PLDT, DITO sign interconnect deal

Published February 23, 2021, 9:41 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

PLDT Inc. and telco newcomer DITO Telecommunity Corporation today, Feb. 23, announced they have forged a deal to construct a transmission facility interconnecting their subscribers.

Their interconnection hub will be completed by end of next month, in time for the commercial operations of DITO.

Under the agreement, PLDT will establish and manage the interconnection facility operating as the primary physical interface for both companies.

“It is important for us that we establish this interconnection capability between PLDT-Smart and the customers of DITO to make sure that our customers are able to communicate,” stressed PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO Al Panlilio.

“During this pandemic, technology has been a lifeline for our customers so we want to make sure that our connectivity is solid in helping our fellow Filipinos and the entire nation during these critical times,” he added.

The interconnection hub will deliver the intercarrier requirements of DITO and benefit all fixed and wireless subscribers of both telcos.

“As the country’s third player, DITO knew from day one that in order for us to deliver our commitment to the Filipino, we needed to work hand-in-hand with the pioneers of the telco industry like PLDT,” remarked DITO Telecommunity Chairman and CEO Dennis Uy during the virtual signing of their agreement.