THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has called on telecommunication companies (telcos) to expand their services to rural and remote areas to spread the benefits of a digital economy in this new normal era.
The DICT said it is optimistic about an improved state of internet connectivity in the coming months with the strengthened implementation of government connectivity programs and entry of the third telco player.
Dito Telecommunity rolled out last week its mobile services in Metro Cebu (Carcar City, Cebu City, Consolacion, Danao City, Liloan, Mandaue City, Minglanilla, Naga City, San Fernando, Talisay City) and Metro Davao (Panabo City, Tagum City, Carmen, Davao City, Digos City).
“Digital infrastructure and connectivity are central to the ability of our country to move forward, address social changes and meet the challenges of the future,” DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said during Dito Telecommunity’s official launch on Monday, March 8.
With the private sector investing in digital infrastructure to upgrade the competitiveness of the Philippines, Honasan said they hope to attract more opportunities, create more jobs, and generally improve lives that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The DICT is continuously coordinating with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in monitoring the rollout plans of all telco players following the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte for telcos to improve their services amid the new normal,” Honasan said.
On Feb. 23, 2021, the NTC reported that Dito had submitted the technical audit in fulfillment of its commitments for its first year of rollout.
Dito’s first year commitments, as indicated in its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, was to cover 37.03 percent of the national population with a minimum average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps).
According to the factual findings submitted to the NTC, Dito reached 37.48 percent or 37,845,315 of the national population and covered a total of 8,860 barangays, which is higher than the committed coverage.
The reported minimum average broadband speed of Dito was 85.9 Mbps (4G) and 507.5 Mbps (5G).
Dito received its CPCN from NTC in July 2019 to operate as the third major telco.
Meanwhile, Dito told the local bourse Friday, March 13, that it will roll out its services in Metro Manila by May or June as it aims to capture 30 percent of the telco industry market previously dominated by Globe and PLDT.
The company also confirmed that it is eyeing to introduce fixed broadband services to home users in the next two years.
Dito expects to be profitable in five years, the firm told the local bourse. (JOB with KOC)