DITO Telecommunity Corp., a joint venture of businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom, signed an agreement with the League of Municipalities to provide a dedicated nationwide fiber network to directly connect the different towns across the country.
DITO chief administrative officer Adel Tamano said the deal would allow each and every municipality to provide beyond the standard free Wi-Fi hotspots.
“The effort significantly affords Filipinos even in the smallest of municipalities the advanced applications that can be driven through the private network such as direct video for conferencing or security, public broadcast exchange, e-Education, e-Medicine, e-Permits, Internet of Things, IP PBX, VoIP; among other things, to better live-up to the promise of delivering the kind of connectedness and community that Filipinos long for,” Tamano said.
“The mayors have committed to ensure ease of doing business in their respective municipalities to drive the extensive DITO roll-out, in exchange, DITO will enable better collaboration and communication in the future through connectivity for all,” he said.
LMP president and incumbent Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson said, “We are making ourselves future-ready.”
“In other developed countries, governments already have their own private networks, and in the Philippines, there have been several attempts, but now with this DITO-supported initiative, and the support of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Office of the President, our municipalities will be connected real-time through its own private network,” he said.
Singson said many of the municipalities had limited internet services because of their lower population.
“With the commitment of DITO to connect all the municipalities via a dedicated fiber line, we are on the verge of something big, benefiting especially those in out-of-reach places like the farmers, the workers at the grassroots level who can now offer their local produce and services more immediately to the rest of the country or to the world, boosting greatly local economy up to the municipality level,” Singson said.
DITO Telecommunity received its certificate of public convenience and necessity from the National Telecommunications Commission in July 2019 to operate as the third major telco.
The company committed to improve the country’s telecommunications capability within five years by increasing the basic internet speed to 55 megabits per second and covering more than 80 percent of the country’s population.