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Phil-Tower Consortium Inc (PhilTower) and Miescor Infrastructure Development Corporation (MIDC) have announced plans to form a joint venture to meet the growing demand for 4G and 5G infrastructure in the Philippines. According to a statement, the new joint venture company will own both PhilTower and MIDC, with the goal of maximizing their geographical footprints to provide better connectivity to customers. PhilTower operates 1,250 towers across three regions— Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. MIDC operates more than 1,250 towers, the majority of which are located in Luzon.

Increasing Demand for 4G/5G Connectivity

The Philippines is experiencing a surge in demand for both 4G and 5G infrastructure driven by several factors. Firstly, there is a growing reliance on mobile connectivity for communication, entertainment, and business operations, leading to increased demand for faster and more reliable networks. Additionally, the rise of digital services such as mobile gaming, video streaming, and e-commerce further underscores the need for robust 4G and 5G infrastructure to support these bandwidth-intensive applications. Furthermore, as the country progresses towards a digital economy, there is a heightened emphasis on bridging the digital divide and ensuring widespread access to high-speed internet, driving the expansion of 4G and 5G networks to underserved areas.

The companies reported a surge in growth in the Philippines' information and communications technology sector, with investment approvals exceeding USD 1.7 billion (PHP 96.16 billion). The surge in growth within the Philippines' information and communications technology (ICT) sector can be attributed to several key factors.

Firstly, the country's strategic geographical location and young, tech-savvy population make it an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ICT industry. Additionally, the Philippine government's initiatives to promote digitalization and innovation, such as tax incentives for ICT companies and the establishment of special economic zones, have created a conducive environment for business growth and investment. Moreover, the increasing demand for digital services and solutions, driven by factors such as the rise of e-commerce, remote work trends, and the adoption of emerging technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, has fueled investments in the ICT sector.

The formation of the new joint venture company requires regulatory approval from the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission and the Competition Commission. This regulatory approval ensures compliance with legal and competition regulations governing business formations and mergers in the country. The approval process involves scrutinizing the proposed joint venture to assess its potential impact on market competition, consumer welfare, and overall economic stability.

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