DICT inks deal with Chinese state-run firm for common telco towers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) — Two Chinese state-owned companies have dipped their toes in the Philippine telecommunications industry.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in a statement, announced that it has penned three memoranda of understanding with three different foreign corporations to become common tower providers.

These corporations are Nigerian company IHS Towers, Malaysian company Edotco Group and the China Energy Equipment Corporation.

Like China Telecommunications Corporation, which entered through the Philippine telecommunications market as a part of the Mislatel consortium, China Energy Equipment Corporation is operated by the Chinese government.

These companies have entered the same deal the DICT inked with Filipino company ISOC Infrastructures, Inc. and Singaporean company ISON ECP Tower Pet. Ltd. in December last year.

"The DICT will support their company in facilitating permits, right of way, and provide other government support for infrastructure should they secure a contract with any of the telco operators," the DICT said in a statement.

The department added that this is a part of its market-driven approach to build more cell sites, and will improve the Mislatel Consortium - the new major telecommunications player - in its roll-out plan.

"We will welcome more parties in this venture as it will address the country's backlog on telecommunication towers," said DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio in the statement.

The Mislatel Consortium is expected to start operations late 2019.