19 February, 2019 – Two incumbent telco players and an incoming one have expressed their support to a market-driven common and shared passive infrastructure policy during a Department of Information and Communications Technology-led consultation meeting among common tower providers and telco operators on Monday.
Representatives from Smart, Globe, and Mislatel consortium stated their willingness to collaborate with the initiative in front of the interested tower providers, including the 11 firms which already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DICT.
The support of telco operators will be pivotal to the smooth implementation of the common tower policy, which is expected to improve telecommunication services while lowering down its cost.
“Shared [passive] facilities through this policy would cut back unnecessary expenses from the telco operators and subscribers will benefit from this,” Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. said.
During the consultation, the DICT has requested the telcos to submit a list of areas and number of cell sites that their respective operations will need as guide for the policy.
Since December 2018, the Department already inked MOUs with ISOC Infrastructures, Singapore’s ISON ECP Tower, IHS Towers, Edotco Group, RT Telecom of Malaysia, China Energy Engineering Corp, Aboitiz InfraCapital and MGS Construction.
American Towers, Frontier Tower Associates Management, and Phil Tower Consortium (Global Networks Inc. and JTower Inc.) were the three new signees after securing the same arrangement on today, February 19.
The tower firms must first secure a business contract from the telcos for the government to provide assistance through facilitation of permits, right of way, and other government permits for infrastructure.
The DICT is set to finalize the common tower policy by the 2nd quarter of 2019.