Niger reinstates, as of 2019, the tax on international calls suppressed in recent months, according to the draft budget adopted by the executive.
This is a response from the government, whose Minister of Finance, Hassoumi Massoudou, notes that the commitments to which the telephone companies « have subscribed, have not been fully honored. » In particular, they pledged in 2018 to make investments to improve the coverage and quality of their services.
Estimated between 50 and 88 F CFA per minute of communication on incoming international calls, this tax had brought about 20 billion to the Nigerian state. Its suppression was condemned by the opposition, which found there « an unjustified tax gift ».
Niger’s telecommunications market consists of four (4) operators licensed to establish and operate telecommunications networks and services open to the public.