According to Economic Survey of Pakistan 24.7M mobiles were locally assembled & manufactured in 2021, as compared to 5.7M mobiles in 2018. The local plants created 24,000 jobs in 2021-22, as compared to 600 in 2020.
The production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants in Pakistan has surpassed the total number of mobile phone imported during the year 2021 so far.
According to the data released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday Pakistan manufactured 12.27 million mobile phones against the import of just 8.29 million sets during the first seven months of 2021.
“Indeed, the credit goes first to the PTA for bringing in the Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), which effectively stopped the smuggling of phones. But it were the ministries of IT and industries, together with the Engineering Development Board (EDB), that brought the right policy,” said ICT expert Parvez Iftikhar.
2G compatible mobile sets continue to dominate local manufacturing in the country as out of the 12.27 million mobile phones locally manufactured between January and July, only 4.87 million were 4G compatible smartphones, whereas the bulk of 7.4 million mobile phones sets were 2G technology.
“In the year 2020, only 2.06 million smartphones were manufactured in Pakistan against 10.98 million 2G sets. This year, almost 5 million smart phones have already been rolled out and the gap with 2G sets is not too wide,” said CEO of Tecno Amir Allahwala, regarding the narrowing down of gap between the smartphones and old 2G technology-based sets.
Export of mobile phones likely to cross $1 billion target
Mobile phone exports will surpass the target of $1 billion owing to incentives given by the government and driven by the ‘Made in Pakistan’ philosophy during current fiscal year 2021-22.
The statement was voiced by Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood who was talking to members of the Pakistan Mobile Phone Manufacturers Association.
The adviser highlighted the incentives offered by the government to the mobile phone industry stakeholders through the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy 2020.