Globe Telecom has entered into a tripartite agreement with ISOC Infrastructure Inc. and Malaysia-based tower giant edotco Group Sdn. Bhd., becoming the first telco to support the common tower initiative of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said that 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.
“ICT infrastructure is the foundation of a highly-connected digital economy. While we have made significant improvements on the quality of internet experience, there is still a large gap to fill so we can be at par with our neighbors in terms of infrastructure,” Cu said.
Cu added that ISOC and edotco, who were the first towercos to seek vendor accreditation with Globe, will build an initial 150 sites for the company. “The building and deployment of cellular towers in the country are critical if we hope to change the internet experience of our customers,” he said.
The DICT signed agreements with 23 tower companies with ISOC and edotco leading the pack as among the first to do so. Despite the agreements, the government has yet to release a common tower policy governing towercos in the country.
Michael Cosiquien, Chairman of ISOC Infrastructure, Inc., recognized the milestone of the MOU with Globe. “Today marks the beginning of great things. What was once a concept is made concrete and together with edotco, we are grateful for the leadership of government, and the support of Globe, in finally making this a reality,” Consiquien said. “ISOC and edotco are committed to help provide the Filipino people the information highway they deserve with the common tower initiative,” he added.