Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is optimistic that internet connectivity in the coming months will improve with the strengthened implementation of government connectivity programs and roll-out of telecommunications players of their programs.

(PHOTO: DICT)

“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. With the private sector investing in digital infrastructure to upgrade the competitiveness of the Philippines, we hope to attract more opportunities, create more jobs, and generally improve the lives of our countrymen,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan 2nd said during DITO Telecommunity’s commercial roll-out on March 8, 2021.

“The DICT is continuously coordinating with the NTC (National Telecomunications Commission) in monitoring the roll-out plans of all telco players following the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for telcos to improve their services amid the new normal,” Honasan added.

Last February 23, the NTC reported that the third major telco, DITO Telecommunity, had submitted the technical audit conducted by the Independent Auditor R.G. Manabat & Co. in fulfillment of its commitments for its first year of roll-out.

DITO’s first year commitments, as indicated in its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) 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 million 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 were at 85.9 Mbps (4G) and 507.5 Mbps (5G).

DITO Telecommunity received its CPCN from NTC in July 2019 to operate as the third major telco alongside PLDT/Smart and Globe Telecom.

DITO’s March 8 roll-out include areas 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).Based on DITO’s commitment, their services as the new major player in the telco industry can be expected to be available nationwide by mid-2021. SOVEREIGNPH

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