PLDT and new comer DITO Telecommunity are now partners, recently entering an agreement for the construction of a transmission facility that will serve as the point of interconnection to benefit both their subscribers.
Under the agreement, PLDT will establish and manage the interconnection facility that will operate as the primary physical interface for the two telcos.
PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO Al Panlilio emphasized importance of establishing this interconnection capability between PLDT-Smart and DITO subscribers, as mandated by the NTC.
“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. We thank DITO for this partnership and I am looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” Panlilio added.
PLDT’s technology and expertise will be put to work asthe interconnection hub is set to deliver the intercarrier requirements of DITO which will benefit all fixed and wireless subscribers of both PLDT and DITO by enabling them to communicate and connect to all the services needed.
The planned facility is expected to be completed by end-March in time for the commercial operations of DITO.
DITO Telecommunity Chairman and CEO Dennis Uy shared during the virtual signing how DITO would need to work with other telco players like PLDT for them to deliver their commitment to Filipinos.
From 2015 to 2019, PLDT has invested over Php 260 million in capital expenditures. For 2021, the telco group is prepared to invest between Php 88 billion and Php 92 billion to further improve its fixed line and mobile services.
Since July 2020, PLDT-Smart was able to secure over 2,500 permits to build more cell sites, on top of the 4,000 secured by PLDT.
PLDT has the most extensive fiber infrastructure in the country, comprised of more than 429,000 kilometers as of December 2020.