MANILA – Building telecom infrastructure remains a challenge due to lengthy permit applications and uncooperative stakeholders, Globe Telecom said Thursday.
Over 25 permits that can take 8 months to secure are needed to build just 1 tower, Globe said in a statement.
The lack of regulations on building cell towers enables homeowners associations, local government units and building administrators to impose their own requirements for permits, the statement said.
These causes "considerable delay in the construction of such facilities," Globe’s chief technology and information officer Gil Genio said.
More cell sites are needed as Globe's mobile data traffic rose to 49 percent from January to September 2018, the company said.
“Consumer demand for mobile data is growing at an explosive rate. This means more and more cellular towers have to be deployed to keep up with the demand. But deployment is only the final step to a potentially long, costly site acquisition process,” Genio said.
The Philippines has one of the lowest cell site density compared to its neighbors with an estimated 4,036 internet users per cell site, based on 16,600 total towers against 67 million internet users, Globe said, citing data from TowerXchange and We Are Social.