Ghana: ITU Secretary-General wants unnecessary taxes on ICT equipment cut

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The Secretary-General of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Touré has implored the government to cut down unnecessary taxes on ICT equipment and services that could hinder the growth of the mobile telecom sector in the future.

Touré noted that some tax administrators have slashed some taxes off ICT equipment and the sector since they recognize the importance of ICT to the development of their countries but others still seem to take advantage of the thriving finance of the technology sector to impose heavy taxes.

“It is encouraging to see a growing number of tax administrators recognize that ICT services are different from other services, because of their capacity to stimulate economic growth and social development.”Governments who have committed to following best-practice ICT regulation are now reducing or even eliminating some sector-specific taxes – ITU would like to see all governments follow their lead,” he said.

He added that there was the need for the ICT and telecom sector to be encouraged to deploy advanced technologies across the globe so the world could realize the full advantage of the ‘mobile miracle’ ITU’s recent Radio Communication Assembly officially endorsed the two selected technologies that will form the basis of IMT-Advanced next generation high-speed cellular broadband.

LTE-Advanced and Wireless MAN-Advanced both qualified as IMT-Advanced compliant, capable of supporting theoretical peak download speeds of 1 Gbit/s while stationary and 100 Mbit/s while in motion.