Mobile phone import reaches $478 million in eight months

March 19, 2019: The first eight months of current fiscal year has witnessed mobile phone import of $478.14 million in the country, showing 9.11 per cent decline as compared to same period last year.

During same period (July-Feb 2017-18) the mobile phone import was $526.03 million, these figures were revealed in data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

As per details, mobile phone imports in February 2019 which stood at $54.320 million, registered a 22.15 per cent decline as compared to $69.779 million imports in February 2018.

The last month's figure was – 9.12 percent when compared to $59.771 million in January 2019.

Overall telecom imports saw a decline of 9.91 per cent during July-February (2018-19) when compared to same period of last year.

Total imports were recorded at $904.016 million during this period when compared to $1 billion in July-February (2017-18).

This figure stood at $120.565 million in February 2019 as compared to $127.524 million during January 2019.

Other telecom apparatus imports witnessed a phenomenal decline of over 10.81 per cent in July-February (2018-19) as it stood at $425.879 million against $477.5 million during same period of last year.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) expects increased revenue from import of mobile devices annually after Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) implementation.

(APP)

Posted on: 2019-03-19T10:03:00+05:00

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