17 June 2019 – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)’s Common Tower Initiative yields initial results on Monday as Globe Telecom signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with tower providers edotco Group Sdn. and ISOC Infrastructure Inc.
The three-way agreement is another key step in the government’s undertaking of improving the ICT infrastructure buildup in the Philippines.
“This feat shows that the common tower initiative is taking shape, and with the continued collaboration between the telco operators and the common tower provider pool, we are bound to experience improved telecommunication services in no time,” DICT Acting Secretary Rio, who witnessed the monumental signing, said.
“We hope more signings will follow suit in the coming weeks as we embarked in this united push for aggressive tower rollout in line with our policy on passive infrastructure sharing,” Rio added.
Also present during the signing was Engr. Alan Silor, Assistant Secretary for Infostructure Management & other Special Concerns, who is tasked to streamline the permitting processes and regulatory requirements for tower build up. Asec. Silor said, “by having a One-Stop-Shop for LGUs and NGAs in the processing of permits, this will accelerate the tower rollout plan for telecommunications companies”.
The MOU propositions ISOC and edotco to secure an initial 150 cellular tower sites for Globe, with Region 4A (CALABARZON) being the priority area for the construction.
Rio also reiterated the government’s support on facilitating the permits and regulatory documents needed for building towers.
With a total of 23 common tower providers as partners, the DICT targets the rollout of at least 50,000 cellular towers across the country within the next 7 to 10 years.
Currently, the Department is piloting the rules on the accelerated roll-out of common towers, which earmarked 2,500 sites as locations for the common tower buildups.