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Government is implementing a Common Tower Policy
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:26:44 PM »
No more telco cell sites | Manila Bulletin - January 20, 2018
The government is implementing a common tower policy, similar to those done abroad, prohibiting local telecommunications companies (telcos) from building their own cellular towers by the first quarter of 2019, Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs Ramon “RJ” Jacinto, announced Friday.

The new policy should speed up the building process, which is currently bogged down with too many permit requirements. It should allow local telcos to focus on improving their services, lower the cost for subscribers, and make it easier for any incoming third player in the industry, as well.

Local telcos will now have to lease space from three to four private tower companies that the government is luring in to shoulder the US$5 billion required to construct 50,000 towers in five years, which the country needs to be at par with Vietnam and its neighbors in the region.

The Philippines, which has a population of 110 million, only has 15,000 towers (half of which are duplicated) while Malaysia, with a population of 30 million, has 25,000 towers. Indonesia, with 250 million people, has 90,000 towers while India, with 1.3 billion people, has 550,000 towers.