Pakistan imported $1.946 billion worth of mobile phones during July-May 2021-22. Compared to the figure of 1.860 billion dollars over the same period last year, this development represents an increase of 4.62%.
The data, provided by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), is interesting given the rise in local phone manufacturing.
Overall, the country’s telecommunications imports increased by 11.5 percent over the past year, from $2.337 billion to $2.597 billion.
PBS data suggests that, on a monthly basis, mobile phone imports into Pakistan decreased by 35.54% in May 2022 and remained at $137.213 million compared to $212.881 million imported in April 2022.
Meanwhile, on a yearly basis, mobile phones saw negative growth of 21.82% in May 2022 from $175.501 million in May 2021.
On a monthly basis, the country’s overall telecommunications imports declined by 33.50% in May 2022 and remained at $183.985 million, compared to imports of $276.652 million in April 2022.
On a yearly basis, overall telecommunications imports experienced a negative growth of 16.60% from $220.559 million in May 2021. Imports of other devices in July-May 2021-22 increased by 36.66 % and remained at $651.323 million from $476.612 million in July-May 2020-21.
The increase in mobile imports despite the increase in locally manufactured handsets is certainly remarkable. According to PTA data, out of the more than 9 million locally manufactured mobile phones, 53% are smartphones while 47% are 2G devices on the Pakistani network.