Following the federal government’s rise in telecom tariffs, telecom companies have warned the public to face regular ‘phone call Load shedding‘ disruptions across the country, similar to electricity load shedding.
Phone Call Load shedding
The news came out of a recent Senate Standing Committee on Finance hearing, where members from the telecom industry expressed major concerns about the tax hike.
During the conference, telecom representatives stated that the federal government has increased the advance tax on imported fibre optic cable by 15% while increasing duty by 20%.
They said that telecom businesses are already dealing with a number of issues, and that raising taxes on fibre optic cable will add to the industry’s burden.
Telco representatives claimed that fibre optic cable is only used in 10% of towers across the country, and that until the government lowers fibre optic cable taxes, Pakistan will fall behind in the global connectivity race.
They asked the committee to suggest to the government that import duties on fibre optic cable be reduced to 8%. The telecom businesses were assured that their suggestions will be forwarded to the government by the committee.