In many countries, in a variety of ways, governments impose substantial taxes on the mobile industry — above and beyond standard corporate tax. Sector-specific taxation is never without consequences. For example, special mobile taxes affect consumer prices as well as operators’ ability to build and upgrade their networks.

This three-week course takes a critical look at mobile industry taxation, discusses the impacts of these taxes, and explains how telecoms regulators can affect the level of sector-specific taxation.

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the principles of taxation.
  • Understand the ways additional taxes are applied to the mobile industry.
  • Learn how supplemental mobile sector taxation impacts consumers and society.
  • Consider how over-taxation of the sector can be rolled back to everyone’s benefit.

Course Enrolment Criteria

This course is open to:

  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Representatives from academia and international organisations working on regulatory or policy issues

We cannot accept applications from individuals working in the private sector or those not involved in policy or regulation.

Course Completion Certificates

All of our courses are certified by the UK Telecoms Academy (UKTA) and can be used as evidence of professional development.

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and answer correctly all the quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own country. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you with valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day work.

Course Structure and Study Time

The course consists of six sessions and you will gain access to all of them on the course start date. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the course during a live chat session as well as on the course forum.

It should not take you more than two to three hours of study time per week to complete the course in three weeks. You will have, however, six weeks to complete it. If after six weeks you have not completed the course, you will have to start it again next time it is offered.

If you decide to submit a final project, it will probably take you four to six hours to put it together. You will have six weeks to submit your final project.

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Duration: 3 weeks
Start date:
23 April 2020
Course language: English
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Vasilis Douzenis
Economic Research Manager, GSMA

Vasilis is an economist working in GSMA’s regulatory modernisation team. He has substantial experience in economic impact assessments and tax policy analysis applied to markets across the world and has engaged extensively with governments on tax policy design. More recently, he has been focussing on taxation and regulation of the digital economy. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked for an economics consultancy where he managed a range of quantitative research projects for clients such as the European Commission, regulators, industry bodies as well as private companies. He holds an MPhil Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Risk Management from the LSE and is a CFA charter holder.



Aanchal Paliwal
Partner and Delivery Manager, GSMA

Aanchal is the Partner and Delivery Manager for the GSMA’s Capacity Building Programme, responsible for managing regional and global partnerships, and coordinating the delivery of specialised training to regulators and policymakers. She has a background in international development and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.

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