DITO Telecommunity bolsters footprint with 17 more covered areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 28) — Third telco player DITO Telecommunity has strengthened its reach in the telecommunications sector with more areas now commercially covered by its mobile services.

In a statement on Thursday, the new player said its mobile services are now present in 140 cities across the Philippines.

“Following our June 12 announcement of DITO being commercially available in 123 cities as a means to commemorate the 123rd Independence Day celebration, we are pleased to inform everyone that we have added 17 new areas as of June 30," DITO chief administrative officer Adel Tamano was quoted as saying in the statement.

The new covered areas are as follows:

- Gen. Mamerto, Nueva Ecija

- Rizal, Nueva Ecija

- Amadeo, Cavite

- Indang, Cavite

- Mendez, Cavite

- Padre Garcia, Batangas

- Rosario, Batangas

- San Juan, Batangas

- Silay City Negros Occidental

- Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

- Talisayan, Misamis Oriental

- Manticao, Misamis Oriental

- Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental

- Medina, Misamis Oriental

- Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental

- Binuangan, Misamis Oriental

- Balingoan, Misamis Oriental

The new player—backed by its chairman and CEO Dennis Uy and state-run China Telecommunications—vowed to provide an average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second, covering 37 percent of the country's population for its first year of operations.

The group is slated to face another technical audit this July when it needs to meet the committed 51% coverage and average internet speed of 55 Mbps for its second year of operations.

During a virtual briefing on June 11, DITO chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago said that the telco firm was already in the final stages of preparation for the next audit.

Tamayo, at that time, admitted that while DITO Telecommunity is challenging the industry giants PLDT and Globe Telecom, developments on its network buildup as well as the traction it sees from Filipino consumers fuel the group's desire to corner at least 30% of the market.

READ: DITO sees hitting 1M subscribers, to be 'more aggressive' vs telco duopoly starting late 2021

Just last June 16, DITO was able to grow its subscriber base to one million, three months after its commercial launch.