The imminent irruption of a tower industry in The Philippines
Appointment of third MNO and Duterte’s Common Tower Policy are creating an inviting opportunity for international towercos and investors
In late 2017, the Philippines stole the tower industry spotlight when President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intention of developing a Common Tower Policy for the country. Last September, his collaborator and advisor Ramon Jacinto presented the first policy draft in front of key national and regional industry stakeholders. Finally, last November, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) appointed Mislatel as the new third operator to challenge Globe and Smart’s duopoly, making the business case for towercos even more compelling. ISOC Infrastructures, a local business conglomerate engaged in cold chain logistics, property and energy development, is one of the 12 telecom infrastructure companies that have signed an MoUs with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) aiming to obtain a towerco license to operate in this market.