DITO Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano announced yesterday (23 February) that the start-up will launch commercially on 8 March starting in Davao and Cebu. The news comes in the wake of the third telco clearing the hurdle of its technical audit by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) – reaching a minimum broadband speed of 507.5Mbps for its fledgling 5G service, and 85.9Mbps for its 4G network. Speaking at a virtual press conference Tamano confirmed that initially, DITO will launch in Mindanao – described as a ‘sentimental’ decision to honour the company’s origin (the company was originally called Mislatel or Mindanao Islamic Telephone before being renamed DITO). From launch, 17 cities and nearby municipalities in Mindanao and Visayas will have DITO telco services, Tamano said, adding: ‘We want the public to know that on 8 March, we will be having our commercial launch. Phased launch. First in Mindanao. We will make ourselves available on 8 March, starting with Davao and Cebu’. Although it is being billed as a low-key ‘humble’ launch, DITO is confident that within a year it will be offering services across the Metro Manila (NCR) region.