18 May 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Philippines operator PLDT has turned down a proposal from rival Globe Telecom to share existing towers.
Manuel Pangilinan, CEO of PLDT, told reporters that the
company was open to sharing new towers but did not want to
share existing infrastructure.
He said: "At this time, we don’t see any benefit
or need to share any of our existing network elements,
including our towers."
Globe’s CFO Rizza Maniego-Eala last week told
reporters that CEO Ernest Cu had been looking for collaboration
Cu "has been trying to convince our competitor to have a tower
sharing venture", she said, in order to avoid duplication.
"Today our towers are quite duplicative so where we have a
tower, they have a tower, vice versa," she said last
Ray Espinosa, PLDT’s chief corporate services
officer, said "I don’t think we need to unload
these [existing] towers." He added, according to reports from
the Philippines: "New towers, we’re willing, but
it must be towers where our network is being rolled out. We
cannot just base our stations in areas where Globe says this is
where we build up the cellular towers. It has to be consistent
with our network design and network rollout."
The Philippines government has been in favour of persuading
Globe and PLDT to share towers. Espinosa said PLDT opposed that
policy. "These towers belong to us and are