DICT had introduced “Telecom Tower Watch”
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) had introduced “Telecom Tower Watch” which would facilitate the swift rollout of digital infrastructure nationwide.
In a report on Gizguide, the Department of Information and Communications Technology teamed up with CitizenWatch Philippines in order to launch the “Telecom Tower Watch”.
Revealed during an online forum conducted by Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi) on “Building Digital Infrastructure for a Digital Philippines,” its president Dino Manhit said that the initiative was targeted to accelerate the development of the digital network in the country.
Manhit also stressed the need for this in order to help the Philippines recover from the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Meanwhile, DICT Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Caintic admitted in the same briefing that the country’s digital infrastructure was “not enough” to address the strong demand for broadband connectivity.
“The current digital infrastructure of the country is still not enough to realize an affordable and fast Internet connectivity. One of the major issues we have identified is the regulatory constraints that hinder telecommunications companies to further invest in infrastructure of the country,” Caintic said.
Caintic also said that the agency had committed to introducing an online portal wherein companies registered to deploy common towers would be monitored by all parties concerned.
Dominant telecommunications companies Globe Telecom and PLDT already sealed a deal with common tower builders. Third telco player DITO Telecommunity was also banking on the shared tower initiative in order to further boost its presence in the Philippines.
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