Pakistan intends to begin local manufacturing of SIM cards and smart cards to protect the country from cyberattacks, create job opportunities, and save valuable foreign exchange. “Pakistan is planning to start local manufacturing of SIMs and smart cards to shield the country from the threat of cyber-attacks amid a brewing cyber war,” said an annual report of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. According to official documents, local physical SIM manufacturers may set up eSIM management platforms and sell eSIM products to cellular mobile operators (CMOs) via “Platform as a Service.”
Digital transformation and the creation of an enabling ecosystem are two of the critical objectives of the government of Pakistan, and in the era of digital services, SIMs and smart cards assume pivotal importance. The local manufacturing of SIMs will massively benefit the economy, as millions of SIMs are currently imported.
According to the documents, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) fully supports the required roles of performing authorization, complying with regulations, and adopting SIM card manufacturing in the telecom sector. Local SIM and intelligent card manufacturing have already established themselves as a critical sector in many national economies, contributing significantly to long-term economic growth.
Indian hackers had also attacked the accounts of Pakistani officials. However, Pakistan countered the attacks successfully. After introducing the mobile manufacturing...
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