Telecom imports increased by 19.85 per cent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of last year. The overall imports of the telecom group were recorded at $363.179 million in July-September (2012-13) against those of $303.028 million in the first quarter in 2011-12, according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The imports of mobile phones witnessed an increase of 1.59 per cent from $164.300 million during last year to $166.913 million during the period under review.
The imports of other apparatus of telecom industry increased by 41.48 per cent, from $138.728 million during last year to $196.266 million, the PBS data revealed. In September 2012, the overall telecom imports increased by 9.52 per cent against September 2011 but decreased by 5.5 per cent when compared to the imports of August 2012. The telecom imports in September 2012 were recorded at $121.855 million against those of $111.265 million in September 2011 and $128.946 million in August 2012. During September 2012, the imports of mobile phones were recorded at $58.147 million against those of $58.992 million in September 2011 and $56.105 in August 2012, showing decrease of 1.43 per cent over September 2011 and increase of 3.64 per cent in August 2012. The imports of other telecom apparatus increased by 21.88 per cent in September 2012 against those of September 2011 while decreased by 12.54 per cent against those of August 2012. The imports of telecom apparatus were recorded at $63.708 million in September 2012 against those of $52.273 million in September 2011 and $72.841 in August 2012, the data revealed.