Mobile network provider Smart Communications yesterday announced it has signed agreements with six common tower companies as part of its network expansion program for its 4G and 5G services.
In a statement, Smart said the agreement involves building a pilot batch of almost 200 “macro cell sites” with more agreements being finalized with four more tower companies.
“With the approval of the simplified permit process for common towers, Smart will be able to speed up its mobile network rollout by tapping common tower companies,” it said.
The agreements were made with Phil Tower Consortium, ISOC Edotco Towers Inc., Frontier Tower Associates Philippine Inc., ALT Global Solutions Inc., Communication and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Philippines Inc., and Ison Tower Ltd. Inc.
Aside from improving its network, it said the agreements were also made in support of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s common tower program and the joint memorandum circular signed by several government agencies in late July that streamlined the construction of common towers.
Currently, its mobile broadband service is available in 93 percent of the country’s municipalities and serves 95 percent of the population, it added.
The PLDT Group, Smart’s parent company, has invested P260 billion from 2015 to 2019 to expand its mobile network and bring new technologies, such as 4G and 5G, it said.*PNA
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