Mobile phone imports in the country have cost $136.917 million to the national exchequer in the current fiscal year (July-August) 2018-19 as compared to $129.093 million during the same period last year, registering

a 6.06 per cent growth.

Mobile phone imports in August 2018 which stood at $67.67 million, registered an 11 per cent growth as compared to $60.8257 million imports in August 2017.

Last month’s figure was lower by 2.27 per cent when compared to $69.24 million in July 2018. These figures were revealed in the latest data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Overall telecom imports saw a decline of 6.49 per cent during July-August 2018 when compared to same period of last year.

Total imports were recorded at $215.73 million during this period when compared to $230.692 million in July-August 2017, registering a 7.06 per cent growth in August 2018.

This figure stood at $111.544 million in August as compared to $104.187 million during July 2018.

Other telecom apparatus imports witnessed a phenomenal decline of over 22 per cent in July-August 2018 as it stood at $78.81 million against $101.599 million during

same period of last year.

When compared to July 2018, other telecom apparatus imports registered 25.56 per cent growth as it was the $34.94 million compared to $43.87 million in August 2018.