Ready to rumble: Dito on path to commercial launch after passing technical audit

Dito Telecommunity Inc. has cleared a key regulatory hurdle in its bid to become the country’s third telco player.

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In a statement issued Monday, the National Telecommunications Commission said it received a report from independent auditor R.G. Manabat & Co. that DITO passed the technical audit of its network.

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According to R.G. Manabat, Dito met its first year commitment to cover 37.48 percent of the country’s population or a total of 8,860 barangays and provide a minimum average internet speed of 27 megabits per second.

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The report indicated that the minimum average broadband speed were 85.9 Mbps (4G) and 507.5Mbps (5G). Near the base station registered 102.4Mbps (4G) and 769.1Mbps (5G); middle point registered 91.2Mbps (4G) and 437.1Mbps (5G); and far from the base station registered 64.4Mbps (4G) and 316.5Mbps (5G).

Stratified random sampling was used to choose 12 percent of the 1,602 cell sites for field testing.
For each location (near the base station, middle point and far from the base station), three tests were conducted.

DITO, a joint venture between Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom, is now ready to launch commercial operations next month, hoping to shake up an industry dominated by telco giants PLDT-Smart and Globe Telecoms.

“DITO’s entry in the market is a welcome development in the telco industry. A healthier competition within the industry fulfills President Duterte’s promise to the Filipino people of better telco service thru cheaper prices and improved internet speed,” NTC said.

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