Gov’t approves common tower policy to improve mobile coverage
The government has adopted a common tower policy aimed at accelerating the deployment of cell sites across the country to improve services and coverage.
A common tower policy means that operators will no longer be allowed to build towers but instead lease space from tower company (Tower Co).
Ramon Jacinto, Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information and Communication Technology, said the tower companies would focus on building more cell stations to cover the entire Philippines. The government plans to build three to four TowerCos.
“We need a win-win solution that takes away the biggest obstacles of telco operators as well as removes the headache of obtaining land, permits and constructing and managing cellular towers away from the telecom operators so that they can concentrate on their core businesses,” he said.
Jacinto said the Philippines needs at least 50,000 cellular towers to be able to provide adequate service. e. To date, it only has around 16,000, covering only 8,000 locations,” he said.
He said that currently the telecom operators redundantly put up their towers separately which leads to
A Tower Co. will cost an average of roughly $100,000.