Dito Telecommunity Corp. has passed the technical audit of its network, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said on Monday, citing the results of the audit conducted by RG Manabat & Co.
The regulatory body said the audit firm found Dito has reached its initial coverage commitment of 37.03 percent of the population, after delivering a coverage rate of 37.48 percent. This means that Dito’s network covers a total of 8,860 barangays or about 37 million Filipinos.
Likewise, Dito, according to the audit firm, recorded minimum average broadband speeds of 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G. Those that are near the base stations had faster speeds of 102.4 Mbps for 4G and 769.1 Mbps for 5G.
Subscribers that are far from the base stations registered minimum average speeds of 64.4 Mbps for 4G and 316.5 Mbps for 5G.
Dito committed to provide a minimum average board band speed of 27 Mbps for its first year of operations.
RG Manabat & Co. determined the coverage rate by simulation using a propagation model software, while it used stratified sampling for the speed testing.
“It should be noted that there are still no subscribers in the network at this time. Dito is scheduled to launch commercially [in] March 2021. Dito’s entry in the market is a welcome development in the telco industry. A healthier competition within the industry fulfills President Duterte’s promise to the Filipino people of better telco service thru cheaper prices and improved Internet speed,” the NTC said.
When sought for comment, a Dito representative said the company will make a statement on Tuesday.
The month-long technical audit was a requirement it agreed to when it won the third telco license in 2018.
Dito is investing P150 billion for its foray into the telecommunications industry. The amount is being used to build telco infrastructure, of which 1,900 towers have already been constructed, 12,000 kilometers of cable laid, and 1,500 base stations deployed.
This year, Dito has programmed over P50 billion in capital expenditures to further expand its network and meet the commitments it made during the bidding for the third telco license. The Dennis A. Uy-led company has committed to spend P257 billion in capital outlays within the first five years of its operations to deliver an average speed of 55 Mbps to 84 percent of the country’s population.