By Chito Chavez
An official of the third telco firm Dito Telecommunity Corporation on Thursday assured that the company will comply with strict government regulations in its operation.
In a press briefing in Quezon City, Dito chief administrative officer Adel Tamano assured that the network will be ready in July, 2021 to operate as ordered by the government.
Tamano’s assurance was made on the heels of last Wednesday’s inspection conducted by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) officials on the tower of Dito Telecommunity Corporation in Quezon City.
To recall, DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II stressed that the third telco company Dito may face sanctions if it fails to start operations in 2021.
He said that the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) and radio frequencies may be recalled by the government if DTC fails to comply with the requirement.
The Dito Telecommunity Corporation received its CPCN from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in July 2019 to operate as the country’s third major telco.
Dito, formerly Mislatel Consortium, is composed of Udenna Corp. of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy, its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc., China Telecommunications Corp., and Mindanao Islamic Telephone.
The government will scrutinize in July if Dito has established its 1,600 telecommunications towers and if the telco can cover 37 percent of the population with 27 megabits per second speed.
Honasan said that aside from the cancellation of its CPCN and frequencies, the government will also confiscate the P25.7 billion performance bond of Dito if it doesn’t live up to its promise.
“There is also a penalty of P10.7 billion in the second year, P8 billion in third year, P5.3 billion in fourth year, and P2.7 billion in fifth year. Ang pamahalaan sisiguruhin na idi-deliver ng Dito ang ipinangakong 55-mbps internet speed at 80 percent coverage of population within the five-year period (The government will ensure that Dito can deliver its promised 55 mbps internet speed at 80 percent coverage of population within the five year period),’’ said Honasan.