Duterte Admin Set to Rollout a "Common Tower" Facility to Reduce the Cost of telecom Services in PH

The tough-talking of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte announced through DICT that in order to free telecommunications company from costly capital expenditures the government is set to rollout a "common tower" policy as it will eventually reduce the cost of telecom services.

Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information Technology Communications Ramon Jacinto told reporters told reporters that under the "Common Tower" policy, telecom companies will no longer allowed to build communications towr or cell sites but instead lease the structures from a tower company.

Although the government plans to disrupt the telecom industry with the introduction of a common tower, the telcos PLDT and Globe may still keep their existing cell sites even after the policy has been enforced. The policy will be in effect once the common towers are in place.

Jacinto was quoted as saying "We'll allow them to keep them. But any future applications to build towers once this is in place... Once this is in place, any future radios for cell sites, for telecom will have to be located in the common tower. It will be mandatory," Jacinto said.

The Duterte admin will rollout the guidelines next month, while the actual implementation is early next year, and noted further that the timeline is a "conservative" estimate.

According to Jacinto, the Philippines needs around 50,000 cell sites to provide adequate services across the country. In terms of the number of cell sites, the Philippines lags behindi its neighers. The Philippines has only 16,000 towers compared to Malaysia's 25,000 towers and Indonesia's 90,000 towers across their respective countries.

The government also noted that the construction of cell sites will be handled over to the private sector at no cost to the government. This policy is considered as a win-win solution since it will free telcos from costly operating expenses and hindrances in building cell sites, including the obtaining of permits, land, and maintaining the structures.

With the implementation of the "Common Tower" policy, this may eventually lead to lower cost of services by the telcos passed on to end-consumers.

Apart from lowering the cost of telecommunication services, the setting up of common towers will encourage more players since it will pave the way for a "level-playing field" since big and small operators will be able to easily locate the towers, the official said.

Source: PNA

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