DITO Telecom Reported Successful Series of Local & International Phone Calls

In a report submitted to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported, DITO Telecom confirmed that the company successfully conducted some series of local and international phone calls.

The last of the first test calls was made on March 27, 2020, which is almost two months earlier than the May 2020 milestone as stated in the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) granted to DITO Telecom by the national government.

According to DITO Telecom's report, the local calls were made with the five (5) regional subdivisions representing DITO vendors in the country, namely Huawei for North Luzon, Northern and Southern National Capital Capital Region (NCR); ZTE for South Luzon and the Visayas while Huaxin for Mindanao areas. The two international phone calls were made to Hong Kong and Beijing, China with China Telecom.

DITO also begun limited user testing and have discussed their plans of expanding this activity in the next few months under the friendly user test.

The company have already activated significant number of sites wherein phone calls and connection to the internet are possible, and have put-up, in various stages of completion, a total of one thousand three hundred (1,300) towers on top of the Common Tower Agreements with Independent Tower Contractors they have secured.

Athough the global pandemic did cause a number of key infrastructure delays as they were approaching peak potential on the roll-out of DITO Telecom, Major Rodolfo Santiago, Chief Technology Officer of DITO confirmed that DITO is prepared for any eventuality by putting in place locally sourced materials needed for the roll-out, but as the situation evolved, even local industries had experienced difficulty in meeting their commitments due to COVID-19 pandemic and the ECQ.

Most of the scheduled material supplies from China such as fiber cables, DC containers, base stations, towers, and telecom ancillaries failed to arrive as scheduled causing delays in the roll-out.

Despite these limitations, more than two hundred fifty (250) tower sites are now operational, integrated and on air, and interim network operation centers are in place to allow limited internet connection and phone calls. The hardest hit during the ECQ was the laying of domestic and submarine cables.

Due to the delay caused by the pandemic, the NTC issued a resolution extending the July 2020 technical audit under the CPCN provisions. Under the current extension, DITO iss given within six months to deliver the commitments for the technical audit requirements-that is to provide a speed of 27 megabits per second to cover 37 percent of the Philippine Population.

Source: DICT

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