Telecoms Chamber Urges Ghanaians To Brace Themselves For Increment In Data And Voice Calls

Telecoms Chamber Urges Ghanaians To Brace Themselves For Increment In Data And Voice Calls

  • The Chamber of Telecommunications has called on the consuming public to brace themselves for an increment in tariffs
  • CEO of the Chamber, Ken Ashigbey, hinted at the increment, which will affect call and data charges
  • He says huge capital expenditures coupled with high taxes and other operating expenses have ballooned the cost of doing business for telecom operators

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Brace yourselves to pay more for your call and data services in the coming days.

According to the CEO of the Chamber of Telecommunications, the tariffs will shoot up astronomically due to the high cost of doing business.

The CEO of the Telecoms Chamber, Ken Ashigbey, has hinted at an astronomical increment in data and voice tariffs
L-R: CEO of Telecoms Chamber Ken Ashigbey and President Nana Akufo-Addo receiving a phone call Image Credit: @nataliaforeva
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Ken Ashigbey: Telecoms Chamber Lament High Taxes Operators Endure

In an address at the launch of the Mobile Transparency Initiative Report for 2021, Ashigbey lamented the colossal capital expenditures coupled with high taxes and other operating expenses that telecom operators must endure.

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"… if you consider that the cost of doing business has gone up, even the water producers association has increased the prices of water [sachet and bottled], even the market women. So naturally, what is going to happen," he quizzed.

Mr Ashigbey also bemoaned the tax load placed on the telecoms sector.

He said that situation, if left uncurbed, might further reduce profit margins, ruin the industry, and lower the amount of tax money the government receives from the telecoms industry.

Economic Crisis: Businesses Collapsing In Ghana Over Unfavourable Conditions

This comes after business owners lament the country's unfavourable business climate.

Some businesses bearing the brunt of those decisions have begun to fold up, with others also relocating to other jurisdictions.

The country is said to be in economic turmoil leading to a daily sharp increment in goods and services and cedi-dollar depreciation, among others.

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Ghanaians Are Going Through Hardship But That's Not My Fault - Akufo-Addo

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo had acknowledged that although the people of Ghana were going through a difficult time, he was not to be blamed.

Although he acknowledged that the current economic climate is a test for citizens, he freed himself from any responsibility.

The president said programs such as the GhanaCares Obaatampa program would help alleviate the situation if the people of Ghana complied with his administration.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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Ekow Annan Francis Ekow Annan writes for YEN.com.gh. He has been part of the Politics and Current Affairs Desk since August 2022. Ekow has over ten years of experience in news reporting via various multimedia channels, including TV, Radio, and Online. He is an experienced multimedia journalist specialising in telling impactful current affairs, politics and business stories. He holds a BA in Communications (Strategic Communications) from the prestigious African University College of Communications (AUCC).

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