Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has restricted the sale/ purchase of Xiaomi smartphones in Pakistan. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said that PTA Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones in Pakistan. According to PTA Xiaomi is not obeying the country’s law and rules.
PTA Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones in Pakistan
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Spokesman Khurram Mehran confirmed the banned of sale of Xiaomi handsets in Pakistan saying,
“They are not following the country’s rules and laws. All phone sets have to be type-approved by the PTA and Xiaomi has not received type-approval yet”
An IT expert, Rafay Baloch, also pointed out on Facebook that Xiaomi phones were allegedly stealing user data and sending it to Chinese servers.
Moreover, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said that
“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 statement said, without clarifying which monopoly it was referring to.
“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.”
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), in 2014 Xiaomi was the third largest smartphone maker in the world.