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ISOC edotco Towers Limited breaks ground for first common tower in the Philippines

ISOC edotco Towers Limited (“ISOC edotco”), a regional end-to-end integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, today begins the construction of its ?rst common tower in the Philippines with a groundbreaking ceremony in Bacoor City, Cavite.

The construction of shared infrastructure aims to reduce the country’s subscriber-to-tower ratio which currently stands at over 7,000 subscribers per tower. This is three times the ideal ratio prescribed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) causing Filipino mobile users to frequently encounter coverage issues due to network congestion.

Notable guests who attended the event include Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio and representatives from Globe Telecom.

Chief Executive Of?cer of edotco, Suresh Sidhu said, “This groundbreaking marks a step forward for the nation, towards embracing the shared infrastructure model and advancing overall connectivity. Our efforts in the Philippines are fueled by the clear opportunity to transform the telecommunications landscape and our commitment to improve the country’s digital aspirations as a nation building partner. As an independent infrastructure services company, we bring in the right capabilities and expertise to roll-out both built-to-suit and next-generation connectivity solutions to meet the demands for affordable and reliable coverage”.

“The push for common towers in the Philippines is also driven by telco users’ increasing appetite for faster connectivity speeds and lower latency amid an increasing appetite for data. In meeting this demand, operators are set to invest in 4G and 5G deployment while modernizing existing 3G networks to improve customer experience. To do this successfully, the sector requires more towers, antennas, and base stations across the nation” he added.

Michael C. Cosiquien, ISOC Infrastructure Chairman, said, “As we break ground today, we are ushering a new era of connectivity in the Philippines. Beyond setting the stage for next generation networks, we are also linking together all corners of the nation, overcoming barriers to communication while strengthening relationships and improving people’s lives in meaningful ways.”

ISOC edotco aims to build 400 to 500 towers within the ?rst year of operations, contrib-uting towards the 1,000 towers planned within the ?rst phase of operations, which will span from two to three years. Both companies will invest up to USD100 million in the local market over the next three to ?ve years.

In its six years of operations, edotco Group has deepened its commitment in South and South East Asia by ensuring that the right sharable infrastructure is constructed and managed to enable seamless connectivity. edotco’s growing partnerships with corporations in the region is also a testament of its commitment to not only addressing the digital gaps but also towards creating the right environment for the region’s digital transformation aspirations.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco Group is the ?rst regional integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M).

edotco Group operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 31,500 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Laos and the Philippines with 19,991 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 11,521 towers managed through a range of services provided. edotco strives to deliver outstanding performance in telecommunications infrastructure services and solutions. Its state- of-the-art real-time monitoring service, echo, has driven signi?cant improvements in ?eld operations while maximizing operational ef?ciencies in terms of battery, energy and fuel consumption for telecommunications infrastructure.

edotco Group was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2018 Asia Paci?c Telecoms Tower Company of the Year Award for its demonstrated exemplary business growth and performance in Southeast Asia.

About ISOC Infrastructure, Inc.

ISOC Infrastructure, Inc. is the pioneer in the common tow-er initiative of the Philippines. Their leadership has a proven track record in infrastructure and innovation, and the compa-ny is currently working on proj-ects that spur economic growth and development in urban and rural areas. ISOC was the ?rst to submit an unsolicited proposal and the ?rst to sign an MOU with the DICT on common tel-co towers for the Philippines.