PTA provides 19 mobile production licenses in order to launch the 'Made in Pakistan' mobile brands

Tuesday the watchdog said through Twitter the authority of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has approved 19 international and local firms to manufacture mobile devices (2G/3G/4G) locally.

The PTA further noted that licenses will continue for 10 years to enable local manufacturers to build their own brands in order to promote the culture of "made in Pakistan" and to increase exports because the manufactured equipment may potentially be sold to competitive marketplaces throughout the world. The Authority was also optimistic that the manufacturing units will play a key role in offering Pakistani users new jobs and affordable handsets.

"The Government has adopted a comprehensive and supportive mobile production policy, after which PTA adopted its Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations in 2021, in order to encourage the manufacturer to set up their factories in Pakistan," stated the authority.

It said that these developments marked a significant milestone on the route to "Digital Pakistan" for issuing manufacturing licenses.

On Saturday, 20 March, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, the Federal Minister for Industry and Production, stated that three new smartphone factories will be established in the country.

Hammad Azhar stated the Lahore smartphone production plant will create 6 million mobile phones per year.