Pakistan produces more than 1.2 million cellphones in January-February this year
"These plants have produced around 25 million mobile devices, including 4G smartphones after the launch of DIRBS," the PTA revealed.
Pakistan’s mobile phone assembly segment grew rapidly and produced around 1.21 million mobile phones in just two months (January & February) of 2021.
The output was notably higher than just 119,639 mobile phones assembled in the entire 2019.
According to a statement released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday, the implementation of the Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) in 2019 led to a notable increase in legal imports of mobile devices.
It also helped to set up over 33 assembly plants of mobile devices in Pakistan, it said.
“These plants have produced around 25 million mobile devices, including 4G smartphones after the launch of DIRBS,” the PTA revealed.
“Following successful execution of the system, the regional assembly segment evolved from infancy to maturity stage with a significant growth in the local assembly of smartphones.”
In light of the immense impact of DIRBS, the authorities introduced a comprehensive mobile manufacturing policy to attract global producers to set up their plants in the country.
PTA highlighted that it recently released the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations, following which a massive number of mobile device manufacturing applications started coming in.
“This enterprise will help create more jobs in this technology sector as well as permit consumers to buy locally produced mobile devices,” it stated.
It pointed out that the South Asian country had the distinction of implementing the world’s first open-source, full-fledged DIRBS.
The regulatory authority emphasized that DIRBS could identify all International Mobile Equipment Identities (IMEIs) connected to Pakistan’s mobile networks and categorize them according to their compliance status.
In recent times, the telecom sector has surfaced as a prominent contributor to Pakistan’s economy.
The sector’s share in the national exchequer soared 129% in 2020 compared to 2019, despite economic pressure arising from Covid-19.
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