ISLAMABAD: As the license for mobile set assemblies expires next month, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Tuesday ordered 19 foreign and local companies to manufacture mobile devices locally. Issued permission.
The licenses are issued under the Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations 2021, which were issued by the PTA in January this year.
Oppo and Vivo are also among the prominent companies seeking manufacturing licenses. Companies must complete an already approved deletion program within two years.
Mobile companies were previously given a six-month deposit license, which expires in June, while the manufacturing license is valid for 10 years.
A PTA spokesperson said, “The idea is to promote ‘Made in Pakistan’ not only for seats but also for parts. International brands with manufacturing licenses have to export their products to the Middle East.” Plan
Mobile phone manufacturers will have to implement a localization plan that includes up to 2% local packaging by the end of the year.
By the end of two years, 2pc device chargers will have to be manufactured locally, 10pc of all motherboard assemblies will have to be manufactured locally, 10pc of all batteries, 8pc of total finished display screens and 8pc of plastic parts will have to be manufactured. Will be.
In addition to mobile sets, the license will also apply to devices including tablets, routers, dongles, tracking, etc.
While 4G mobile sets were also introduced in the country, a large majority of the seats assembled in the country were 2G and 3G compatible.
However, stakeholders believe that the manufacturing policy will ultimately lead to the growth of specialized industries in the telecom sector.
Muzaffar Hayat Paracha said, “Currently we have been told to set up our own manufacturing unit, but in the end the result will be that some investors will set up a manufacturing unit for batteries, cables or ICs etc. and all the manufacturers Will start supplying. ” Pakistan Mobile Importers and Manufacturers Association
He added that mobile sets have a short service life and that companies will focus on marketing as well as upgrading their products, while those who develop technical parts sell their products to other customers or as spare parts. Can do
During the year 2020, Pakistan imported more than 32.8 million mobile sets. The government intends to reduce the bulk of the country’s production by producing mid-range and low-cost seats.
Asim Ayaz, General Manager, Policy Engineering Development Board (EDB), said the mobile device manufacturing policy provides significant benefits for the local manufacture of mobile phones and accessories, especially at a price of $ 200 per imported set. Even less However, he added that a small portion of imports for high-end sets would continue.