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DITO aims complete network rollout in 3 years, to use standalone 5G tech

Appointed 3rd telco DITO recently shared that the company is aiming to fast fast-track its network rollout.
DITO aims complete network rollout in 3 years, to use standalone 5G tech
DITO 5G speed test (Screenshot from Warren de Guzman's Twitter account)

DITO to be fully operational nationwide in 3 years?

Despite encountering early delays, the telco startup said that they want to shorten the five years original plan to three years.

This could be done by accelerating spending and deploying infrastructure faster. The company officials said that this was already happening with the support of the local government units and more recent calls by President Duterte to cut red tape.

Apart from that, ABS-CBN earlier reported that DITO would start building physical stores in "major malls" nationwide (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) in preparation for its March 2021 commercial launch. DITO added that they already have their SIM cards enough to cover the target subscribers that its commercial team has defined.

Also, DITO will be building standalone 5G which does not need 4G infrastructure. This made them different from Globe Telecom and PLDT. DITO boasts that it has completed 4 technical 5G test calls earlier this month in NCR, Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Davao.

ABS-CBN's Warren de Guzman Tweeted that it can reach a download speed of 1,129.67 Mbps.

Dito chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago noted that the company is expected to comply with its January 2021 audit. He announced that they have completed 1,532 cell sites as of October 28 or a 400-percent increase versus the 300 sites complete before its original first audit back in July.

This will be more than enough to meet the requirement to cover 37 percent of the population and provide a minimum average internet speed of 27 Mbps.

Santiago added that they are planning to bring the figure to over 2,200 cell sites by July 2021 to meet the second year milestone of 51 percent population coverage with a minimum average internet speed of 55 Mbps.

To recall, DITO earlier committed to over 84 percent of the Philippine population with a minimum average speed of 55 Mbps by the end of its fifth year or by 2024.

Sources: Inquirer, ABS-CBN

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