2 more firms offer help to build crucial cell sites (Inquirer)

Malaysian tower builder RT Telecom is joining other groups seeking to participate in a  government-led effort to roll out more cell sites across the country.

Officials of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) led by acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. and RT Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding that would pave the way for the DICT to provide a supporting role in facilitating permits and allowing the use of certain government assets.

This is the sixth tower builder that had signed an MOU with the DICT. The other five were: ISOC Infrastructures, which partnered with Malaysia’s OCK Group, ISONECP Tower Singapore Pte. Ltd, Nigeria’s IHS Towers, Malaysia’s Edotco Group and China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd.

The DICT is inviting tower builders and operators to meet the Philippines’ shortfall of about 50,000 cell towers. Telco incumbents Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. control over 17,000 towers, a figure deemed inadequate and a key reason for the poor mobile network quality in certain areas.

The government is stepping up its drive to encourage telcos to share infrastructure to lower costs for their operations and for their subscribers.

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31 January 2019

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