Taxation of mobile operators in Africa

In 2022, Grégoire Rota-Graziosi and Fayçal Sawadogo published the results of their analysis "The tax burden of mobile network operators in Africa". The study examined the tax and parafiscal burdens on mobile operators in 25 African countries in 2020.


Generally, mobile operators face a tax and parafiscal burden specific to the telecommunications sector, which tends to be higher than the general tax burden imposed on all companies. Surprisingly, the telecoms sector is even subjected to more taxes than gold mining in 15 African countries. The analysis includes an original, open-access database available at that facilitates replication and further analysis of the findings.

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