ITCS get DICT pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cates

BusinessMirror - - Companies - By Lorenz S. Marasi­gan @lorenz­marasi­gan

THe Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) has is­sued pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cates of reg­is­tra­tion to in­de­pen­dent tower com­pa­nies (ITCS) to ac­cel­er­ate the roll out of com­mon tow­ers in the Philip­pines.

A to­tal of 23 tower com­pa­nies re­ceived pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cates that al­low them to “own, con­struct, man­age, and op­er­ate one or more Pas­sive Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Tow­ers In­fra­struc­tures.”

“This should pro­vide them with am­ple time to com­plete all the re­quire­ments for full ITC reg­is­tra­tion and per­mit­ting within the time pe­riod. Like­wise, this should also pro­vide enough time for ITCS to start their roll-out,” ICT Sec­re­tary Gre­go­rio Honasan II said.

The pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cates are valid un­til De­cem­ber 31.

“We need these tower com­pa­nies to con­tinue mo­bi­liz­ing and build­ing out tow­ers now, that’s why we granted them this pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cate to ease their tran­si­tion un­der the new cir­cu­lar. We have to be dili­gent to en­sure ca­pac­ity of cer­ti­fied ITCS and we need to bal­ance dili­gence with the ur­gency to im­prove our cur­rent ICT in­fras­truc­ture,” Honasan said.

He added that in­ter­ested tower com­pa­nies may also regis­ter with the DICT through its on­line por­tal.

“This new reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem is a big step to­wards our goal of re­duc­ing pro­ce­dural de­lays in the per­mit­ting of ITCS. This will also al­low the con­tin­u­ance of our ser­vices amid the com­mu­nity quar­an­tine. With the ap­pli­ca­tion now done on­line, we hope to en­cour­age more ITCS to regis­ter with the DICT and avail of the ad­van­tages of the whole com­mon tower ini­tia­tive,” Honasan said.

Cur­rently, there are 23 tower com­pa­nies that the ICT depart­ment has ex­ist­ing mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing and or agree­ment with.

Shared telco in­fras­truc­ture is seen to boost both cover­age and speed of the In­ter­net in the coun­try, which is now adapt­ing a new nor­mal, wherein al­most ev­ery­thing is dig­i­tal due to the pan­demic.

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