July 23, 2019
Telecommunications

DICT Lands Tripartite Accord on Common Tower with Globe, ISOC, Edotco

(SDN) — MORE telecommunications companies (telecoms) have enlisted on the Common Tower Initiative (CTI) of the government.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) shared this good news as it landed partnerships for its CTI with three telecoms.

It said the CTI yielded initial results on Monday (June 17) because Globe Telecom agreed to sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with tower providers Edotco Group Sdn. and ISOC Infrastructure Inc.

DICT described the three-way accord as another step in the undertaking of the government to improve the country’s ICT infrastructure.

Its significance was not lost on DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., as he sees a better telecoms services.

He said the “feat shows that the Common Tower Initiative is taking shape and with the continued collaboration between (telecoms) operators and the common tower provider pool, we are bound to experience improved telecommunication services in no time.”

Cellular tower by Coyotechnical on Pixabay

A cellular tower courtesy of Coyotechnical on Pixabay.

Rio added:

“We hope more signings will follow suit in the coming weeks as we embarked in this united push for aggressive tower roll out in line with our policy on passive infrastructure sharing.”

Other DICT witnessed the MOU signing, including engineer Alan Silor, assistant secretary for Infostructure Management and Other Special Concerns.

His task is focused on streamlining the permitting processes and regulatory requirements for the building up of telecoms towers.

“By having a One-Stop-Shop for LGUs and NGAs in the processing of permits, this will accelerate the tower roll out plan for telecommunications companies,” Silor said.

It can be recalled that the country’s telecoms network providers — Globe and Smart Communications — have been pointing to the myriads of requirements from the government they have to accomplish before they can build their towers.

They needed to secure at least 25 permits which take around eight months to complete just to build one cellular tower.

Apparently, that’s one of the major reasons the government through DICT has come up with the CTI.

DICT said in a email to SDN — Science and Digital News that the MOU that ISOC, Edotco and Globe inked covers the establishment of an initial 150 cellular tower sites for Globe, with Region 4A (CALABARZON) as the priority area for the construction.

With a total of 23 common tower providers as partners, DICT is targeting the roll out of at least 50,000 cellular towers scattered across the country in the next seven 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 accumulation of common towers,” the email message said.

Observers noted that with the coming operation of Mislatel Consortium in July, the winning bidder and awarded Third Major Player (TMP) in the telecoms industry, the more the government needs to ensure more cellular towers are constructed. (SDN/EKU)

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