Telekom CEO bemoans uneven infrastructure tax

24 Nov 2014

Romania’s new infrastructure tax will earn the government EUR35 million (USD43.3 million) from communications operators for 2014, of which EUR14 million or 40% will be paid by Telekom Romania (formerly RomTelecom/Cosmote), despite alternative players owning significant national infrastructure – of ‘equal or greater’ span to that operated by Telekom, according to Nikolai Beckers, the group’s CEO. Quoted by business newspaper ZF.ro, Beckers pointed to the example of Romania’s largest fixed broadband operator by subscribers, RCS&RDS, which operates national fibre and cable networks and is liable for EUR4 million new infrastructure tax for 2014, arguing that ‘on a network that is as big, if not bigger than [Telekom’s], [RCS&RDS] pay [less than] a third of the infrastructure fee. It’s a strange math.’ Both RCS&RDS and Telekom cover more than four million households with fixed broadband network access.