Increasing trend of local Mobiles manufacturing

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) data has revealed that the local manufacturing trend reflects a positive uptake on the PTA’s Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Authorization regulatory regime. As per the PTA data, 52 percent mobile devices are smartphones and 48 percent 2G on Pakistan network. A significant increase of around 3.25 million has been observed by local manufacturer of mobile phones. In the month of November 2021, the total production has reached 22.12 million in the first 11 months of the current calendar year. The production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants has more than double against the import of commercial mobile phones in the country during Jan-November 2021 as the local production was recorded at 22.12 million compared to the imported mobile phones of 9.95 million. However, despite the increase in local production of mobile phones, Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $856.727 million during the first five months (July-November) of 2021 compared to $724.083 million during the same period of last year, registering a growth of 18.32 percent, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) data. The PTA in light of the policy issued Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations on 28th January 2021. Till now, 27 companies have been issued MDM Authorization enabling them to manufacture mobile devices in Pakistan. The companies included renowned brands like Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, TECNO, Infinix, Vgotel, Q-mobile, etc.