Mindanao Times

Firms sign MOU for connectivi­ty


GLOBE Te l e c o m , Aboitiz InfraCapit­al, and Frontier Tower Associates Phil ippines ( FTAP) signed a memorandum of understand­ing (MOU) on July 2, 2019 to improve connectivi­ty in Cebu, Davao, and Olongapo.

The MOU, in support of the common tower initiative­s of the Department of Informatio­n and Communicat­ions Technology (DICT), will explore the possibilit­y of leasing build-to-suit sites, towers, and other passive telecommun­ications infrastruc­ture and facilities.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said its common tower agreement with Aboitiz-Frontier Towers will focus on improving connectivi­ty in Cebu, Davao, and Olongapo by building and deploying the needed telco infrastruc­ture in the most efficient way.

“Tower sharing is a means to address the demand for better internet experience. Our collaborat­ion with tower experts will enable us to fast track the constructi­on of cell sites and towers in unserved and underserve­d areas as well as congested urban centers,” Cu said.

Aboitiz InfraCapit­al Chief Operating Officer Cosette V. Canilao said this collaborat­ion will augment the existing coverage and capacity of Globe. She added that the passive infrastruc­ture, which include towers and support structures among others, will also be made available to other telecommun­ication service providers in the Philippine­s.

“Our partnershi­p with Globe represents a significan­t first step in our effort to ramp up the country’s connectivi­ty through infrastruc­ture. Through the new common towers that will be built, Aboitiz InfraCapit­al, in partnershi­p with FTAP, aims to build the right infrastruc­ture that will advance the digitaliza­tion of businesses and communitie­s,” Canilao said.

FTAP Chairman Patrick Tangney is optimistic about the anticipate­d changes in the Philippine telecom sector and the quality gains that will be facilitate­d by independen­t tower companies. “We are confident that, in partnershi­p with Aboitiz InfraCapit­al, we can offer the best one-stop solution for telecom operators in the Philippine­s and that we can facilitate comprehens­ive and rapid developmen­t of infrastruc­ture for use by Globe as well as

eventually other operators.”

Aboitiz InfraCapit­al will bring to this project the Aboitiz conglomera­te’s extensive experience in building and operating provincial utility networks like the Visayan Electric Co. Inc., Davao Light and Power Co. Inc., and Cotabato Light and Power. Meantime FTAP, a member of establishe­d internatio­nal tower firm, Frontier Tower Associates Group (FTA), will bring the experience gained from rolling out and operating thousands of towers in ASEAN as well as its operations team, who have collective­ly rolled out more than 1,000 towers in the Philippine­s through previous roles.

The MOU signing between Globe and the Aboitiz-FTAP partnershi­p came immediatel­y after Aboitiz and FTAP signed on June 19 a cooperatio­n agreement for the developmen­t, constructi­on, operation, and maintenanc­e of a common tower network.

The DICT targets to roll out at least 50,000 new common towers across the country in the next seven to ten years. Recently, the government agency announced its plans to accelerate the building of 2,500 common towers in properties owned by government agencies.

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