Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) reports local manufacturers produced 18.14 million phone handsets during January to October 2022, compared to 1.29 million imported phones handsets.
In October 2022, 1.44 million mobile phone handsets were manufactured and assembled in the local manufacturing plants.
During the calendar year 2021, the number of mobile phone handsets that were manufactured or assembled by local manufacturing plants stood at 24.66 million compared to 13.05 million in 2020, a significant increase of 88 percent. It has been revealed that the commercial imports of mobile phone handsets stood at 10.26 million in 2021 when compared to 24.51 million in 2020, according to official data released by PTA.
As part of the 18.14 million handsets that were locally manufactured or assembled, 10.51 million were 2G handsets, whereas 7.63 million were smartphones.
Moreover, according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), 55 percent of the mobile devices on the Pakistan network are smartphones, and 45 percent of them are 2G devices. It should be noted that in spite of the increase in the production of mobile phones locally, Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $226.051 million during the first four months of the current fiscal year 2022-23, representing a negative growth of 64.94 percent from the same period last year when the imports were $444.62 million.
Based on data provided by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), there has been an increase of 12.62 percent in mobile phone imports from September 2022 to October 2022 and they stood at $65.780 million in October 2022 compared to $58.407 million in September 2022.
The imports of mobile phones in October 2022 registered a negative change of 56.06 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis when compared to $149.712 million in the same month a year ago.
With the successful implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) and the adoption of conducive government policies including the Mobile Manufacturing Policy, Pakistan has created the perfect environment for the manufacture of mobile devices.