5 Mobile Phone Companies to Set Up Assembly Lines in Pakistan

Five companies have submitted applications to establish mobile phone assembly lines in Pakistan. Once authorized, the move will attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of billions of dollars. It will also help decrease imports which continue to along with fiscal trade deficit.

The Companies

The companies that are seeking government’s approval to establish assembly lines are:

  • Haier
  • Mobo Mobiles
  • G5
  • Foxconn and
  • Jio Phone

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is hoping that companies will start operations soon. An official from the authority said, “We expect these companies to start manufacturing mobile phones in their plants soon.”

Recognizing the growing market he said,

Mobile phone users in Pakistan are fast shifting to hi-tech products; of the 24 million mobile sets being imported in a year, almost half are smartphones.

Guidelines were issued by PTA to attract foreign investments from mobile companies. This is an attempt to bring down the prices of smartphones as their demand is continuously increasing.

Assembled in Pakistan

Until now, China has been home to big companies’ assembly lines like thanks to its cheap labor. This has added a significant amount to the country’s economy, however, as the exports have increased in China, prices of labor have also gone up. As a result, companies are now looking for other similar markets like Pakistan and India.

Most popular brands have already established assembly lines in India during the past few years.

Samsung was contacted by Pakistan in a similar attempt to bring in investments, however, one of their officials replied to the email saying,

The government should frame a policy to provide incentives to the brands establishing assembly lines in Pakistan.

Samsung’s reply clearly mentions that Pakistan needs to bring a new policy to support multi-national brands. Something akin to the Auto Policy could also help these smartphone manufacturers in setting up new assembly lines.

Until now, there are no rules and regulations which can prevent infringement and cheap copies in Pakistan. We recently saw that Nokia’snew 3310 was copied by a local brand even before its launch. Something similar was seen in the case of Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

On the other hand, PTA has clearly directed all companies to put “Assembled in Pakistan” on all devices that will be assembled in the country.


Read More: Customs Recover Over 80,000 Smuggled Phones


Guidelines by PTA

PTA has given some relief to the new companies as they will be issued No-objection certificate (NOC) for the first six months. However, after this period, PTA will perform thorough examination to ensure that international standards are being followed. A PTA official says,

“After evaluation and verification, the PTA will issue formal no-objection certificates following inspection of the assembly lines keeping in view the health, safety and technical standards.”

This will also help in decreasing mobile phone smuggling as around $1 billion worth of phones are smuggled into the country every year.

Via: Tribune


  • Smart Geek

    Jio Phone is a Reliance Jio brand of India, how can they start production in Pakistan

  • Good to See that : More Companies More Chance for Employment & Less Price of Product :

    • AbdulB1

      Oye ye koi made in Pakistan nahe just assemble in Pakistan ha.

      • Suraj Dawani

        Right but can join with india

    • Muhammad Kamran

      Yar in ka to nam b nai sona. in k any si na ana better hai. aisi to lako company china mi hai

      • Adeel

        Foxconn ek bada naam hai
        Foxconn is primarily a contract manufacturer; clients include major American, Canadian, Chinese, Finnish, and Japanese electronics and information technology companies. Notable customers and products the company manufactures for include BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo 3DS, Nokia, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One.

  • Q Mobile Ko Bhi Chahyeh K Ab In K Sath PartnerShip Kare Ya Khud Ki Assembly Plant Lagaye
    Aur Import Band KARE

  • Abdul Haseeb

    Kachra Laya ja raha hai

    • Q Mobile Kachre Se Behtar He Hoga

      • AbdulB1

        Q mobile wasn’t all kachra they were selling rebranded Gionee phones.

        • Muhammad Adil Muhammad Yaseen

          at an expensive price

          • AbdulB1

            Gionee phones were even cheaper than they are in India. Qmobile was evading tax so the phones were cheap.

    • Adeel

      Foxconn is primarily a contract manufacturer; clients include major American, Canadian, Chinese, Finnish, and Japanese electronics and information technology companies. Notable customers and products the company manufactures for include BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo 3DS, Nokia, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One.

  • Adnan

    Title dekh kar mai samjha nokia aur samsung bhi honge list me

    • Wo Ayenge Jab Pakistan Ka Stock Exchange 100,000 Point Se Zaida Hoga Aur 6 Month tak Stable Rahega :

      • QUS

        Yaar tum ne kasam khai hoi hai k har post par peshkash karni hai?

        • Shayad Apne Mera Interview Nahi Parha Ya Ap Ne Mujhy Aj He Dekha
          EveryOne Know’s

          • QUS

            I know you from day first, but now its annoying, don’t take it personal but kuch tu khyal karooo.

            • I am not from day first i am since one year ago & baki khayal sub ka hai p

              • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                @AbdulWAHABAlam:disqus

                Carry on Jatta

                :p

  • Danish

    Only Haier is renowned… others??

    • AbdulB1

      Haier is worst. Just read comments about their phones. They have worst quality problems in Pakistan.

      • Danish

        i am not talking about quality…. Haier is known name.. others are new

        • AbdulB1

          Haier is sh** in quality in Pakistan. In China they are known to have good quality but in Pakistan they use cheap practices and inferior quality materials. ask any electronics store or user of haier Pakistan products. even their facebook is filled with complaints about their phones.

    • Pakistani

      Foxconn was one of the vendors of Apple. I doubt they would start any plants in Pakistan as they have already invested significantly in India, Philippines. There were plans of setting up a manufacturing plant in one of the ASEAN countries.
      Jio phone I guess belongs to India. There were plans of setting up an assembly plant in Bangladesh. I doubt Pakistan would be considered.
      G5 has plans in ASEAN countries, again I suspect they would not be interested in South Asian countries.

    • Pakistani

      Foxconn produces their own phone called InFocus.

    • The Lecturer

      Foxconn is a brilliant company. It’s a renowned one and responsible for assembling iPhones.

  • AbdulB1

    I would still prefer made in China. The reason is automation. Chinese now only use machines they have stopped using labor for many tasks and thus the quality has improved.

    • Chines Mobile Maker Pakistan Main Assembly Kare : Under CPEC :

      • AbdulB1

        they are not happy to do it. they are doing it because of high taxation, otherwise they have full robotic manufacturing and assembly lines in China.

  • Mustafa Jamal

    Foxconn = Apple iPhone

    • Phir to Milega Wahi Gurday Ki Qeeemat Main :P

    • Muhammad Arif Kamboh

      yes IPhone foxconn ne bnaya he magar iska matlab yeh nhi k ab iphone pakistan mein bne ga..

      Foxconn mobile manufactured company he na k mobile seller..

      tamam big company foxconn ki customer he like,

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  • criteck

    lol FDI of billions of dollars – by these tiny pint sized midget companies? Our govt is so cute. I guess they think that Samsung shall manufacture its AMOLEDs here.
    And Qmobile shall start its plant? Really? Its just a reseller. Does not even manufacture its own chargers. How exactly shall it assemble OEM phones which are already finished products? Perhaps, they will put their stickers and call it assembly plant lol. btw, they are smuggling phones and were recently caught red handed. Expecting investment from those thieves is hilarious.

  • iPhone is made by Foxconn right ? ? Means Apple will start selling their phones here ♥️

  • Waqas Rabbani

    Foxconn is huge brand of wold electronics including PCs and Mobiles. It will be very huge success if Foxconn came to Pakistan.

  • Foxconn could be a game changer for pakistan but if government gave them tax relaxations and gave them a tasty bait

  • What will Foxconn do in Pakistan, I didn’t even know that they make smartphones??

  • Anwar Mohiuddin

    JIO is the Indian one owned by Ambani group the same group which reportedly has major shares in GEO Tv channel of Pakistan.
    Next, The assembly of mobiles -instead of manufacturing- will bring a lot of profit to the Co: concerned. So if the companies are allowed to take out the same in forex then is it not loss making venture unless they are restricted up to a certain percentage say 25)that can be taken out and the remainingy amount be spent here