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DICT plans to invest in common towers to expand mobile reach

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has its eyes on common telecommunications towers with an objective to expand its reach of mobile services to underserved areas.

In an update posted at the Telecom Tower Watch, DICT Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic expresses the government body’s desire for the investment, which, additionally, is said to be “complete with radio access network and Internet Protocol back haul.”

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With “commercially unviable places hungry for cellular signals” in mind, Caintic stated how they are coordinating with Congress in order to tap on untouched funds from the Spectrum Users Fee reserved for FREE WIFI for Public Places for the essential digital infrastructure.

“To address permitting delays in ongoing builds of fiber optic networks,” Caintic highlighted the “drafting [of] a new Joint Memorandum Circular to streamline the permitting process,” underpinning the technology’s critical importance in “operationalizing broadband services.”

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