UAE's du expects royalty to be unchanged in 2017: Chairman

Royalty rates, or taxes, levied on Dubai-based telecom operator du are likely to remain unchanged in 2017, the company's chairman said on Tuesday.

The UAE’s finance ministry had previously set out a five-year timetable for du's royalty – or tax – rates for 2012 to 2016. This steadily increased du's rates until the company paid the same in percentage terms as Etisalat.

Both companies will pay 15 per cent of their regulated revenue – which excludes the likes of handset sales – and 30 per cent of their regulated profit in royalties this year, leaving a question-mark as what will happen from 2017 onwards.

Du is awaiting further instructions, but doesn't expect royalty rates to change next year, du chairman Ahmad bin Byat told a conference in Dubai.

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