Mobile Telephony Tax Would be Passed on to Consumers

The Telecommunications Union of Guatemala announced they will pass on to the consumers the proposed new tax.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The cost of each minute will increase from $0.04 (Q0.30) to $0.05 (Q0.45) and each mobile internet hour will cost $1.08 more.

Edwin Solares, president of the union, told "Each operator will have to review their business plans. Despite intense competition in the market, the tax proposed by the Executive will be passed on to the consumers".

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