ISOC edotco Towers Limited (“ISOC edotco”), a regional end-to-end integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, begins the construction of its first common tower in the Philippines with a groundbreaking ceremony in Bacoor City, Cavite.
The construction of shared infrastructure aims to reduce the country’s subscriber-to-tower ratio which currently stands at over 7,000 subscribers per tower. This is three times the ideal ratio prescribed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) causing Filipino mobile users to frequently encounter coverage issues due to network congestion.
“This groundbreaking marks a step forward for the nation, towards embracing the shared infrastructure model and advancing overall connectivity,” said Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco.
Undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was present during the groundbreaking.
ISOC edotco aims to build 400-500 towers within the first year of operations, contributing toward the 1,000 towers planned within the first phase of operations, which will span from two to three years. Both companies will invest up to USD100 million in the local market over the next three to five years.
“The push for common towers in the Philippines is also driven by telco users’ increasing appetite for faster connectivity speeds and lower latency amid an increasing appetite for data. In meeting this demand, operators are set to invest in 4G and 5G deployment while modernizing existing 3G networks to improve customer experience. To do this successfully, the sector requires more towers, antennas, and base stations across the nation” Sidhu said.
“Beyond setting the stage for next-generation networks, we are also linking together all corners of the nation, overcoming barriers to communication while strengthening relationships and improving people’s lives in meaningful ways,” said Michael C. Cosiquien, chair, ISOC Infrastructure.