19 Local And Foreign Companies, Including Oppo And Vivo, Authorized To Manufacture Mobile Phones In Pakistan

Mobile Phone Manufacturing In India: Towards A Brighter Future | IBEF | IBEFThe PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has approved 19 local and foreign companies to assemble mobile devices in Pakistan.

This move is considered to help reduce the prices of cell phones, along with the country’s import bill.

According to the PTA, mobile subscriptions surpassed 164 million in 2020.

Owing to this significant size and constant growth in mobile connectivity, the South Asian country has become the world’s seventh-largest handset importer as per the Trade Map Data.

“Originally valid for the following 10 years, the producers may also build their new brand under the authorization, assisting in the advancement of ‘Manufactured in Pakistan’ culture,” the PTA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, top mobile manufacturers such as Oppo, Tecno, Airlink, Inovi, Vivo, G-five, and Transsion, have acquired permission to produce 2G, 3G, and 4G devices.

Apart from fulfilling the local demand for mobile phones, Pakistani companies have also planned to export the devices worldwide in the future.

“The device production plants will be necessary for providing fresh job opportunities and low-priced handsets for Pakistani users,” predicted Asim Ayaz, the General Manager of the Engineering Development Board (EDB).

The authorities have launched a broad and supportive Mobile Manufacturing Policy, following which the PTA announced Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations in 2021.

“These advancements made it easy for the issuance of production authorizations, a significant milestone in the quest towards ‘Digital Pakistan’,” it said.

It is pertinent to note that Pakistan’s entire yearly market size is valued at 34 million handsets.

Of them, more than 20 million are 2G and just 14 million are 3G and 4G, collectively.

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