President Duterte granted DITO Telecommunity’s 25-year franchise.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the bill granting DITO Telecommunity a fresh 25-year legislative franchise in the Philippines.
On Tuesday, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11537, renewing the legislative franchise granted to DITO Telecommunity for 25 years.
The said law allowed DITO to “construct, install, establish, operate and maintain for commercial purposes and in the public interest, radio and/or television broadcasting stations” in the country for another 25 years.
It also required DITO to secure licenses and permits for the construction, installation, and operation of its telecommunications systems or facilities from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).
DITO Telecommunity, owned by China Telecom and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp., made its commercial debut in Davao and Cebu last March.
The telecommunications company was a consortium composed of Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics, with China Telecom as its foreign partner.
Lawmakers and experts have expressed concerns that DITO’s facility agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to build cell sites in military camps might compromise the Philippines’ cybersecurity.
DITO Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have dismissed those fears as unfounded.
The Duterte administration had long touted the existence of a third telecommunications company as a solution to slow internet speeds in the Philippines.
DITO Telecommunity had promised to provide users a minimum internet speed of 51Mbps and vowed to cover 51% of the population.
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