According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, local manufacturing facilities produced or assembled 18.14 million phone handsets during the first ten months of 2022, as opposed to 1.29 million commercially imported phone handsets (PTA).
In October 2022, the regional manufacturing facilities produced or assembled 1.44 million mobile phone devices.
Local manufacturing facilities produced/assembled 24.66 million mobile phone handsets in 2021 as opposed to 13.05 million in 2020, a historic rise of 88 percent. According to PTA’s official figures, commercial imports of mobile phone handsets decreased to 10.26 million in 2021 from 24.51 million in 2020.
10.51 million 2G and 7.63 million smartphones were among the 18.14 million mobile phone devices produced or built locally.
Additionally, according to PTA data, 45 percent of mobile devices on the Pakistani network are 2G and 55 percent are smartphones. Nevertheless, Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $226.051 million during the first four months (July–October) of the current
fiscal year 2022–23, registering a negative growth of 64.94 percent compared to $644.672 million during the same period last year. This was done despite an increase in local mobile phone production.
According to data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), mobile phone imports increased monthly (MoM) by 12.62 percent from $58.407 million in September 2022 to $65.780 million in October 2022.
In October 2022, mobile phone imports decreased by $56.06% on a year-over-year (YoY) basis from $149.712 million in the corresponding month of the previous year.
A favourable environment for mobile device manufacture has been developed in Pakistan thanks to the successful implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) and supportive government policies, such as the mobile manufacturing policy.