Dito signs interconnection deal with other telcos ahead of rollout

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) — Weeks before its expected commercial rollout, Dito Telecommunity has inked agreements with fellow telco players on the establishment of infrastructure interconnecting their subscribers.

In a disclosure to the local bourse Tuesday morning, PLDT Inc. confirmed having signed a deal with the Dennis Uy-owned telecommunications network on the construction of a facility interconnecting their subscribers.

The telco giant, which also has Smart Communications as a wholly owned subsidiary, will take care of the construction and management of the facility.

“[I]t's an interconnection agreement, so that their subscribers can call our subscribers and our subscribers can call their subscribers,” said Dito chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago in a virtual briefing later in the day, revealing they also inked a deal with Globe Telecom Inc. on interconnectivity among subscribers.

"It's just a simple interconnection. It's mandated by government that interconnection between and among the telco providers has to be established," he explained.

Santiago likewise noted that infrastructure for interconnections with Smart and Globe are already being built and tested, adding they hope these will be established within March.

“We're talking to some other telcos that may not even be mobile service providers to establish the interconnection,” said the Dito official, adding they are also in talk with landline service providers.

Dito eyes a commercial rollout by March 8, but this will only be in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao. The telco expects to make services available nationwide by June.

CNN Philippines correspondent Melissa Lopez contributed to this report.