Common tower firm partners with Now Telecom, eyes 2,000 cell sites

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Newly accredited common tower provider Alt Global Solutions is targeting to build some 2,000 cell sites across the country within four years after striking a deal with local broadband provider Now Telecom.

Officials of the DICT and Alt Global signed a memorandum of agreement on Thursday, June 27. Photo credit: DICT

“We are committed to support the common tower project. We intend to partner with major telcos. Currently, we have 2,000 sites available that we can offer,” said Sherwin Hing, Alt Global director, in a press conference held Thursday, June 28.

“We want to build the 2,000 towers within four years. It depends on the telcos to identify the location. We have to finalize this with the telcos,” Hing added.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has signed a memorandum of agreement with Alt Global to expedite the process of granting permits for the construction of cell towers.

It plans to issue the permits within two to three months,  DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said. “With the construction of towers, we can do it in four months or less. Compare that to the more than one year that it takes to put up a tower,” Rio said.

Alt Global director Enrique Gonzales disclosed that the company has partnered with Now Telecom for the construction of its first cell tower in Bonifacio Global City.

“We want to do 500 towers during the first year. The investment will depend on the kinds of towers that the telcos will specify. We are focusing on aggregating as many locations as possible; the next step is to offer these to the telcos,” Gonzales said.

The DICT has identified a total of 2,500 sites as the location for the common towers. It aims to build at least 50,000 towers in seven to 10 years through partnerships among the telcos and the tower providers. — Aerol John Pateña (PNA)

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