Globe Telecom is pushing for the institutionalization of a streamlined permitting process for ICT infrastructure to allow faster network builds.
Globe vice president for site lifecycle management services Michelle Ora reiterated the company’s call for telecom services to be regarded as a utility in developments, similar to water and power.
The government eased the permitting process for telecom infrastructure under the Bayanihan to Recover As One law, which was enacted at the height of the pandemic, to expand the country’s capacity for connectivity as demand soared.
Globe is pushing for the permanency of these provisions to sustain the infrastructure builds, aligned with the government’s aspiration for nationwide digital adoption and digital transformation in the country. Once a permanent aspect of doing business, local government units will be compelled to issue local ordinances requiring compliance to telco infrastructure standards, it said. Darwin G. Amojelar