There’s a new player in the field of Philippine telecommunications — DITO.
Established by Udenna Corporation and China Telecom, DITO is now the third telecommunication company to enter the market.
The other two telecom operators are PLDT and Globe Telecom.
This came after President Rodrigo Duterte sought to dismantle the duopoly of the two telecommunications giants and to give Filipino people better internet services.
Philippines is presently ranked 111th in the world for internet speed, according to data from an Ookla 2020 report.
Many speculate that Duterte’s patience with existing telcos was beginning to wear thin, which led him to threaten their closure should services not improve.
“Don’t make us wait 10 years for services other countries are enjoying. Go and look for capital. If you are not ready to improve, I might as well close all of you,” he said.
Today DITO has finally launched its services to the market, available in 15 areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
DITO’s goals are to deliver an average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second and cover 37% of the country’s population after its first year of operations.
It plans for a nationwide rollout by mid-2021, with the company offering LTE and later 5G services.