NTC: 3rd telco Dito passes 1st tech audit

Published February 22, 2021, 7:51 PM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) today (February 22, 2021) announced that Dito Telecommunity Corporation passed its first technical audit.

The third telco even surpassed the required minimum average broadband speed set at 27 megabits per second (Mbps), according to independent auditor KPMG RG Manabat & Co.

Dito registered an average speed of 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G.

The independent auditor also recorded Dito’s speed near the base station at 102.4 Mbps for 4G and 769.1 Mbps for 5G.

At the middle point, the telco logged a speed of 91.2 Mbps for 4G and 437.1 Mbps for 5G.

Far from base station, Dito registered a speed of 64.4 Mbps for 4G and 316.5 Mbps for 5G.

However, NTC pointed out that the audit was made despite the fact that Dito has no subscribers yet.

Auditor KPMG RG Manabat employed stratified random sampling to select 12 per cent of Dito’s 1,602 cell sites for testing.

The auditor also noted that Dito is compliant in terms of its coverage commitment.

Its network covered 37.48 per cent of the country’s population, or 37.8 million people (of 101 million) spanning 8,860 barangays.

Dito’s certificate of public convenience requires it to serve 37 per cent of the population for its first year of operations.

The third telco is slated to start commercial operations next month.

“Dito’s entry in the market is a welcome development in the telco industry,” according to the NTC statement.

“A healthier competition within the industry fulfills President Duterte’s promise to the Filipino people of better telco service through cheaper prices and improved internet speed,” the NTC concluded.