Local manufacturing plants produced 7.16 million phones handsets during the first three months of 2022 against 0.61 million commercially imported units, according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
Additionally, 3.52 million mobile phones handsets were manufactured in March against the commercial imports of 0.15 million handsets.
Locally manufactured mobile phones handsets numbered 24.66 million in 2021 as compared to 13.05 million in 2020, which is an increase of 88 percent. Conversely, the commercial imports of mobile phones handsets in 2021 stood at 10.26 million against 24.51 million in 2020, as per the PTA data.
The locally manufactured 7.16 million mobile phones handsets included 4.33 million 2G and 2.83 million 3G and 4G smartphones. The PTA data also revealed that 53 percent of the handsets are smartphones and 47 percent are 2G handsets.