ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has produced 12.27 million mobile phones as opposed to the imports of 8.29m sets throughout seven months of 2021, according to PTA.
Taking it to Twitter, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority stated, “the production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants has surpassed the number of mobile phones imports in Pakistan.”
However, sets that are compatible with 2G are still used the most in local manufacturing in comparison to smartphones.
From January to July, 4.87m were 4G compatible smartphones, whereas the majority of 7.4m mobile phones sets were compatible with 2G technology, out of the total 12.27m mobile phones manufactured within the country.
Amir Allahwala, the CEO of Tecno says, “In the year 2020, only 2.06m smartphones were manufactured in the country against 10.98m 2G sets. This year, almost 5m smartphones have already been rolled out and the gap with 2G sets is not too wide.” He focused on how the trend was shifting and in future months, the ratio amongst the smartphones, and 2G compatible phones will close in.
PTA has announced that the successful application of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) and favorable government policies such as the mobile manufacturing policy have produced a complementary framework for mobile device manufacturing in Pakistan.
The PTA said a mobile ecosystem has been implemented in the country by reducing the affected device market, creating opportunities for commercial items. This has built trust between consumers and manufacturers because of the formulation of regulated legal channels for all kinds of device imports.
Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations of January 2021 urged manufacturers to build their units, as told by the authorities.
Currently, 26 companies have been granted MDM permission allowing them to produce mobile devices . Amongst these are brands like Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, Tecno, Infinix, Vgotel, Q-mobile, etc.