The Impact of Mobile Sector Consumer Taxation and Mobile Market Concentration on Mobile Market Performance
The mobile sector has become an indispensible part of the global economy. In light of the economic effects of and the tremendous growth witnessed by the telecom sector, mobile sector policies are often a bone of contention between governments and mobile operators. The telecommunications sector is viewed as one of the few sectors served by large thriving firms from which taxes can be collected readily in order to narrow government fiscal deficits. Yet, as important an issue as taxation is, the establishment of independent and effective regulation as a means to improve market performances is often overlooked. This paper examines the impact of mobile sector consumer taxation and mobile market concentration on parameters such as mobile penetration, usage and average revenue per user. Building on a novel dataset covering 93 countries in the time span between 2005 and 2014, my results indicate that mobile market performance is not impacted by mobile consumer taxation, especially in low income countries. The study goes on to find that mobile market performance indicators show a negative effect upon increased mobile phone market concentration. A final conclusion made in this paper is that higher mobile market concentrations are associated with lower mobile consumer taxation. From a policy perspective, the findings underscore the importance of market regulation for fostering enhanced competition and as a more efficient way to promote access to mobile phones.
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