Common tower provider ALT Global Solutions signs up Now Telecom

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ALT Global Solutions, Inc. has signed an agreement with Now Telecom Co., Inc. for the provision of shareable telecommunications infrastructure.

In a text message to BusinessWorld Thursday, ALT Global Director Sherwin Hing said the company is moving forward with its goal of becoming one of the tower providers to sign a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), which will provide assistance in securing permits to build cell sites.

“We are taking to all the three major MNOs (mobile network operators) but so far we’ve signed with Now Telecom,” he said.

“We are in discussions with major telcos to utilize our shared tower infrastructure to enable rapid deployment of cellular equipment, and in some areas increase cellular density in preparation for 5G (fifth-generation mobile),” he added.

Aside from ALT Global, edotco Group Sdn Bhd and ISOC Infrastructure, Inc. also signed MoAs with the DICT Thursday.

The signing of MoAs with the tower providers is a preliminary step to secure the DICT’s assistance in securing permits.

The DICT requires that the tower companies sign an agreement with at least one telco before it signs an MoA.

edotco and ISOC signed a tripartite agreement with Globe Telecom, Inc. earlier this month to roll out 150 shareable towers in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon).

Mr. Hing said ALT Global hopes to establish 1,000 sites across the country in the next three years. These towers will be leasable not only to Now Telecom, but also to major telecommunications firms Globe Telecom, Inc., PLDT, Inc. and the incoming Mislatel consortium. “[O]ur first site is in BGC (Bonifacio Global City),” he said.

The government is targeting 50,000 common towers in the next seven to 10 years to improve tower density, which is expected to ease subscriber congestion estimated at 4,000 subscribers per tower. — Denise A. Valdez