Following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to reduce excessive red tape and expedite the processing of permits, telecommunications companies have become more active in improving their services by December to make up for the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emerging third telco player DITO Telecommunity has no more excuses left not to roll out its services by March 2021. Government regulators are expecting it to fulfill its promised completion of at least 1,300 cell towers by the set date.

So far, the China-backed company announced that the properties acquired for its telco infrastructure have already been predetermined, tapping four vendors to assist in this land acquisition, namely Huawei, ZTE, Nokia-Huaxin, and Udenna Infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Globe Telecom has been keeping up with its promises to deliver quality services by the end of this year. The Ayala-led telco has been expanding its network amid the pandemic, which includes the 32 new cell towers in Quezon City. It also plans to take advantage of the 900 common tower sites across the country.

As for Smart Communications, the telco has been focusing on cybersecurity lately, including online safety education for students and teachers, as well as contributing to the cybersecurity initiative of the Philippine Air Force as a subsidiary firm of PLDT, Inc. The telco, however, wasn’t slouching in to improve its network services, as it recently tapped six common tower firms to build 200 cell sites for a 4G/5G network expansion program.


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