Afghanistan gets over 59 mln U.S. dollars in telecom tax revenue

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KABUL, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan got up to 4.6 billion afghani (some 59.7 million U.S. dollars) in telecom tax revenue in 2020, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

"The Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has collected 4.6 billion afghani from the 10 percent tax on telecom services last year," the online local business news agency Wadsam reported.

The revenue for 2020 is 300 million afghani more than the previous year, said the report.

According to the report, 12.8 million out of Afghanistan's 32 million population have access to internet in the Asian country.

The Wadsam report added that 80 percent of the illegal SIM cards in the country had been halted and that the telecom companies were fined up to 70 million afghani for the illegal sale of SIM cards.

As of 2017, only eight million out of 22 million active SIM cards had been reportedly registered in Afghanistan, with the government taking serious measures to curb illegal selling of SIM cards across the country. (1 U.S. dollar equals 77 afghani) Enditem

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