19 companies granted approval for Mobile phone manufacturing in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued Mobile Device Manufacturing Authorizations to 19 foreign and local companies for the production of mobile devices (2G/3G/4G) locally.

The approval which will be valid for 10 years will support these companies in establishing their own brand in the country. Moreover these companies will also be authorised to sell their products in the local market as well as export it to the international consumers.

The government has introduced a comprehensive and supportive Mobile Manufacturing Policy, subsequent to which the PTA issued Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations in 2021. These developments made way for the issuance of manufacturing authorisations, a major milestone in the journey towards “Digital Pakistan”.

The Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations, 2021 binds the manufacturers of eight percent of the total manufactured devices to be done locally by the end of two years, and displaying “Manufactured in Pakistan.” The applicant must have valid registration of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

According to the policy: at the end of one year, two percent of total manufactured device packaging to be done locally, two percent of total manufactured device chargers will be produced domestically, one percent of total manufactured device hand-free to be produced in the country, 10 percent of total manufactured device motherboard assembly (PCBA) to be produced locally. At the end of 2nd year, eight percent of total manufactured device need to be done locally, eight percent of total manufactured device display screens and components to be produced locally, 10 percent of total manufactured device batteries will be produced locally.

For the establishment of manufacturing unit it has been made compulsory for the applicants to have Laboratory of Reliability Testing, Battery Test Lab, Accessories Test Lab, and Radio Frequency Audio and Optical Lab. Quality and Control Testing at assembly line including Device Function Test (b) Controlled Drop test of device (c) Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) setup/tools (e.g. ESD coat, cap, wrist band etc.).