Taxes, levies consume more of phone calls, data – Telecom Chamber

Every 48 pesewas out of one cedi you spent on telephone call or data go to the government as taxes, levies, and fees, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has said.

This according to the Chamber was the reason behind the high cost of mobile telephony and data charges in the country.

Chief Executive of Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ken Ashigbey in an interview with Joy Business said “there are a lot of levies and fees for every one cedi that you spend. About 48 pesewas go back to the government in taxes, levies, and fees even including some of the road agencies charges for allowing us to lay fibre.”

“Some of the charges from EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), charges from the Radiation Protection Institute, charges from the MMDAs (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies), all of them charging particular fees. If you consolidate all of them, it limits the fiscal space that is available for the industry,” he emphasized.

“So the telecommunication industry would expect to see a lot more growth with collaborative actions between the new industry and the old. We, however, want to see some of the charges reviewed downwards”, he added.

Going forward into 2021, the telecom players are calling for more collaboration with the government and its institutions before further investments are made.

Besides the reduction in taxes, telecom players want consumer privacy and fresh review of regulation to enhance the business environment, amongst others.

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