Pakistan begins exporting smartphones

Headline ‘ Pakistan begins exporting smartphones

Inovi Telecom, after authorisation from Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), has exported 5,500 units of 4G smartphones carrying the “manufactured in Pakistan” tag to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In a statement issued on Saturday, the authority said, “PTA congratulates the company for this landmark achievement. This is the outcome of concerted efforts for the setting up of the mobile device manufacturing ecosystem in the country”.

The implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System and facilitating government policies, including the mobile manufacturing policy, have set up a favourable environment for mobile device manufacturing in Pakistan.

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“As a part of our policy, Inovi Telecom Pvt. The PTA issued ltd mobile manufacturing authorisation on 9th April 2021,” it added.

As per the PTA, the company has managed to export phones “manufactured in Pakistan” within a few months.

The telecom sector, in recent times, has emerged as a prominent contributor to the national economy as its share in the exchequer rose 129% in 2020 compared to 2019, despite financial pressures arising from Covid-19.

In July, Lucky Motor Corporation agreed with Samsung Gulf Electronics to bring up Samsung mobile phones in Pakistan at its automobile plant at Port Qasim.

Tecno Pack Telecom CEO Aamir Allawala has also termed the joint venture excellent development for the country.

Samsung is a mobile phone giant, and its step to assemble phones in Pakistan is an indication of the success of the Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy (MDMP) propelled by the government in June 2020, Allawala said.

The vision of the policy was clear by 2022; 80% of all phones sold in Pakistan should be manufactured locally, he said.

The brands currently being manufactured in Pakistan included Infinix, Itel, Vivo, Tecno, Oppo and Realme, while Nokia is setting up a plant and beginning operations in September 2021, he further said.

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