Senate grants DITO 25-year franchise

11 Mar 2021

The Philippines’ Senate committee on public services yesterday (10 March) approved the issuance of a new 25-year operating franchise to the country’s new third telco, DITO Telecommunity Corp. Local press reports confirm the granting comes in the wake of the newcomer having successfully passed its recent technical audit by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The company’s original franchise – issued under its former name, Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel) – is due to expire on April 2023, but the Senate committee noted that having made good on rollout requirements to supply minimum 27Mbps mobile internet to at least 37% of the population in year one, it had granted the application. The telco currently has 1,602 operational cell sites in the Philippines and launched 4G and 5G services in 15 areas on 8 March.

Philippines, DITO Telecommunity Corp (formerly Mislatel)