Globe seeks to address 'severe' cell sites lack


Posted at Jan 28 2019 04:26 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2019 05:47 PM

MANILA – Globe Telecom on Monday called for "heightened" collaboration with government to address a "severe" lack of cell sites.

The Ayala-led carrier said it was seeking a regulatory environment that "fosters, rather than hinders technology innovation,” the deployment of more cell towers for the 5G rollout and the release of implementing rules for the Ease of Doing Business Law.
The Philippines has 17,850 cell towers compared to 90,000 in Vietnam, 34,300 in Pakistan and 30,000 in Bangladesh, said Globe chief technology officer Gil Genio. 

“While there have been significant strides made in internet availability and reliability, we acknowledge that the Philippines’ ICT infrastructure is not yet on a par with our neighbors,” Genio said.

Under the current system, it takes 8 months and over 25 permits to build a single tower, he said.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio earlier admitted that corruption played a huge role in the country's telco infrastructure gap.

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) under the Ease of Doing Business law could shorten the processing time for business permits, Senator Miguel Zubiri earlier said. 

Some telco-tower builders signed a memorandum of understanding with the DICT this month to hasten the construction of new towers in the country, Rio said.