Building a connected Philippines One tower at a time
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MANILA – Aiming to support the Philippines’ digital transformation and the telecommunications industry efforts to address the growing demand for fast, stable and reliable internet connectivity through tower services, Alliance Towers Corporation (ATC), one of the country’s trusted independent tower companies, is going full speed ahead in building towers that would improve connectivity nationwide.
Recognized in 2019 by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as a licensed digital infrastructure company, Alliance has since then created partnerships with the largest telecom companies in the Philippines including Smart, Globe, and Dito. Formerly known as ALT Global Solutions, Inc., it has built over 40 towers at the height of the pandemic, and plans to build 500 towers a year moving forward. This would greatly help improve digital connectivity, considering that the Philippines needs to build 50,000 towers to meet its current shortfall.
“The recent pandemic has brought about the urgent need for fast and reliable internet connectivity to enable digital transformation and the adaptation of the country to new digital landscapes. Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between the number of subscribers and the cell sites here in the Philippines to provide the bandwidth and connectivity that the Filipinos demand,” Alvin Tolentino, president and COO of ATC, said.
“As the country adapts to the rapidly changing times, ATC aims to be a major player in the common tower industry, helping its Telco partners provide better service, and the country progress towards a more connected nation. Our plans in the pipeline involve initiatives that will help stabilize and expedite programs to address consumer demands for improved digital connectivity across the Philippines.”
Internet connectivity relies on collaboration
Demand for towers is being driven by the increased capacity requirements of users, the 4G expansion and 5G rollout, and the increased number of telco players. Also increasing demand is the common tower policy that allows telco companies to share towers, thereby bringing down costs. Due to these demands and the need to provide good connectivity to even unserved and underserved areas, the government has introduced reforms over the last two decades which resulted in the dramatically changed nature of telecommunications in the Philippines, and the establishment of shared telecom infrastructure.
“We acknowledge our role in the success of the country’s digital transformation and advancement. This is why we have selected a management team who has a proven track record in the tech and telecommunications industry to lead our programs and initiatives in building digital infrastructures. Furthermore, we also ensure that our experts are armed with the right extensive information and knowledge to develop our towers, and we have also developed standard parameters to ensure that our sites, services and operations are best-in-class,” Sherwin Hing, chairman and CEO of ATC, added.
“The nation’s internet connectivity is dependent on the strong collaboration of the government, the digital infrastructure industry and the telecommunications sector. As we join forces to continue progressing the country’s digital status, ATC will remain steadfast in providing digital infrastructures, and increasing the numbers of telecom towers that will serve as an avenue to reach even those in rural areas,” Tolentino and Hing concluded. (✓)
Featured network tower at night credit and thanks to Joshua Slate (@jslate01) on/and Unsplash.