Thirteen more companies have already expressed their interest in putting up shared telecommunications towers in the Philippines, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The agency, however, did not disclose the names of these companies.

The latest development contradicts DICT Undersecretary Ramon Jacinto’s concern raised back in August, citing that several tower firms have lost interest in doing business in the country due to the present common tower policy. Jacinto also predicted that the country might lose hefty potential investments if the common tower guidelines are not improved.

The DICT issued the Department Circular No. 008, series 2020 last May, which provides guidelines for the sharing of passive telecommunications tower infrastructures (PTTIs). The set of guidelines aims to ease the burden of telecommunications companies caused by the high cost needed to build cell towers. DICT also simplified the application process for building common towers by launching a registration website.

The agency envisions the construction of 50,000 additional telco towers to improve Internet connectivity in the Philippines as the country moves toward a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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