24 May 2019 – To ensure more access to cost-efficient ICT infrastructure, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issued the rules on the accelerated roll-out of common towers in the Philippines today.

The rules will pave the way for the building or converting of at least 2,500 common towers in identified DICT-owned properties, as well as in other government agencies’ properties and hard-to-access areas identified by telcos.

“This is the starting point of more comprehensive policy for our initiative on passive infrastructure sharing. This will help tower firms to acquaint themselves in our telco industry,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. said.

The rules on common tower sharing are anchored on encouraging investment and build more towers in theunserved and underserved areas. This will also avoid inefficient duplication of network resources, redundancy of permits and high cost of operations.  

As of Friday, there are 22 tower firms that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department for the initiative.

These companies can conduct surveys and studies on the identified sites to initiate commercial agreements with the telcos.

To read the rules on the accelerated roll-out of common towers in the Philippines and the attached annexes, click here.