Globe ready to activate separate company for tower assets

Ayala-owned Globe Telecom announced that it has taken a step in incorporating a new tower holding company in line with the company’s thrust to improve Internet connectivity in the Philippines.

On Thursday, July 5, Globe disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that it is just awaiting approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before divesting all or part of its tower assets through a separate company.

Early this year, Globe announced that it has initiated talks with independent third parties for its tower assets.

“As a major industry player we understand what this country needs to improve the Internet experience of our customers,” said Ernest Cu, president and CEO of Globe.

“Putting up more towers based on global standards within strategic areas will make spectrum use more efficient. We should work together and find all means to supplement the build for towers – either through telcos or tower companies. This in turn will bring us closer to first-world Internet connectivity.”

The company has been pushing for the establishment of tower companies similar to those found in other developed countries. “This initiative will help accelerate the deployment of more cellular towers in the Philippines and foster competition,” added Cu.

With the proposed tower holding company, any player can do outright lease of the towers using standard, non-discriminatory commercial terms.

The lack of cellular towers has long been identified as the greatest barrier to seamless mobile Internet connectivity with no viable short term solution due to permitting issues.

“We remain open to collaborate with new and existing players in the interest of national development,” said Cu.

The Philippines has one of the lowest tower densities in the world with under 20,000 towers serving 100 million people. Approximately 50,000 more towers should be built in order to serve current voice and data traffic that continuously grows exponentially every year.

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