'Common tower policy' draft may be out by end of September: Honasan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2019 05:05 PM

MANILA – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may release the first draft of its common tower policy within the month, its chief said Monday.

Shared cell sites can help lower costs and provide faster services to more Filipinos, DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan told reporters on the sidelines of a business summit in Taguig.

“We are now crafting the common tower policy…so within the month, meron tayong first draft na ng common tower policy,” Honasan said.

“Mas matipid, pag mas matipid, bababa 'yung cost at bibilis 'yung serbisyo. Gusto natin talaga pabilisin ito dahil we should have done this yesterday,” he added.

The government has signed agreements with local and foreign common tower builders to speed up the development of shared cell sites in the country.

A common tower will be built inside the House of Representatives to help lawmakers understand and address poor connectivity complaints.

Former DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio earlier said the goal was to build at least 50,000 new cell sites within the next 5 years.

The DICT is also looking into the possibility of reallocating frequencies or a “Frequency Management Policy” to allow the entry of more players in the telecommunications space, Honasan said.

-- with a report from Bruce Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News