The highly touted common tower policy of the government appears to be going nowhere as local operator Globe Telecom announced on Thursday, July 9, that it is putting up its own cell sites in different parts of the country this year.
Last June, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) finally released the formal guidelines on its common tower policy. However, neither of the two existing telcos – Globe or Smart Communications – has announced any engagement with a common tower provider.
Starting this month until the end of the third quarter of 2020, Globe said it will build new cell sites in Aklan, Albay, Batangas, Bohol, Bulacan, Cebu, Davao del Sur, Iloilo, Laguna, Metro Manila, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Zamboanga, Sulu, Capiz, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac, Palawan, North Cotabato, Leyte, Bukidnon, Benguet, and Zambales.
The Ayala-owned telco assured that customers will be informed in advance where the cell sites will be installed should there be any minimal disruptions.
“We heed the call of our customers for more connectivity that’s why we continue to expand our coverage and capacity even during a pandemic. The new cell sites will further improve our services not only in major cities but also in rural areas. Upon completion, these will help improve overall network experience,” said Joel Agustin, Globe SVP for program development-network technical group.
Despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, Globe said it will continue to aggressively expand its infrastructure build-up for the rest of the year to support the increasing demand for data services under the “new normal”.