The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has released a set of guidelines on cell tower sharing.
DICT’s guidelines allow qualified independent tower companies to build cell sites leased to telcos on the same or reasonably equivalent terms, conditions, fees, and charges.
The tower sharing scheme will also facilitate the rollout of DITO Telecommunity, the third telco player owned by China Telecom and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.
The guidelines encourage the construction of new towers in areas that lack them. In line with this, the DICT reminded the LGUs that they should comply with the provisions under the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018” to fast-track cell site construction.
DICT’s guidelines support the government’s goal of creating 50,000 new cell towers to improve Internet connectivity in the country.