DICT identifies 1,000 sites for common telco towers

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DICT data show the country needs an additional 50,000 cell sites in the next seven years to keep up with consumer demand for mobile and internet services.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology on Monday said it plans to finalize by the end of April a list of 1,000 sites nationwide for building common towers for telecommunication firms.

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said the list of common tower sites will include government properties as well as areas where telco providers Globe Telecom and PLDT-Smart already have towers they are willing to share with Mislatel Consortium, the newest player.

"We are hoping na ma-identify namin 'yung [that we could identify the] 1,000 within two weeks from now," Rio said after the House committee on information and communications technology hearing.

After identifying the possible locations for building common towers, Rio said the department will draft a policy on the matter in the next two to three months.

DICT data show the country needs an additional 50,000 cell sites in the next seven years to keep up with consumer demand for mobile and internet services.

There are currently 19 local and foreign companies interested to build common telco towers.

Rio says telco subscribers can expect better service at lower cost once the common towers are in place since these will expand coverage and improve signal quality.