At least three of the tower companies that were given permits are Chinese-owned firms despite current concerns on national security.
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Globe said its partnerships with Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC), ISOC-edotco, Transcend Towers Infrastructure, CREI Philippines, and Frontier Towers & Associates (FTA) have advanced to active acquisition and build phases.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it has received letters of intent from 13 firms asking to register as common tower companies.
Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) said the process of securing permits to install common telco towers has been significantly reduced to 16 days from 241 days following the recent signing of a joint memorandum circular (JMC).
To support its network expansion program for its 4G/LTE and 5G services, Smart Communications said it has already signed agreements with six tower companies to build a pilot batch of almost 200 macro cell sites and is currently finalizing agreements with four more.
DICT secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said collocating with common towers will help telcos cut back on their expenses allocated in building up and maintaining their own towers.
Bohol Rep. Kristine Alexie Tutor said there is a need for a faster execution of the common tower policy to improve the Internet speed in the country.
The DICT has signed a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) with eight other national government agencies to streamline requirements and reduce procedural delays in securing the necessary permits for common towers.