Ghana’s Tax Mistake – Less On Cars, More On Telecoms

Ghana has just made a mistake with their taxation system. They’ve decided to abolish the supplementary tax on luxury cars while increasing the tax on telecoms services. Nope, wrong way to do it:

The government has increased the Communication Service Tax to nine per cent from the initial six per cent. Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced the increment in parliament on Monday, 29 July 2019 when he presented the mid-year budget review statement.

Mr Ofori-Atta told the lawmakers that: “The Communication Service Tax (CST) was introduced in 2008 at an ad valorem rate of six per cent.

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Reliance Communications Bankruptcy Is Caused By The Telecoms Regulator

Reliance Communications has approached the bankruptcy court in order to try to bring a resolution to its problems. Obviously enough the ultimate cause of this is the attack by Reliance Jio upon the Indian telecoms market. This has driven down consumer pricing of all and any telecoms offerings and meant that some of the incumbents cannot make money.

The most exposed of the majors being Reliance Communications. That the Ambani brothers own the two companies respectively is just added sauce to this tale, not the cause of it all at all.…

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As Uganda Finds Out, Demanding National Broadband Costs Money In Reduced MTN Fees

Entirely so, of course we’d just love to have complete and clear national coverage for voice and mobile internet. Even, for broadband over mobile. Just as we’d entirely love to power the place on unicorn emissions and have candy floss for tea every single day. The thing is it’s not possible to have all we want. Other than the non-existence of unicorns everything has a cost to it. Like, having reliable, clear, national – even in remote rural areas – telecoms coverage costs money.…

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