DITO Telcom to complete 1300 cell towers by October 2020


Dito Telecommunity Corporation, the third telecommunication player in the country, is expecting to finish the construction of 1,300 cell towers by October 2020.

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced earlier in July that it had approved the appeal of the telecommunications firm to extend its technical audit, which the latter said did not affect its technical runs.

The NTC has moved Dito’s technical audit to January 7 next year instead of its July 8 schedule.

In Dito’s certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) it stated that during its first year of operations, it must meet a target coverage of 37% of the country’s population and a speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps).

Dito’s Chief Technology Officer Rodolfo D. Santiago said that of the 1,300 required cell sites, around 300 have already been completed and can run as a network. In contrast, 500 have towers erected but are yet to have support facilities installed.

These sites are self-built and located on private properties.

Moreover, Santiago said they aim to complete the construction of the target sites by October.

Dito has already conducted some technical tests, albeit internally, since March. These tests could have been done in public if not for the lockdown, the company noted.

Here’s a list of provinces and cities with existing DITO towers as of August 31.

  1. Cagayan de Oro City
  2. Quezon City
  3. Legazpi City
  4. Davao del Sur
  5. Tagum City
  6. General Santos City
  7. Mati City
  8. Davao Oriental
  9. Tacurong
  10. Koronadal City
  11. Polomolok, South Cotabato
  12. Cotabato City
  13. Bustos, Bulacan
  14. Cebu City
  15. Bogo City
  16. San Marcelino, Zambales
  17. Bacolod City
  18. Iloilo City
  19. Iligan City
  20. Manila
  21. Caloocan
  22. Davao City
  23. Zamboanga City
  24. Taguig City
  25. Pasig
  26. Paranaque
  27. Mindoro
  28. Alaminos
  29. Angeles City
  30. Bacoor City
  31. Batangas City
  32. Butuan City
  33. Cabuyao City
  34. Cavite City
  35. Dipolog City
  36. Dumaguete City
  37. Gapan City
  38. Iriga City
  39. Lapu-Lapu City
  40. Makati
  41. Malabon
  42. Marikina
  43. Ormoc City
  44. Ozamiz City
  45. Pasay City

On September 7, the House of Representatives has approved the 25-year franchise bid of DITO with 240 affirmative votes and only seven negative votes.

“The franchise shall be extended and in effect for a period of 25 years from its expiration on April 24, 2023, unless sooner revoked or cancelled. This franchise shall be deemed ipso facto revoked in the event the grantees fail to operate continuously for two years,” the bill reads.

Dito, owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis A. Uy, has allotted P150 billion for capital expenditure to start operations as the country’s third telecommunications player.