Mobile Sector Taxation

Course Content

Course overview
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 mobile operators, special taxes affect consumer prices as well as operators’ ability to build and upgrade their networks. This course takes a critical look at mobile industry taxation, the outcomes thereof, and 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

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 1

Session 1:

An overview of the global mobile economy

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 2

Session 2:

The theory of taxation

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 3

Session 3:

Taxation in practice

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 4

Session 4:

Global trends in mobile taxation

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 5

Session 5: Tax reform can generate revenue for governments


Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 6

Session 6: Summary - Best practices of taxation

Mobile Sector Taxation - Session 7

Session 7: Final Project

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Course Duration
3 weeks
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Course Leader
Vasilis Douzenis
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As an Economic Research Manager, Vasilis provides analysis to support Connected Society’s Affordability stream. His focus is on assessing the economic impacts of taxation across developing countries. Before joining GSMA, he was a Consultant for Europe Economics. At Europe Economics, Vasilis managed several economic research projects for authorities such as the European Commission and the European Patent Office, regulatory authorities as well as private clients. Prior to Europe Economics Vasilis spent a year as a Graduate Analyst at Barclays Capital Investment Banking. He holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Management and Regulation of Risk from the LSE and a BSc from Warwick University. In 2016, he became a CFA charterholder.

Course Moderator
Andrea Guajardo
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Andrea is Senior Partnerships and Digital Training Manager for the 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 the Universidad de Santiago.