Ernest Cu cool to gov’t’s common tower policy
Globe Telecom president Ernest Cu has expressed reservations over a government policy barring telco firms from building their own cellular towers beginning next year
The governmwnt is adopting a common tower policy wherein a third party group will be tapped to fund and put up “independent” cell towers.
The towers will then be leased to telco operators.
“The exclusivity should not be an issue, what is difficult to implement is telcos cannot build their own towers. I don’t see how that [common tower policy] actually hastens the progress of building connectivity in the country,” Cu said.
“More cellular sites the better, more sites in the areas that we could acquire the better,” he added.
Cu clarified that Globe does not have any problem sharing its cell sites with other telcos.
According to the government, Massachusetts-based American Towers Corporation has already signified interest to build cellular towers for free.
The Philippine needs at least around 50,000 cellular towers in order.to provide adequate service and coverage to the Philippine people.
As of now, the Philippines only has 15,000 towers, covering 8,000 locations.