The Philippines deserves cheaper and faster telco services, according to the Chinese envoy.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said that the Philippines deserves cheaper and faster telecommunication services.
In a report on Manila Bulletin, the entry of DITO Telecommunity could contribute to a “healthier” telecommunications industry and could help deliver faster and affordable services in the Philippines.
As he welcomed the DITO telco project in the Philippines, the ambassador said in a Facebook post that the Philippines deserved cheaper and faster telecommunication services.
According to the ambassador, the DITO Telecommunity had started commercial services in certain parts of the country early this month and would commence operations in Metro Manila soon.
The ambassador said that he’s glad to see the telecom industry in the Philippines improving impressively in the past few years as DITO had played its part in the process.
Once fully completed, the ambassador said that the DITO telecommunications project could bring “better welfare” to Filipinos especially as people have leaned on telcos for work and education during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It could also contribute to a healthier telecom industry by providing more competitive options and playing its role in solving major internet issues. This good news comes at an opportune time where virtual communication, work-from-home schemes, and online schooling are more important than ever,” he said.
The ambassador made the statement after the Senate approved a bill renewing the franchise of DITO Telecommunity for another 25 years on the third and final reading and the said bill will be transmitted to Malacañang for the President’s approval.
DITO Telecommunity, formerly known as Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company Inc. (MISLATEL), was led by a consortium of Udenna Corp. and Chelsea Logistics with China Telecom.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the entry of a third telecommunications carrier in the Philippines in order to break the duopoly of Globe Telecom and PLDT-Smart Communications amidst widespread complaints deploring their poor services.
The President also previously warned the telecommunications companies to improve their services or risk facing shutdown.