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DICT wants more telco tower builders

The Department of Information and Communications Technology said Thursday the government’s common tower policy will support Mislatel Consortium in its rollout plan to quickly compete with the incumbent telecom companies once the new major player starts operating. 

The agency signed separate memoranda of understanding with Nigeria’s IHS Towers and Malaysia’s Edotco Group for the construction of cellular towers nationwide. China Energy Engineering Group is set to sign the same deal on Friday.

The three will enter the same scenario that ISOC Infrastructures Inc. and Singapore’s ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd. agreed in December, where the DICT will support their company in facilitating permits, right of way, and provide other government support for infrastructure should they secure a contract with any of the telco operators.

The DICT opted for a market-driven approach in accelerating the build-up of more cell sites. “We will welcome more parties in this venture as it will address the country’s backlog on telecommunication towers,” Rio said.

Topics: Department of Information and Communications Technology , DICT , Mislatel Consortium , cellular towers
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