April 22, 2019
Only 10 players will be allowed to enter the country’s tower sharing business, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently said.
While the government continues to ink memorandum of understanding (MoU) and entertain potential tower providers, the market will be limited to only 10 companies, acting DICT chief Eliseo Rio Jr. said.
Once tower companies (towercos) secure a business transaction with a telco carrier, the DICT will sign a memorandum of agreement under which it will provide support in terms of facilitating government approvals.
“As far as trying to get all interested tower companies to sign an MOU with DICT is concerned, there is no limit. But all those who signed MOUs with DICT will be vetted on their capability to get business from the telcos,” he said.
“We are finalizing the policy guidelines for the common towers by the end of April, where there is a proof of concept involving at least 1,000 common towers, where only the top 10 towercos able to get business will be registered,” Rio added.
The common tower initiative already has 20 possible towercos — ISOC Infrastructures, Inc.; ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd.; IHS Holding Ltd. (IHS Towers); edotco Group Sdn Bhd; China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd.; RT Telecom Sdn Bhd.; Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc.; MGS Construction, Inc.; Frontier Tower Associates Management Pte. Ltd.; the consortium of Global Networks, Inc. (GNI) and JTower, Inc.; American Tower Corp. (ATC); J.S. Cruz Construction and Development, Inc.; Desarrollos Terrestres (DT Towers); Taimon Industrial Service Corp., Crei Management Services Fze; Tiger Infrastructure Private Unlimited; UA Withya Public Co. Ltd.; and Wing-An Construction and Development Corp. and China Construction First Group Corp. Ltd.
Opening the industry to more players is seen to hasten the deployment of 50,000 cell sites across the Philippines.
The country currently has less than 20,000 towers.
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