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Dito Telecommunity Corp. was able to deliver on its commitments for its first year of operations based on the findings of the technical audit conducted by independent auditor R.G. Manabat and Co., the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reported Monday.

The technical audit started on January 7, 2021, after the NTC issued a resolution to extend the audit which was earlier scheduled in July 2020, marking one year after Dito was awarded its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) on July 8, 2019.

As part of its commitments, Dito vowed 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, else risk losing its P24-billion performance bond. Other commitments have also been made for the following years.

In its technical audit, R.G Manabat and Co. said Dito's first-year national population coverage reached 37.48% or 37,845,315 based on the 2015 national census population of 100.983 million, reaching coverage of 8,8609 barangays.

Meanwhile, the report indicated that the minimum average broadband speeds were recorded at 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G. This was faster near base stations at 102.4 Mbps for 4G and 769.1 Mbps for 5G while those far from base stations experienced speeds of 64.4 Mbps for 4G and 316. Mbps for 5G.

"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," the NTC said in its statement.

The Dito consortium is made up of Uy's Udenna Corporation, Udenna's subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc., and Chinese state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation. It has scheduled its commercial rollout in March. —LDF, GMA News

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SkyMan

I thought they were going to do fiber but this sounds like wireless which rocks.

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HongKongPhooey
12 hours ago, Dafey said:

The Dito consortium is made up of Uy's Udenna Corporation, Udenna's subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc., and Chinese state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation.

Emphasis on-

12 hours ago, Dafey said:

Chinese state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation.

I understand why people might be optimistic but remember - qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent. "He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas" 

(Not inferring Chinese people in any way whatsoever are dogs; but the communist state? Decide for yourself.)

 

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11 hours ago, HongKongPhooey said:

Emphasis on-

I understand why people might be optimistic but remember - qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent. "He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas" 

(Not inferring Chinese people in any way whatsoever are dogs; but the communist state? Decide for yourself.)

I'm not sure which is the lesser of 2 evils in this.  The Chinese Telco, or the 2 oligarchs that fail to provide acceptable service.  Perhaps the local 2 will get bitten and reevaluate their business plans which would be a win-win.

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Paddy

A third telecom provider can only be a good thing if it forces the other two to re-evaluate all aspects of their business. 
 

On a lighter note, look at all the free advertising that Dito gets with all those “Load na Dito” signs everywhere 😀

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Security audit of Dito urged ahead of March 8 rollout

 

SEN. Ana Theresia Hontiveros has urged the National Security Council (NSC) to immediately conduct a security audit of partly China-owned Dito Telecommunity Corporation ahead of its commercial rollout on March 8.

The senator made the call as the government has yet to resolve security concerns against Dito Telecom since ChinaTel, which has a 40 percent stake in Dito, is 100 percent owned by the Chinese government.

She said the NSC must tap an independent security auditor, similar to how the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) conducted its technical audit of Dito. The NTC on Monday announced that the third telco passed its first technical audit.

“While China continues its bullying tactics in the West Philippine Sea amid the pandemic, we rolled out the red carpet for a company which directly reports to the Chinese government,” she said in Filipino.

“This is worrying. NSC should execute a security audit for Dito. It’s the least it can do,” Hontiveros said in a statement on Wednesday.

She continued, “If a technical audit has been conducted [on Dito Telecom], there should be a security audit also. Knowing that Dito is safe from China’s incursions is as vital as knowing Dito’s technical capabilities.”

During the Senate hearing on Dito’s franchise in December 2020, the NSC admitted that it did not have a cyberdefense doctrine that can fight against cyberattacks. She questioned why Dito should be allowed franchise when the country’s cyberdefenses are down.

The senator had also flagged a China-based hacking group, code name “Naikon,” that has been carrying out an espionage campaign against governments in the Asia Pacific, including the Philippines.

“It is worrisome that there is no concrete strategy on the issue of cybersecurity. China can easily take advantage of this. Sinasakop na nila ang ating karagatan ng harap-harapan (They were blatantly encroaching in our seas). Nothing is stopping it from doing the same to our data,” she stressed.

“Not unless China finally respects and honors that our territories in the WPS are ours and ours alone, every other business negotiation it has in our country will remain suspicious. We must pursue our fight [against China’s aggression] or else the Filipinos will end up losers,” Hontiveros added.

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12 hours ago, SkyMan said:

I'm not sure which is the lesser of 2 evils in this.  The Chinese Telco, or the 2 oligarchs that fail to provide acceptable service.  Perhaps the local 2 will get bitten and reevaluate their business plans which would be a win-win.

I’m not sure why it has to be only those two options.

They could have partnered with another reputable international carrier like Telstra out of Australia. Telstra backed out of the bidding but did not specify the reason why.

My guess: ChinaTel was willing to pay the bribes to get it done. Telstra politely declined.

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9 hours ago, HongKongPhooey said:

I’m not sure why it has to be only those two options.

They could have partnered with another reputable international carrier like Telstra out of Australia. Telstra backed out of the bidding but did not specify the reason why.

My guess: ChinaTel was willing to pay the bribes to get it done. Telstra politely declined.

Probably correct.  Honest, above board companies are at serious disadvantage here.

However, at the consumer level there are only the 2 choices. 

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