Telecom experts are thinking that possibly this huge increase in mobile phone imports are due to the implementation of Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), which is a system that recognizes the non-compliant devices operating on local mobile networks. It automatically registers compliant devices operating on the mobile networks and in the end blocks all non-compliant devices.
In June 2020, mobile phone imports increased by 300.62% and made $231.303 Million which is quite unusual if we compare it with June 2019 imports, which stood at $57.736 Million.
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), revealed some statistics regarding the imports, according to these statistics, in June 2020, the figure was 108.21% higher when compared to May 2020, which stood at $111.059 Million.
Across the board, telecom imports observed an increase of 34% during July-June (2019-20) when compared to the same period of last year. Total imports were recorded at $1.86 Billion during this period when compared to $1.379 Billion in July-June (2018-19), while registering 71.62% growth in June 2020. This figure stood at $272.576 Million in June 2020 as compared to $158.93 Million during May 2020.
Although, other telecom network imports suffered with a downfall of over 21.36% in July-June (2019-20) as they made only $490.754 Million in contrast to $624.017 Million during the same period last year. After that, when compared to May 2020, other telecom network imports registered 13.41% downfall in June as they were $41.453 Million compared to $47.871 Million.