Cellcos oppose mobile network tax

15 Jun 2015

Belgium’s three mobile network operators have denounced a proposed new tax on mobile telephone towers in the Brussels region, which they say will be ‘to the detriment of consumers’. Proximus, Mobistar and BASE Company claim that in the Brussels area alone they invested a combined total of EUR65 million in 2014 to develop their mobile telephony infrastructure. The tax as envisaged would constitute 30% of annual investment in Brussels, they say. In a joint statement, the CEOs of the three mobile operators commented: ‘Such a tax would not penalise the product of an economic activity but rather the investment at the very source of that activity. It would directly interfere with mobile communication, one of the building blocks of all economic, touristic and social activity in the capital of Europe.’

Belgium, BASE Company, Orange Belgium, Proximus