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Globe to build more cell sites amid slow rollout of government’s common tower program

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Globe Telecom Inc. said it would pursue the construction of more cell sites amid the massive lack of common towers in the country.

Globe Telecom Inc. said it would pursue the construction of more cell sites amid the massive lack of common towers in the country.

“From a planning perspective we will do it as if we are building everything ourselves and we will continue to do so,” Globe chief technology officer Gil Genio said amid the government’s slow rollout of common towers.

“The reason why we are keeping the same model [beacuse] there’s no real tower that has beent set up for multi-tenant use. At the moment, it has not happened yet and certainly for 2020 we are not pinning our hopes,” Genio added.

Globe earlier inked a memorandum of understanding with Aboitiz InfraCapital and Frontier Tower Associates Philippines to build common telecom towers in Cebu, Davao and Olongapo.

It also forged a similar agreement with ISOC Infrastructure Inc. and Malaysia-based tower giant edotco Group Sdn. Bhd.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology plans to build at least 50,000 new common towers nationwide in the next seven to 10 years.

Each cell site is estimated to cost around $100,000.

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