The manufactured/assembled mobile handsets by local manufacturing plants during the calendar year 2021 stood at 24.66 million compared to 13.05 million in 2020, an increase of 88 percent.The commercial imports of mobile handsets stood at 10.26 million in 2021 compared to 24.51 million in 2020, revealed the official data of PTA

trend reflects a positive uptake on the PTA’s Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Authorization regulatory regime, whereby, local manufacturing within the first year of regime introduction has resulted in the production of 24.66 million phones in a short span of one year, including 10.06 million 4G smartphoThe successful implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) along with conducive government policies including the mobile manufacturing policy has created a favorable environment for mobile manufacturing in Pakistan.

It has also contributed positively to the mobile ecosystem of Pakistan by eliminating the counterfeit device market, providing a level-playing field for commercial entities and has created trust among consumers due to the formulation of standardized legal channels for all sorts of device imports. The government had introduced a mobile manufacturing policy to encourage and attract manufacturers to establish their units in Pakistan.PTA further reinforced this impact by issuing the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations, 2021, that eased the process for obtaining a No-Objection Certificate (NoC) for manufacturing and local assembly of mobile phones in Pakistan.

As many as 30 companies have obtained licenses so far, producing over 10 million smartphones in 2021 while creating 2,000 jobs. Samsung also joined the local manufacturing market in collaboration with local partners. Pakistan also made history by exporting its first-ever smartphone consignment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the ‘Manufactured in Pakistan’ tag.