ISLAMABAD. Jan 4 (INP): Chinese mobile phone manufacturing companies have played a crucial role in helping Pakistan bypass import of mobile phones in 2021, says a report published by Gwadar Pro.
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, in 2021, the production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants surpassed the imports of mobile phones.
According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), during Jan-November 2021, the production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants was 22.12 million while the imports remained at 9.95 million. In 2020, the number of locally manufactured mobile phones was 13.05 million against the hefty 24.51 million imports.
According to PTA’s data, currently, in Pakistan, the number of mobile 2G devices on the Pakistani network is 48 million while 52 million are smartphone users.
The top ten locally assembling/manufacturing brands include China’s Itel, VGO TEL, Infinix, Vivo, Tecno, QQMEE, and Oppo the remaining three companies are mostly assembling parts imported from China.
During Jan-November 2021, Itel manufactured 3.91 million mobile devices, VGO Tel 2.97m, Infinix 2.65m, Vivo 2.45m, Techno 1.87m, QQMEE 0.86, and Oppo 0.67 million.
In August 2021, for the first time “Made in Pakistan” 4G smartphones were exported by Inovi Telecom to the Middle East. It was the beginning of the export of “Made in Pakistan” mobile devices.