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In Brief:Tanzanian govt moves to plug MFS tax loophole 

Mobile operators in Tanzania will now pay excise duty on all ‘M-Pesa’ mobile financial services (MFS) commissions.Unveiling his 2016/17 national budget,finance and planning minister said a new 10% excise duty on mobile money transactions will apply for both sending and receiving transactions.According to the report,commission is currently only taken from senders.The minister hopes that the plan will plug tax evasion loopholes in the ever-expanding MFS business, where billions of shillings are moved annually. The country is home to 37.64 million mobile users, of whom around 16 million are believed to utilise mobile cash transfers.

***The European Commission has pushed back its deadline for issuing a ruling on the proposed merger between 3 Italia and Wind in Italy.The Commission in March opened an in-depth review into CK Hutchison and Vimpelcom's plan to combine their Italian mobile assets with a view to publishing its decision in the case in August.The Commission amended the case notes on its Website to show a new deadline of 8 September. The move came after CK Hutchison and Vimpelcom submitted a series of proposed remedies to the Commission, presumably designed to protect competition and smooth the regulatory process.The details of those remedies have not been made public

***Telenor has reportedly been granted a 10-MHz block of spectrum in the 850 MHz band in Pakistan for the base price of US$395 million (€274.13 million) after it emerged as the only bidder in the contest. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) made the announcement at a press conference.The regulator has yet to publish official confirmation of the award.

***The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a Consultation Paper on Cloud Computing. The consultation covers areas such as lawful interception and whether cloud service providers should be licensed or not. TRAI will also study the possibility of providing tax subsidies for promoting cloud services in India.Interested parties can submit their comments by 8 July and counter-comments by 22 July.

***Japan's NTT DoCoMo has granted a patent license covering standard essential patents for its wireless communication technologies to Huawei. DoCoMo has now granted the standard-essential patent licenses to more than 10 companies, including Huawei, and added that it plans to grant such licenses to other companies in the future.