Alt Global eyes build­ing 2K cell sites across PH in 4 years

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

ALT GLOBAL So­lu­tions, Inc. is of­fer­ing to build some 2,000 cell sites across the coun­try within four years as the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) pur­sues its com­mon tower pol­icy ini­tia­tive for the lo­cal telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try.

“We are com­mit­ted to sup­port the com­mon tower pro­ject. We in­tend to part­ner with major tel­cos. Cur­rently, we have 2,000 sites avail­able that we can of­fer,” said Sher­win Hing, Alt Global di­rec­tor, in a press con­fer­ence held Thurs­day.

“We want to build the 2,000 tow­ers within four years. It de­pends on the tel­cos to iden­tify the lo­ca­tion. We have to fi­nal­ize this with the tel­cos,” Hing added.

The DICT signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment with Alt Global to ex­pe­dite the process of grant­ing per­mits for the con­struc­tion of cell tow­ers.

It plans to is­sue the per­mits within two to three months, DICT Act­ing Sec­re­tary Eliseo Rio Jr. said.

“With the con­struc­tion of tow­ers, we can do it in four months or less. Com­pare that to the more than one year that it takes to put up a tower,” Rio said.

Alt Global Di­rec­tor En­rique Gon­za­les dis­closed that the com­pany has part­nered with Now Tele­com for the con­struc­tion of its first cell tower in Boni­fa­cio Global City.

“We want to do 500 tow­ers dur­ing the first year. The in­vest­ment will de­pend on the kinds of tow­ers that the tel­cos will spec­ify. We are fo­cus­ing on ag­gre­gat­ing as many lo­ca­tions as pos­si­ble; the next step is to of­fer th­ese to the tel­cos,” Gon­za­les said.

The DICT iden­ti­fied a to­tal of 2,500 sites as the lo­ca­tion for the com­mon tow­ers. It aims to build at least 50,000 tow­ers in seven to 10 years through part­ner­ships among the tel­cos and the tower providers./pna

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