According to the data revealed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) the manufacturing of local mobile phones for the first six months of 2022 stands at 14.08 million. The locally manufactured/assembled 14.08 million mobile phones handsets include 8.06 million 2G and 6.02 million smartphones. Further as per the PTA data, 54 percent mobile devices are smartphones and 46 percent 2G on Pakistan network.
The local manufacturing of phones has had a positive effect on decreasing the imports of phones in the country. The recent ban on imports has also had a substantial effect on the imports of phones. According to the data on a month-on-month basis, imports of mobile phones into Pakistan decreased by 76.52 percent during June 2022 and remained $32.221 million when compared to $137.213 million imported in May 2022.
On a year-on-year basis, mobile phones witnessed 84.26 percent negative growth when compared to $204.677 million in June 2021. The implementation of Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) has created a favorable environment for mobile device manufacturing in Pakistan.