Following the signing of the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on streamlining permits for common towers, PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart have secured a record number of permits to build and upgrade cell sites in the second half of 2020.
Over 2,500 permits to build cell sites were secured by Smart alone, with an additional 4,000 permits secured by PLDT, PLDT-Smart said.
“As of November, Smart has also increased the number of its base stations to over 58,000, increasing the number of base stations by 20 percent compared to end-2019. Smart has also rolled out additional 5G sites as it accelerates its 5G commercial services nationwide,” PLDT-Smart said.
Alfredo Panlilio, Smart president, CEO, and PLDT chief revenue officer, thanked the government for “making it easier” for the company to expand its reach and build out its network.
“Despite the challenges of Covid-19 and the lockdowns, we managed to ramp up our network rollout, with the help of government,” Panlilio said.
To date, it said Smart has over 10,000 cell sites in the country, 700 of which were installed by the end of 2020 despite the restrictions and challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.