Gov't offers 2,500 sites for common towers: DICT chief

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Posted at Jun 25 2019 12:04 PM | Updated as of Jun 25 2019 12:30 PM

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MANILA – The Department of Information and Communications Technology said Tuesday it offered at least 2,500 government-controlled sites to hasten construction of common telecommunications towers.

However, the identification of common tower sites will still depend on the telcos, DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio told DZMM radio.

At least 23 local and foreign providers have expressed interest to build common towers in the country, he said.

“We are helping the industry, hindi lang Mislatel dahil may common towers,” he said, refering to the Mislatel consortium that was tapped to challenge the dominance of PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom.

(We are helping the industry, not just Mislatel because there are common towers.)

The government wants at least 50,000 new cell sites built within the next 5 years, Rio earlier said.