Three more mobile phone companies make Smart phones in Pakistan

Three companies agreed to set up production plants in Pakistan and begin to manufacture cell telephones locally after relaxation in withholding taxes.

Three new entrants - Airlink, Vivo, and Advance Telecom - have applied to build production plants in Pakistan and need the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Ministry of Industry and Production (MoIP) permissions, as per the senior Engineering Development Board (EDB) officials.


Airlink has called for a unit in Lahore, while Advance Telecom wants to establish a unit in Karachi, the official revealed. 'Vivo plans to establish its unit in Faisalabad.

The EDB is the state secretariat for local cell phone production in Pakistan. The official commented.

The government recently promulgated an order to eliminate the withholding tax on locally produced telephones to promote the assembly and development of mobile devices in Pakistan. Investors enjoyed this move so much.


"Now, after-tax break-up, there is a difference of about Rs. 1 900 per set between a mobile phone assembled locally and an imported phone worth $100," said Amir Allahwala, Chief Executive Officer of the company that makes Infinix and Techno mobile devices.

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