This two-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. 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.

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

Every week you will gain access to three sessions. You can ask questions about the content of the course during the weekly live chat sessions as well as on the course forum.

There will be a live chat session each week, and you should have viewed all the course content by the time the last chat session takes place. However, you will have two extra weeks to complete the course. If after four weeks you have not completed the course, you will have to start it again next time it is offered.

It should not take you more than four hours of study time per week to complete the course in two weeks.

If you decide to submit a final project, it will probably take you four to six hours to put it together. You will have five weeks from the start of the course to submit your final project.

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Duration: 2 weeks
Start date
5 December 2019
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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.



Andrea Guajardo
Senior Partnerships and Digital Training Manager, GSMA

Andrea is senior partnerships and digital training manager for the GSMA’s Capacity Building programme. Based in Santiago, Chile, she manages the CE-Digital programme, a capacity building partnership with CAF and ECLAC in Latin America. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in linguistics and a Bachelor’s degree in english education from Chile’s University of  Santiago.

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