Mobile subscribers in Ghana now pay more for talking
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Subscribers on the four mobile networks in Ghana are now paying more for services on their networks following the implementation of a new upward review of tariffs by all operators.
The Ghana Telecommunications Chamber, representing the three major mobile network operators namely MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo, earlier announced its decision to implement its intended new charges to reflect the current financial constraints brought upon it by the government on 1st of November, 2018.
The chamber in a statement announcing their decision to review its tariffs three weeks ago, noted that the upward adjustment of charges is as a result of the imposition of some new taxes by the government.
It could be recalled that the government during it mid-year budget review converted the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) and the GETFund Levy into levies and delinking them from the Value Added Tax (VAT) by removing the option of input tax deductibility, thereby giving both levies a unique and different legal identity and distinguished from VAT.
Kenneth Ashigbey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Telecommunication Chamber had told journalists in Accra that although telcos are not happy with the new move to increase service charges, they can’t help the situation but adjust tariffs upward in order to stay competitive.
“The Telcos are just applying the law as it was passed in all their service… This is an industry that pays close to 40% of its turnover to the government in terms of taxes and fees in other forms”.
“The industry is highly taxed; you need to be able to be competitive as a business to be able to attract the capital and the investment to be able to expand the services, the under-served and unserved communities. You need to ensure the sustainability of the industry and also to contribute to the development of the country as an industry,” he noted.