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Niger Plans to Raise Taxes on Mobile Phone Networks

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The African country of Niger plans to impose new taxes on telecom networks to help fund record government spending, Reuters has reported, citing the military Junta spokesman, Mahaman Laoualy Dan Dah.

"The contribution from telecoms to the budget has been weak up to this point, despite the enormous resources of the telecoms operators," he told state radio.

He did not give details on the new taxes, and an official was not immediately available to comment. Officials from the companies declined to comment.

The move to raise taxes comes even as the country expects to start exporting oil during 2011, and the presumed resumption of international aid once the military government hands over to a civillian authority.

According to statistics from The Mobile World analysts, the country ended last year with an estimated 3.3 million mobile phone subscribers, representing a population penetration level of just 23%.

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