DITO and PLDT officially signed an interconnection deal for fixed and wireless subscribers.
PLDT Inc. on Tuesday said that it officially signed an interconnection deal with the third major telecommunications company DITO Telecommunity.
This, as PLDT Inc. told the stock exchange that the said deal include the construction of a transmission facility that would serve as the point of interconnection for subscribers.
According to PLDT, it will establish and manage the facility which will operate as the “primary physical interface” for both companies.
The interconnection hub, according to PLDT, would give DITO some needed connectivity requirements which would benefit fixed and wireless subscribers.
“During this pandemic, technology has been a lifeline for our customers so we want to make sure that our connectivity is solid in helping our fellow Filipinos and the entire nation during these critical times. We thank DITO for this partnership and I am looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” said PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio.
The planned facility was expected to be completed by the end of March 2021 and DITO was also set to launch commercially next month.
DITO chairman and CEO Dennis Uy said that DITO knew from day one that they needed to work hand-in-hand with the pioneers of the telco industry like PLDT in order for them to deliver their commitment to the Filipino, adding that he would like to express his gratitude to everyone in making the interconnection agreement between PLDT and DITO possible.
Earlier, PLDT Inc., Globe Telecom, and DITO Telecommunity agreed to establish a clearing house in order to implement phone number portability.
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gringo Honasan earlier said that the Philippine government was also encouragng telecommunications companies to take full advantage of its common towers initiative.
Meanwhile, the National Telecommunications Commission on Monday said that DITO Telecommunity passed its first technical audit after breaching its internet speed and population coverage commitment for its first year.
According to the independent audit result, DITO Telecommunity registered a minimum broadband speed of 507.5 Mbps for its 5G service, and 85.9 Mbps minimum speed for its 4G service.