Pakistan becomes smartphone exporter, sends first consignment of 5,500 mobile sets to UAE

Pakistan becomes smartphone exporter, sends first consignment of 5,500 mobile sets to UAE

Mobile phone regulator Pakistan Telecommunications Authority in a statement on Saturday congratulated the company for the achievement and hoped that the smartphone exports will increase further.

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Pakistan has become an exporter of smartphones by sending smartphones manufactured in the country to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to a Dawn news report, the first consignment of 5,500 mobile sets of 4G smartphones manufactured by Innovi Telecom of Pakistan has been sent to UAE on Friday. However, local manufacturers of mobile phones have emphasized the need for an export supportive policy. He says that with this Pakistan will be able to give tough competition to competing companies in West Asia.

Mobile phone regulator Pakistan Telecommunications Authority in a statement on Saturday congratulated the company for the achievement and hoped that the smartphone exports will increase further. The authority said that this is the result of concerted efforts to develop the mobile phone manufacturing environment in the country.

Innovi Telecom completes first order in four months

Innovi Telecom Pvt Ltd was given permission in April to manufacture mobile phones. The company has been able to fulfill its first export order within four months. The company’s chief executive, Zeeshan Miyan Noor, said the company’s main goal is to enter the low-cost phone markets in the Middle East, including Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

He said, ‘We are building Chinese brands. There are a large number of migrant workers in the Gulf countries. High-end consumers in Gulf countries prefer high-end mobile brands and we should not even try to enter that market. Zeeshan further said that his primary target was to consolidate his hold on the general public market in these Gulf countries, while ordinary citizens of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan have also preferred mobile sets up to US$ 100.

What Pakistan’s Telecom Minister has to say on smartphone exports

Pakistan’s IT and Telecom Minister Syed Amin-ul-Haq told Dawn that “favourable” government policies have helped Pakistan achieve the milestone of transforming from a net mobile phone importer to an exporting country. He said that a conducive environment is being provided to companies in local mobile device manufacturing and smuggling of mobile phones has been stopped through Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).

The minister said that once the production of spare parts for mobile sets starts next year, local manufacturers will eventually move towards assembling high-end phones. On the other hand, a senior person in this sector has said that in view of the changing scenario, the government’s approach towards increasing the export market is slow.

Pakistan is the only player to compete with Bangladesh

Transsion Tecno Electronics CEO Amir Allahwalla said that the total export of mobile sets by China is more than US$ 140 billion, but this was only due to low labor cost, which has now increased significantly. “The Chinese are moving towards high-tech items and shifting their mobile set manufacturing to countries like India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh,” he said.

He said labor costs in Vietnam and Indonesia were very high and, according to Dawn, Chinese businesses are no longer expanding in India due to rising political tensions. Along with this he asked “Now Pakistan is the only player left to compete with Bangladesh, but is the government ready to provide us the same level of facilities?” “We have proved that investors can meet the target but the future of export of mobile sets depends on the policies of the government,” he said.

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