Amid its call to attract more tower companies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has allayed fears of cyber threats from common towers to be built by either local or foreign firms. 

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. said common tower is considered passive infrastructure in telecommunications, and therefore would never be a source for possible cyber threats

“No information is being relayed on the infrastructure itself so there should be no concern of cybersecurity on the common towers,” Rio said.

Instead, Rio emphasized that the DICT will focus its cybersecurity monitoring on the communication assets of the two incumbent telcos as well as the incoming new major player Mislatel consortium.

He added that the government is keeping an eye on the entry of the NMP with China Telecom amidst the public concern for national security.   

“We have to prove that the government can [deal with] anyone, including foreign entities, that give us telecommunication services,” Rio said.

In the past two months, the Department has already signed five companies for the common tower initiative which eyes to build an additional 50,000 towers across the country. China Energy Equipment Corporation was the fifth firm to sign an MoU with DICT, joining ISOC, Singapore’s ISON, Malaysia’s Edotco, and IHS.