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Okay, fine: Dennis Uy’s DITO sticking to March 2021 commercial launch target

Dennis Uy-led telco to build P20.5B data center in Pampanga

Third player DITO Telecommunity reiterated that it is committed to meeting its commercial launch target despite certain limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

DITO chief administrative officer Adel Tamano said the company is working double time to build cell sites to meet its first year commitments to the government.

The company owned by business magnate Dennis Uy issued the statement after President Duterte threatened to shut down the operations of Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. if they cannot improve their services by the end of the year.

“As far as DITO Telecommunity is concerned, we all share the concern of the President for the need to provide world class connectivity to the Filipino people, especially in the face of the pandemic,” he said.

DITO needs around 1,300 cell sites to meet the technical launch requirement. The company has promised to provide services to 37 of the country’s population with a minimum average internet speed of 27 megabits per second.

“Furthermore, DITO is currently working on meeting the 27mbps and 37-percent coverage in time for the government technical audit come January of 2021,” Tamano said.

“As DITO Telecommunity hastens its roll-out in time for the March 2021, let me assure the Filipino people that we recognize the clamor for the third major telco to already go on-air..DITO is doing all it can to work through the challenges, move forward, and launch soonest,” he added.

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