Sri Lanka to tax mobile phone towers, SMS ads

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has introduced a tax on mobile phone towers to discourage their proliferation and a tax on SMS (short message service) advertisements, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament.

“Proliferation of cellular towers is both an environmental and a health hazard,” he said while presenting the government budget for 2018.

“As such, we will also impose a Cellular Tower levy of Rs200,000 per tower per month to discourage the proliferation of such towers.”

The levy will be paid monthly by the mobile tower operator.

Samaraweera also said that for bulk SMS advertisements a levy of 25 cents per SMS will be imposed with the levy paid by the advertiser.

The Cellular Tower Levy and SMS-Advertising Levy are expected to raise Rs15 billion.
(COLOMBO, November 09, 2017)

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