Mobile phone imports register decline in July

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 24 (APP): Mobile phone imports in Pakistan have registered decline of over 29 percent in first month of current fiscal year 2016-17.
Total imports of mobile phone stood at $ 46,201 in month of July 2016 against $ 65,974 in the previous month of June 2016. However, it increased by 1.84 percent as compared to $ 45,368 during same period of previous year i.e. July 2015.
According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), overall telecom imports saw decline of 31.54 percent during July 2016 as compared to previous month of June 2016.
Total imports were recorded at $ 74,261 during July 2016 as compared to $ 108,628 in June 2016 while registered 5.13 percent decline as compared to $ 78,277 during July 2015.
Other telecom apparatus import also witnessed significant decline of 34 percent during the first month of current financial year as it stood at $ 28,060 during July 2016 against $42,654 in June 2016.
When compared to the previous year other telecom apparatus imports registered 14.73 percent decline as it was $ 32,909 in July 2015.
According to analysts, telecom sector has become saturated with respect to infrastructure investment and other apparatus, therefore the decline in overall telecom import is justifiable.
However, in next two years, smartphones are expected to cross 55 percent of mobile phone imports. Smartphone adoption in Pakistan is expected to grow due to expanding 3G and 4G networks (currently 3G services are available in more than 200 cities and towns) and more affordable smartphones are available in the market.