Globe boss cautions against "stifling" telcos

Warren de Guzman, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2018 04:07 PM

MANILA - Globe Telecom president Ernest Cu on Monday said "stifling" telecommunications firms would not lead to better service, after the government announced that carriers would no longer be allowed to build their own cellular towers.

Globe is not opposed to having common cellular towers, but the company should still be allowed to build its own structures, Cu said.

"The end goal is to provide better connectivity for the public. I don’t believe stifling current players would achieve that," Cu told reporters. 

"If you do something for the third telco it should be done for the other players," he added. 

The government announced plans to institute "common" towers ahead of the establishment of a third telecom firm that is envisioned to challenge the dominance of Globe and PLDT Inc.

Under the common tower policy, construction of cell sites will be delegated to private firms, presidential adviser on economic affairs Ramon "RJ" Jacinto has said.

Common towers will be leased to telcos, he said. Carriers can keep their existing cell sites but have the option to sell them. 

Globe on Monday also announced its partnership with Pilipinas Shell to build 14 GoWifi hotspots in select gas stations.