The Economic Survey of Pakistan reports that local manufacturing of mobiles witnessed a record 375% increase since 2018 which has reduced the import bill and made the mid-range smartphones more affordable.
According to the survey 24.7 million mobile phones were locally assembled & manufactured in 2021, as compared to 5.7 million mobile phones in 2018. The increased local manufacturing has created jobs, according to the survey these assembly plants created 24,000 jobs in 2021-22, as compared to 600 in 2020.
According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, local mobile handset manufacturing plants produced 3.94 million handsets in February, compared to 0.36 million commercially imported handsets (PTA). The Made in Pakistan mobile phones are increasing reducing the imports and also increasing the exports.
In February, 2.38 million 2G phones and 1.56 million smartphones were manufactured/ assembled locally. According to PTA data, 53% were smartphones, and 47% used 2G on Pakistani networks.
The number of mobile phones manufactured/assembled locally in Pakistan in 2021 increased by 88 percent compared to 2020. 24.66 million mobile phones were manufactured in 2021 compared to 13.05 million in 2020. Local manufacturing has reduced imports of mobile phones from 24.51 million in 2020 to 10.26 million in 2021.
So far, 30 companies have acquired licenses and plan to produce 10.1 million smartphones by 2021, creating 2,000 jobs in the process. It is worth noting that Samsung, in collaboration with local partners, has also entered the local manufacturing market.
Furthermore, Pakistan made history by exporting its first-ever smartphone shipment to the United Arab Emirates with the ‘Manufactured in Pakistan’ label.
“With the successful execution of DIRBS, the local assembly industry has evolved from infancy to a well-growing stage, with significant growth seen in the local assembly of smartphones,” PTA said.
In addition to Samsung, one of the leading smartphone manufacturing companies, Nokia, Oppo, TECNO, Infinix, Vgotel, and Q-mobile have also collaborated with the local manufacturing companies in Pakistan.