China Energy to invest $4.4 Billion for cell towers in the PH

China Energy to invest $4.4 Billion for cell towers in the PH

We all want better, faster , and reliable internet services in the country.

Currently, the Philippines has only 16,000 cell sites as against 67 million users, given that numbers we have the lowest cell site density in Asia.

That is why the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CEEC on the deployment of the cell sites.

Cell tower or more popularly known as cell sites (photo credit to owner)

The Chinese state owned firm China Energy Engineering Corp. (CEEC) is seeking to invest around USD4.4 billion in building common cell towers that may be leased to telcos to ensure improvement in the delivery of their communication services.

CEEC said that it has the capability to meet the demand of the DICT which is to built 50,000 cell sites to make the country competitive with our neighboring Asian countries in providing quality telco services to the public at large.

“The number of towers that will be built by the CEEC will depend on the demand of telco operators. And of course, we will do it based on the requirement of the DICT and NTC (National Telecommunications Commission). According to DICT, there should be totally around 50,000 towers to be built. For our capability, we have no problem in building this total of 50,000 towers,” Huang Fei, vice president of CEEC, said to reporters.

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. , said the government will take Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and local government units to expedite the process of issuance of permits,care in providing 2 any of the telco operators.

An inter-agency is being eyed by the DICT composed of the following the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways.

“This is the function of an inter-agency that we will be creating. There is the DILG, LGUs, DENR and Public (Works and) Highways. All of these agencies that are in some way involved in giving permits will have a one-stop shop. For the ease of doing business, if before it takes eight months for the granting of permits, we can now compress it to seven days,” Rio said.

The lack of cell site towers has been identified as one of the primary barriers to affordable and consistently reliable Internet services in the Philippines.

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Report from PNA

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