DRC to impose new taxes on mobile

The DRC is considering imposing a tax on voice bundles of USD 0.0075 per minute, USD 0.003 per SMS and USD 0.00005 per MB. At the same time, the regulator has prohibited any price increases. The net effect will be to  slow investment and economic growth. The new proposed taxes on SMS, minutes and data will limit the commercial freedom of mobile operators and force SMS, voice, data and mixed bundles to be withdrawn because prices cannot be increased. The net effect will be an indirect price increase through the withdrawal of bundles. This will hit the poor hardest. Read our policy brief in English or in French.