Telecom experts are linking the exceptional growth in mobile imports to the implementation of Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).
Mobile Phone Imports Nearly Doubled within the Last 12 Months
Mobile phone imports in June 2020, which stood at $231.303 million, registered 300.62 percent growth as compared to $57.736 million imports in June 2019.
Last month’s figure was 108.27 percent higher in comparison to $111.059 million in May 2020. These figures were revealed within the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
Overall telecom imports saw a rise of 34 percent during July-June (2019-20) in comparison to an equivalent period of last year.
Total imports were recorded at $1.86 billion during this era in comparison to $1.379 billion in July-June (2018-19), while registering 71.62 percent growth in June 2020. This figure stood at $272.576 million in June 2020 as compared to $158.93 million during May 2020.
Other telecom apparatus imports witnessed a decline of over 21.36 percent in July-June (2019-20) because it stood at $490.754 million against $624.017 million during an equivalent period of last year.
In comparison to May 2020, other telecom apparatus imports registered 13.41 percent negative growth in June because it was $41.453 million compared to $47.871 million in May 2020.