The Jordanian government has doubled taxes on wireless services, Zawya reports. According to a Cabinet decision published in the Official Gazette yesterday, the special tax on mobile phones was increased to 16% from 8%, whilst the tax on mobile subscriptions –both pre- and post-paid – rose to 24% from 12%. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the CEOs of the nation’s trio of wireless service providers spoke out against the hike. Following the announcement of the proposals in late June, Umniah’s Ihab Hinnawi said: ‘Whenever the government wants to offset the budget deficit it looks at increasing taxes on the [telecoms] sector.’ All three providers will also boycott the upcoming spectrum auction, which includes 4G concessions as well as additional 3G spectrum. Bidding for the airwaves is due to close on 1 September 2013.
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