Taking advantage of the federal government’s new policy on mobile phones, three new companies have announced plans to set up smartphone factories across the country.
According to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, three new companies will set up smartphone manufacturing plants in the country. One of them is a Chinese company that wants to set up mobile phone manufacturing plants in Faisalabad, Lahore and Karachi, which will create jobs and promote mobile technology.
In this regard, PTA further said that with the implementation of PTA’s Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) in the year 2019, the legal import of mobile devices has increased significantly. In addition, more than 33 locally made mobile device manufacturing plants have been set up in Pakistan.
Since the implementation of this system, more than 25 million mobile devices have been manufactured through these plants, including 4G smartphones. After the successful implementation of DIRBS, significant progress has been made in the field of mobile phone manufacturing at the local level, especially in the manufacture of smartphones, and in the year 2019, only 119,639 smartphones were manufactured locally. ۔
Similarly, the number of smartphones increased to 2.1 million in the year 2020, while by the end of the second month of the year 2021, 1.2 million smartphones have been manufactured in Pakistan.
The statistics agency says that Pakistan used to import billions of dollars worth of expensive smartphones every year but now this situation has changed. From July 2020 to January 2021, فون 1.135 billion was spent on mobile phone imports. This rate was 49.32% higher than the previous financial year, as if Pakistan’s major investment in mobile phone imports.
Pakistan currently has 165 million mobile connections, an increase of about 6.2% in the last one year, 9.6 million new connections were made from last January to January this year, and currently 75% of the population in Pakistan has a mobile phone.