The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has notified Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations, 2021 stating that 8% of all mobile devices have to be manufactured in Pakistan by the end of 2023. The locally manufactured devices should have “Manufactured in Pakistan” clearly written on them.
An application for the grant of Authorization to manufacture mobile devices in Pakistan shall be made the form set out in Schedule “A” to these regulations. The authorization holder shall ensure localisation of mobile device manufacturing in the manner prescribed below: at the end of one year, 2 percent of total manufactured device packaging to be done locally, 2 percent of total manufactured device chargers to be produced locally, 1 percent of total manufactured device hand-free to be produced locally, 10 percent of total manufactured device motherboard assembly (PCBA) to be produced locally; at the end of 2nd year, 8 percent of total manufactured device to be done locally, 8 percent of total manufactured device display screens and components to be produced locally, 10 percent of total manufactured device batteries to be produced locally.
All devices shall be manufactured as per ITU-T technical standards and certification reports for all components shall be provided to the PTA for verification. Moreover to ensure strict adherence to quality and safety standards the regulatory authority shall conduct inspections of the manufacturing facility through its designated representative.
The Authorization holder shall demonstrate the following equipment is installed in manufacturing facility as part of inspections, 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.).