Rio to towercos: Submit cell sites

March 23, 2019
Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is already rushing the construction of common towers in the country.

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. has asked 15 tower companies to submit the list of sites where towers are recommended to be built.

The DICT had signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the 15 power firms for the deployment of common towers in the country.

The common tower providers include five local companies: ISOC Infrastructures, Inc.; Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.; MGS Construction, Inc.; J.S. Cruz Construction and Development, Inc.; and ALT Global; along with 10 foreign firms: ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd.; IHS Holding Ltd. (IHS Towers); edotco Group Sdn Bhd; China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd.; RT Telecom Sdn Bhd.; Frontier Tower Associates Management Pte. Ltd.; the consortium of Global Networks, Inc. (GNI) and JTower, Inc.; American Tower Corp. (ATC); Desarrollos Terrestres (DT Towers); and Shinheung Telecom.

Globe Telecom Inc., Smart Communications, and incoming third telco Mislatel Consortium all had expressed their support for the common tower which the government had initiated.

Sec. Rio is also urging telecommunication companies to forge an agreement that will speed up the fulfillment of common towers needed in order to upgrade the country’s communication services.

The DICT proposed the signing of an agreement between the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the construction of 50,000 common towers in seven years.

The agency planned to finalize the common tower policy this month after telecom firms bared the list of sites where the towers will be constructed.

It was learned that the DICT eyes to build 3,000 sites in Year 1 and gradually increasing it to 10,000 sites from Year 5 to Year 7.

“Telcos will be the end-user of these common towers so we fully need their cooperation to improve our overall telecommunication landscape,” according to Rio.

Under the agreement, the DICT and NTC will help each other along with the telcos in identifying the different sites where the common towers will be built.

At the moment, the country has less than 20,000 towers and needs an additional 50,000 in order for the Philippines to be competitive with its neighboring countries in providing quality communication services to the public.