NTC, DILG agree to draft policies to expedite issuance of LGU permits for cell sites

MANILA — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have agreed to draft policies that would streamline local government units issuance of permits for building additional cellular sites throughout the country.

This move will enable telcos to speed up the building of cellular sites so improvements in internet speed and mobile connectivity in the country could be felt by consumers the soonest.

The NTC meeting with DILG officials addressed the persisting issue of telcos having to apply for numerous permits before they are allowed to build cellular sites in various municipalities and provinces.

In a previous Senate hearing, telcos claimed that an average of 25 LGU permits were needed for a single cellular site to be put up.

The processing of these permits usually takes around eight months and another three months to build the actual cellular site.

All told, it would take nearly a year to have one cell site operational—that is if a permit is granted at all.

This effort is also in preparation for the upcoming Philippine Telecom Summit with the theme, “Solutions for Progress and Global Competitiveness” scheduled in March this year. Aerol Patena/PNA-northboundasia.com