Tariffs charged by telecommunications networks, AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone, for the use of their services will be reviewed upwards on November 1.
According to a statement issued by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on behalf of its members – AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone – the review follows the amendments of the Acts referenced above in the 2018 mid-year budget review.
The statement said the networks will pass on the cost of the new levies to their consumers which will result in the increase of the cost of telecommunication services.
“The objective was to “give effect to the conversion of NHIL and GETFL into levies that are not subject to the input-output mechanism, and delinking them from VAT by removing the option of input tax deductibility,” thereby giving both levies a unique and different legal identity and distinguished from VAT,” the statement signed by the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Kenneth Ashigbey said
According to the Chamber, their members are responsible corporate entities who would comply fully with Ghana’s laws and ensure the distinction between the VAT and the new levies emanating from their separate origins and basis in law.
“Our members, who are responsible corporate entities, would comply fully with Ghana’s laws and ensure the distinction between the VAT and the new levies emanating from their separate origins and basis in law.”
“As intended the incidence of the two new levies will thus be on consumers and will result in the increase of the cost of telecommunication services.
“Customers of telecommunication services will be notified by their service providers prior to any changes being made and the expected changes will take effect on 1st of November 2018”.