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DITO fails to meet July 8 technical launch due to COVID-19

During a hearing on Wednesday led by Sen. Grace Poe, DITO chief administrative officer Adel Tamano said that the company only completed less than a quarter of the required number of cell sites to meet its first-year commitments to the Philippine government.
DITO fails to meet July 8 technical launch due to COVID-19
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DITO expects to finish 2,000 cell sites within 2020 though

This suggests that the country's 3rd major telco will likely miss its July 8 "technical launch" deadline.

Note: The technical launch does not mean DITO can already offer its services to the consumers. The technical launch set on July 8 will be conducted by the government to test if the third telco player can meet its committed level of services.

In total, DITO only has 300 operation cell sites out of the 1,300 currently being built. 1,300 is the number of sites needed to meet the technical launch requirement for the company to cover 37 percent of the Philippine population and provide a minimum average internet speed of 27 Mbps.

Originally, the number of cell sites needed for the technical launch is 1,600. But, it was lowered to 1,300.

He blamed the delay on movement restrictions caused by the strict lockdown measures by the government to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Despite the delay, Tamano added that DITO expects to finish 2,000 cell sites within 2020.

DITO will be given two grace period of six (6) months within its 5-year commitment in case it fails to meet its deadlines.

DITO promised to cover 84 percent of the Philippines with an average minimum speed of at least 55 Mbps. DITO's failure to meet its commitments will allow the national government to seize its PHP 25.7 billion performance band and recall the assigned radio frequencies.

To recall, DITO won the government-led bidding in 2018 to break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom.

DITO is backed by businessman Dennis A. Uy and China Telecom.

See also: DITO Telecommunity obtains 6-month extension on technical launch

Via: Inquirer
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