PTA gives Kia-Lucky license to manufacture Samsung smartphones

Lahore (Nut-Desk)

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has given Lucky Motor Corporation Limited the license to manufacture Samsung smartphones in the country and Production facility will become functional by December 2021.

The Lucky Motor Corporation is a subsidiary of Lucky Cement Limited and assembles Kia cars in Pakistan.

“In accordance with Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations 2021, PTA has issued MDM authorization to Lucky Motor Corporation Limited for manufacturing of Samsung brand mobile devices,” the PTA announced on Tuesday.

The company had applied for authorization to set up a mobile device manufacturing plant in Karachi where it will manufacture Samsung mobile devices.

“The manufacturing of Samsung mobile devices in Pakistan is a landmark achievement and will further revolutionize the vibrant mobile manufacturing ecosystem in the country by ensuring presence of major local and foreign players in the market,” PTA said in a media release.

PTA has so far issued MDM authorizations to 25 foreign and local companies for the production of mobile devices (2G/3G/4G) locally.

Earlier, LMC announced it had entered into an agreement with Samsung Gulf Electronics Co. for producing the brand’s mobile devices in Pakistan.

Muhammad Rizwan, the president of the Karachi Electronics Dealers Association, who also has stakes in the retail business of mobile phones, says one can expect a 10% to 15% decrease price of Samsung cell phones after local assembling begins.

Seven months ago, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo also announced its plan to establish a manufacturing facility in Pakistan. Q-Mobile, G-Five, Infinix, and Tecno among other companies are already manufacturing mobile phones in Pakistan.