First performance audit, success for DITO Telecommunity

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After passing the technical audit showing its network prowess with fast broadband speed, DITO Telecommunity’s bid to become the Philippines’ third major telco got a boost.

The National Telecommunications Commission on Monday said that the group delivered on its first-year commitments.

The Dennis Uy and state-run China Telecommunications—backed player — promised to provide an average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second, covering 37% of the country’s population for its first year of operations.

DITO’s average broadband speed hit a whopping 507.5 Mbps for 5G, and 85.9 Mbps for 4G, based on the findings of the technical audit conducted by independent auditor R.G. Manabat and Co.

Meanwhile, its coverage reached 37.48% or 37,845,315 based on the 2015 national census population of 100,983,124. This is equivalent to a total of 8,860 barangays.

Expected to launch commercially in March this year, DITO Telecommunity is initially targeting to tap the markets of Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila.

“DITO’s entry in the market is a welcome development in the telco industry,” the NTC said.

The regulator emphasized that this would pave the way for a “healthier competition” in the sector, where Filipino consumers may expect “cheaper prices and improved internet speed.”

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