3rd telco hurdles technical audit

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    Ahead of its commercial launch next month, third telco DITO Telecommunity Corp. has passed the commitments on its first year of technical audit.

    In a statement, the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) quoted findings of R.G. Manabat & Co. which said DITO’s first year national population coverage reached 37.48 percent or 37,845,315 based on the 2015 national census population of 100,983,124 which is within the requirement of 37.03 percent.

    The reach covered a total of 8,860 barangays.

    The report also indicated the minimum average broadband speed were 85.9 Mbps (4G) and 507.5Mbps (5G). Near the base station registered 102.4Mbps (4G) and 769.1Mbps (5G); middle point registered 91.2Mbps (4G) and 437.1Mbps (5G); and far from the base station registered 64.4Mbps (4G) and 316.5Mbps (5G).

    It should be noted that there are still no subscribers in the network at this time but the audit used simulation softwares to determine the coverage from DITO’s base of operations.

    As part of the issuance of its certificate of public convenience and necessity last July 2019, DITO is expected to deliver its commitments of 37.03 percent national population coverage with a minimum average broadband speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps) in its first year of operation.