Common cell sites a 'win-win solution,' Duterte adviser says


Posted at Jan 23 2018 01:30 PM

MANILA - Having shared cell sites is a "win-win solution" that will unburden carriers of tower-building costs and allow them to divert more funds to improve their services, an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday.

Common towers are a "proven concept" in other countries and allowing Globe Telecom and PLDT unit Smart communications to continue building cell sites will "effectively kill" government's plan to have a separate firm build and manage telecom towers, Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs RJ Jacinto said.

Jacinto said he would consult both carriers before guidelines on the common tower policy are finalized next month.

At any rate, Presidential Adviser Ramon Jacinto will be conducting consultations with Globe and Smart and other telecoms players to address their concerns before guidelines are finalized next month.

"It is a win-win situation, we get rid of their headache of building towers, and we save them money. We should work hand-in-hand in getting rid of our reputation as the country with the slowest service with the highest price," Jacinto said in a statement.

Globe president Ernest Cu said Monday there should be no "stifling" of existing carriers while the government moved for the establishment of a third telecom firm.

"Rather than oppose it, they should encourage it if they are thinking of public interest," Jacinto said.

"The bottom-line is Globe and Smart are not delivering the service and the people are unhappy," he said.