A section of ICT sector players have said the government still needs to cushion the mobile phone handsets industry because real penetration level of the devices is still low.
They said the penetration stands at an estimated 30 per cent compared to the 78 per cent given by the
They said the CCK rate counts active simcards in use when in reality most people have multiple simcards that they use and the real number of subscribers therefore is much lower.
"The mobile phone now serves as the PC (personal computer) for many people...if you clean up the multiple simcards and the multiple devices that one user holds, the real penetration is between 31 to 35 per cent," said Hinkkanen.
Hinkannen said the 30 per cent penetration rate should be the basis of the government's decision making in the VAT Bill issue which is awaiting presidential assent.
In the 2009 budget speech, then Finance minister and current President
Tony Omwansa from the school of computing and informatics at the
He added that developers, who have self employed themselves through innovative apps for mass market usage will are likely to be jobless since most of their popular apps are designed for the low end of the market which may be stuck with low tech devices due to cost.
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