Albania mulls up to 20% tax on wireless operators.

By bne IntelliNews January 20, 2011
The government is considering to raise the corporate tax on wireless operators to between 15% and 20%, TV Top Channel reported. Currently companies in Albania pay a flat corporate tax of 10%. The increase is part of a bill drafted at the finance ministry in response to recent comments of prime minister Sali Berisha that mobile operators in the country charge too high fees for their services. Mobile phone companies charge fees 17% higher than in Europe and twice or thrice higher than in the Balkans region. Four GSM operators serve the countrys 3.2mn people - Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC), owned by Deutsche Telecom and Greece's OTE, Vodafone Albania, Eagle Mobile, owned by Turkey's Calik Group, and Plus Communication.

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