DITO Telecommunity said it can register SIM cards of its subscribers in three months.
So far, the Dennis Uy-owned telco said it has hauled in 13 million subscribers to date and declared 15 million is a "doable target" by year-end.
The third telco player also intends to implement Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration "as fast as we can - in three months", Chief Administrative Officer Atty. Adel Tamano told reporters during Saturday's (October 15) launch of Dito's Flagship Experience Store at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
"We can implement the SIM registration ahead of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) at no cost to subscribers," he noted. "DITO will absorb the cost."
"From the time of inception the structure for registration has been included in its system, as part of subscriber onboarding via the multi-purpose DITO app with subscriber data protected by strict privacy guidelines," explained Chief Technology Officer, Retired Major General Rodolfo Santiago.
"However, the storage of biometrics data is assumed to be under the government for security, data privacy and resource optimization, he noted.
"The major challenge I believe all telcos face is in the validation of identity," according to Santiago.
"It will greatly help if both the national ID system and the passport system will be used as the validation of the identity of the subscriber. Doing so will unburden the telcos of the need to establish another data base to store biometrics data, which would be time consuming and resource heavy," he maintained.