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 XiaomiPK.com 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.
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