PH needs to build more cell sites to be globally competitive

National Telecommunications Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said to be globally competitive, the government has to start spending on ICT infrastructure including the long-delayed National Broadband Plan.

In the November report of TowerXchange, Thailand has over 52,000 and Vietnam has 90,000, over five times the 17,850 cell towers in the Philippines. Vietnam has 756 users per tower and Thailand 991. The Philippines has 4,090 users per tower, reflecting high congestion prone to degraded services.

Globe Telecom said the company has allotted 70 billion pesos in capital expenditures this year to build 2,000 new sites and faster fiber rollout to address home connectivity for the largely underserved market.

Smart Communications, on the other hand, is prepared to invest up to 98 billion pesos in 2021, focusing on expanding their fiber footprint and wireless coverage to meet the fast-growing demand of broadband services.

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