For every mobile recharge of Tk100, the government takes Tk28

The increase in additional charges on mobile phone talk time and internet usage means that mobile usage charges will increase by another Tk5

While the era of missed calls is unlikely to return, calling your loved ones now costs you more.

Earlier, for every mobile phone recharge, people used to get only Tk 75 as talk time and also for internet usage as the government gets around Tk 25 as Value Added Tax (VAT), additional levies and surcharges.

Now the government gets Tk28.

The additional excise duties on mobile phone talk time and internet use will be increased by five percentage points.

So, the cost of using mobile phones will increase by another Tk5, with every Tk100 top-up, and their usable amount will shrink to less than Tk62. When using the internet, the costs also increase by Tk5.

Dr. Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of the Policy Research Institute (PRI), told TBS: “It is a wrong decision to further increase the tax on talk time and internet usage as the country’s telecom sector already has one of the highest tax rates in the world has. world.”