DITO Telco sets commercial launch in Visayas, Mindanao on March 8

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2021   •   1122

MANILA, Philippines – DITO Telecommunity Corp., the country’s new major telecommunications player, on Tuesday, released the list of key areas in Visayas and Mindanao where its services will be initially available as it sets to commercially rollout on March 8.

In an advisory, DITO said its services will be initially available in the following areas:

METRO CEBU

  • Carcar
  • Cebu City
  • Consolacion
  • Danao
  • Liloan
  • Mandaue
  • Minglanilla
  • Naga
  • San Fernando
  • Talisay

METRO DAVAO

  • Panabo
  • Tagum
  • Carmen
  • Davao City
  • Digos

In a virtual press briefing, DITO Telecom chief administrative officer Atty. Adel Tamano said the company’s services will first be launched in Visayas and Mindanao areas and will eventually make its way to the rest of the country.

Tamano said starting the telco’s commercial rollout in Mindanao is a “sentimental” decision to honor its origin.

“Ang desisyon talaga na magsimula sa Mindanao kasi yung roots po ng Dito ay Mindanao talaga. Ang original name talaga ng DITO is Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company at ang purpose ng initial franchise ng DITO was to serve Mindanao,” he said.

“Kaya naisip namin na maganda ang unang commercial rollout hindi sa Manila kundi sa Mindanao specifically sa Davao at Visayas na rin specifically sa Cebu,” he added.

Tamano said DITO Telecom’s initial commercial operations will be limited to mobile services but will be expanded to included broadband services by the middle of the year.

The telco’s commitment was to deliver 37.03% national population coverage within a minimum average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps) in its first year of operations.

But based on the findings of an independent technical audit, DITO’s minimum average broadband speed were recorded at 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G.

The telco is operated by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation, Udenna’s subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc. and China Telecommunications Corp. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Senate OKs 25-year franchise for DITO Telecommunity

Robie de Guzman   •   March 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Wednesday, March 24, approved the franchise of DITO Telecommunity Corp., allowing the new telco player to operate in the country for 25 years.

DITO’s franchise secured the approval of 17 senators, with Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan voting against it and Senator Panfilo Lacson abstaining.

Senator Grace Poe, the chairperson of the Committee on Public Services, steered the passage of the measure.

Poe said the entry of DITO Telecommunity as a new major player in the Philippine telecommunications market would spur the competition for more affordable and better internet and mobile services available to more Filipinos.

Previously, the telecommunications sector was being dominated by SMART/Philippine Long Distance Company and Globe Telecommunications.

DITO was launched commercially last March 8 in various areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

It was selected as the new major player in the Philippine telecommunications market and was given a five-year network rollout to realize its commitment to provide at least 55 MBPS of mobile data connectivity to at least 84 percent of the country’s population.

DITO is a consortium of companies owned by Dennis Uy and China Telecoms.

Some lawmakers have earlier expressed concerns over DITO’s operation with state-owned China Telecoms, saying it posed a risk to national security as the new telco plans to build its facilities inside military camps in the country.

PAGASA monitors LPA off Mindanao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 17, 2020

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), on Thursday (December 17), said it is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) off of Mindanao. 

The LPA was located 820 east of Davao city. The state weather bureau said it is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone but its trough will bring rainfall in several parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Soccksargen, and Davao regions will experience cloudy skies and scattered rainfall today. 

The Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region will also experience cloudy skies due to the northern monsoon or amihan.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon may experience cloudy to partly cloudy skies with isolated rain.

Philippine islands named top favorites in Asia by int’l travel magazine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2020

The Philippines dominated the Conde Naste Traveler’s (CNT) list of top islands in Asia.

Cebu and Visayas Islands have been named among Top Island in Asia while Palawan, Siargao, and Boracay ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said it will be a challenge for the department to continue advocating sustainable and responsible tourism practices that will help preserve these destinations.

“This latest citation from CNT gives us in the Department of Tourism (DOT) a boost of confidence, as we continuously carry out our strategies to gradually reopen domestic tourism, to once again welcome travelers from other countries when things become better,” she said. AAC

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