In recent years, Pakistan has emerged as a significant player in the global mobile handset manufacturing industry. The country’s local manufacturing plants have been busy, producing and assembling a substantial number of mobile handsets. The latest data, covering the first eight months of 2023, is truly remarkable. Local manufacturing plants in Pakistan have manufactured and assembled a whopping 10.87 million mobile handsets, far surpassing the 0.84 million imported commercially. This article delves into this impressive feat, the factors contributing to it, and what it means for Pakistan’s economy and the global mobile industry.

A Steady Growth Trajectory

2023: A Year of Milestones

The year 2023 has been a remarkable one for Pakistan’s mobile manufacturing industry. Between January and August, local plants churned out 10.87 million mobile handsets. These handsets can be categorized into two primary types: 2G and smartphones. The statistics reveal that 7.62 million were 2G devices, while 3.04 million were smartphones.

A Look Back at 2022

To put this year’s production in perspective, it’s essential to examine the numbers from the previous year. In 2022, local manufacturing plants in Pakistan manufactured and assembled 21.94 million mobile handsets. It was an impressive figure but not the highest Pakistan has achieved.

The Record-Breaking Year: 2021

The highest point in Pakistan’s mobile handset manufacturing history was reached in 2021 when the country manufactured and assembled a staggering 24.66 million handsets. The growth has been substantial, and Pakistan has been on the global map as a mobile manufacturing hub.

Import vs. Local Production

2022 vs. 2023: A Comparative Analysis

Comparing the numbers, we can see the gradual shift towards local production. In 2022, 21.94 million mobile handsets were manufactured locally, and only 1.53 million were commercially imported, according to the data issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

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A Surging Mobile Phone Market

The mobile phone import figures reveal an interesting trend. In the first two months of the current fiscal year, mobile phone imports surged by a staggering 76 percent, as reported by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

August 2023: A Remarkable Milestone

In August 2023, mobile phone imports reached a substantial $111.34 million, marking a 77 percent increase compared to the same month in 2022. This substantial growth indicates the rising demand for mobile handsets in the country.

July 2023: A Similar Growth Pattern

The growth story continues into July 2023 when mobile phone imports amounted to $68.13 million, reflecting a 76 percent increase compared to July of the previous year.

What’s Driving This Growth?

The Role of Local Manufacturing

Local manufacturing plants play a pivotal role in Pakistan’s growing mobile handset production. The availability of skilled labor, cost-effective manufacturing, and government incentives have significantly contributed to this surge.

Rising Local Demand

With Pakistan’s population exceeding 220 million, there’s a considerable demand for mobile handsets. This domestic demand has encouraged local manufacturing plants to scale up their production capacity.

Exports Opportunities

In addition to meeting domestic demand, Pakistan has started exporting mobile handsets to various countries. This not only brings in foreign exchange but also establishes the country as a reliable source of mobile devices.

A Thriving Mobile Ecosystem

The Bigger Picture

The growth of local mobile manufacturing plants isn’t just about assembling devices. It’s also about fostering a thriving mobile ecosystem. This includes the development of mobile apps, accessories, and creating job opportunities for the local population.


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