Gov’t pushes common cell tower policy to improve service
The government is bent on implementing its common tower policy early next year despite the strong opposition from the country’s two telco giants.
The planned common tower policy prohibits local telecommunications companies like Globe and PLDT from building their own cell towers
The government plans to tap a third party to build and fund independent cell towers, which will then be leased to telco companies to speed up the rollout of necessary infrastructure.
According to Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications Ramon Jacinto, the Philippine needs at least 50,000 cellular towers to provide adequate service to Filipinos.
There are currently 16,000 cell towers, covering only 8,000 locations, Jacinto said.