DITO Telecommunity on course to meet rollout commitments, DICT says

16 Sep 2019

The Philippines’ new third telco DITO Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) is on course to meet its rollout commitments for the year ended 9 July 2020 – the first year of its operations – according to Eliseo Rio Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). In a radio interview at the weekend the DICT official confirmed: ‘In their report to us, they met [the commitments] and the site acquisition, this is part of it.’

DITO Telecommunity was confirmed as the new major player (NMP) on 19 November 2018 and officially received its operating licences on 8 July 2019. Led by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy, the newcomer promised to deliver a minimum download speed of 27Mbps and outlined CAPEX and operating costs of PHP150 billion (USD2.89 billion) to achieve nationwide coverage of 37.03% in its first year. ‘Their commitment for the first year is 37% of our population will be reached by their services, more or less this means around a little less [than] 3,000 cell sites,’ said Rio. As such, DITO is mandated to erect at least 2,500 cell sites in the year to 9 July 2020, while by its fifth year of operation the NMP has pledged to have built out nationwide coverage to 84.01% with minimum speeds of 55Mbps, backed by capital expenditure of PHP257 billion.