By Emmie V. Abadilla
Globe Telecom yesterday became the first telco to support the government’s common tower initiative after signing a tripartite agreement with ISOC Infrastructure Inc. and Malaysia-based tower giant edotco Group Sdn. Bhd.
ISOC and edotco, who were the first tower companies to seek vendor accreditation with Globe, will build an initial 150 sites for the company.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed agreements with 23 tower companies, with ISOC and edotco leading the pack as among the first to do so. Despite the agreements, the government has yet to release a common tower policy governing towercos in the country.
The state agency targets to build at least 50,000 new common towers across the country in the next seven to ten years. Recently, it announced plans to accelerate the building of 2,500 common towers in properties owned by government agencies. Telco stakeholders however are seeking for the immediate release of the long delayed Common Tower Policy.
“ICT infrastructure is the foundation of a highly-connected digital economy,” remarked Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu . “While we have made significant improvements on the quality of internet experience, there is still a large gap to fill so we can be at par with our neighbors in terms of infrastructure,”
“The building and deployment of cellular towers in the country are critical if we hope to change the internet experience of our customers,” he added
Michael Cosiquien, Chairman of ISOC Infrastructure, Inc., recognized the milestone of the MOU with Globe.
“This marks the beginning of great things. What was once a concept is made concrete and together with edotco, we are grateful for the leadership of government, and the support of Globe, in finally making this a reality,” he explained. “ISOC and edotco are committed to help provide the Filipino people the information highway they deserve with the common tower initiative.”
Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco Group Sdn Bhd expressed optimism and equally encouraged by the DICT’s decision to open the market and accredit independent tower companies.
“Our efforts in the Philippines are motivated by the clear opportunity to reshape the telecommunications landscape and as an independent tower company, we are in the right position to facilitate and manage these advancements,” he noted.