PTA bans sale of China's Xiaomi smartphones in Pakistan

Compan­y says it hasn't received a 'ration­al statem­ent' so far regard­ing ban

News Desk August 03, 2016

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Wednesday said Pakistan Telecommunication  Authority has barred the sale and marketing of all Mi devices in the country.

"The PTA has demanded that has to stop the sale/marketing of all Mi mobile devices... We want our customers and people around the country to understand the monopoly of some brands in the market," the company said in a statement. However, the company did not say which monopoly it was referring to.

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"We believe that the Pakistani market deserves to have fair competition but these events make us ponder that some competitors believe in grabbing the market through influence instead of competing on the basis of quality and service."

We have great respect for the authorities at the PTA, and we believe their intentions are good. But it is quite surprising that Pakistani customer’s right has been denied without any reason. if they have any legitimate concern we are ready to address it but so far we haven't got any rational reason, the statement added.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), in October 2014 Xiaomi was the third largest smartphone maker in the world, following Samsung and Apple Inc.


Shakil Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply this makes me wonder, PTA is telecom regulator, that regulates telco companies! Now if they wish to regulate phones being used by consumers, they will have to come up with solid reasons. First they can hardly ban any cell phones anyway. If PTA wish to regulate phones, they can only advise consumers that its not safe or else, they simply cant enforce it.
Rao | 6 years ago | Reply @Haseeb Khan: Apple and Samsung have some of the best products in N. America , but they keep prices tightly controlled. So, I wonder Chinese are better in pricing? How about its quality?
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