While noting that the government has yet to release an official common tower policy, DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said the common tower providers may be given their respective areas where they can operate exclusively in a scheme similar to service areas imposed on telephone landline operators years ago.
The partnership will be called ‘Isoc edotco Towers, Inc.’ and will see both partners businesses bringing their operational expertise and technological capabilities.
Under the agreement, Smart will co-locate its mobile phone network facilities in towers jointly built by edotco in partnership with ISOC.
Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said the company is taking a leap towards improving ICT infrastructure in the Philippines by being the first mobile operator to support the government’s common tower initiative.
Nigeria?s IHS Towers and Malaysia?s Edotco Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DICT on Thursday, January 17, while China Energy Engineering Group is set to ink the same deal on Friday, January 18.