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Pakistan’s local mobile phone manufacturing almost doubles in 2021

Pakistan manufactured 22.12 million mobile phones locally as compared to 13 million last year

Cellphone manufacturing at local plants in Pakistan witnessed a significant increase of 3.25 million in the month of November. The total production from January through November 2021 hit a record 22.12 million – a massive increase as compared to 13 million phones manufactured last year in Pakistan

In the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, the production of cellphones by local manufacturing plants has roughly doubled against the import of commercial mobile phones during the same period. Against the local production of 22.12 million, the import of commercial mobile phones from January through November was recorded at 9.95 million.

Data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics shows that, despite the growth in local production of mobile phones, Pakistan imported mobile phones of worth $856.727 million during the first five months of the current fiscal year, 18.32% higher than $724.083 million during the same period of fiscal 2020-2021.

The Pakistan government earlier this year introduced a mobile manufacturing policy to encourage and attract cellphone manufacturers to set up their production units in Pakistan.

Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations were issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on 28th January 2021 under the light of policy issued by the government and right now 27 companies have MDM Authorization which enables them to manufacture mobile devices in Pakistan. The companies included renowned brands like Nokia, Samsung, Oppo, Q-mobile, TECNO, Vgotel, and Infinix, etc.

The data issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority indicates that the local production trend shows a positive uptake on the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Authorization regulatory regime of PTA, evident by a significant increase in local mobile phone manufacturing. The 22.12 million cellphones manufactured during the first 11 months of 2021 include 9.03 million 4G smartphones.

The establishment of 27 mobile manufacturing plants in Pakistan brought in an investment of more than $126 million to the country and generated more than 10,000 jobs, according to the data shared by the PTA.

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