ATC: 500 towers for fast Internet

A new firm, the Alliance Towers Corporation (ATC), plans to put up 500 digital towers every year to support a program to speed up digital communications as competition heats up with the recent introduction of broadband Internet through satellite.

ATC is a licensed digital infrastructure company recognized in 2019 by the Department of Information and Communications Technology as a licensed digital infrastructure company, which has since then created partnerships with the largest telecom companies in the Philippines including Smart, Globe and Dito. It was formerly known as ALT Global Solutions Inc.

It has built over 40 towers during the height of the pandemic and plans to build 500 towers a year which would greatly help improve digital connectivity, considering that the Philippines needs to erect 50,000 towers to meet its current shortfall.

“The recent pandemic has brought about the urgent need for fast and reliable Internet connectivity to enable digital transformation and the adaptation of the country to new digital landscapes.

Unfortunately, there is a wide gap between the number of subscribers and the cell sites here in the Philippines to provide the bandwidth and connectivity that the Filipinos demand,” Alvin Tolentino, president and COO of ATC said.

Further, Tolentino stressed that as the country adapts to the rapidly changing times, ATC aims to be a major player in the common tower industry, helping its telco partners provide better service.

Improved digital tech

“Our plans in the pipeline involve initiatives that will help stabilize and expedite programs to address consumer demands for improved digital connectivity across the Philippines,” he explained.

Moreover, the company said the demand for towers is being driven by the increased capacity requirements of users, the 4G expansion and 5G rollout, and the increased number of telco players.

With these demands and the need to provide good connectivity to even unserved and underserved areas, the government has introduced reforms over the last two decades which resulted in the dramatically changing nature of telecommunications in the Philippines, and the establishment of shared telecom infrastructure.

“We acknowledge our role in the success of the country’s digital transformation and advancement. This is why we have selected a management team that has a proven track record in the tech and telecommunications industry to lead our programs and initiatives in building digital infrastructures,” ATC chairperson and CEO Sherwin Hing said.

“Furthermore, we also ensure that our experts are armed with the right extensive information and knowledge to develop our towers, and we have also developed standard parameters to ensure that our sites, services and operations are best-in-class,” Hing noted.