Telecommunications company PLDT and telco newcomer Dito have recently entered into an agreement for the construction of a transmission facility that will serve as the point of interconnection for their subscribers.
Under the agreement, PLDT will establish and manage the interconnection facility that will operate as the primary physical interface for both companies.
PLDT chief revenue officer and Smart Communications president and CEO Al Panlilio said “it is important for us that we establish this interconnection capability between PLDT-Smart and the customers of Dito as mandated by the NTC, and principally to make sure that our customers are able to communicate.”
“During this pandemic, technology has been a lifeline for our customers so we want to make sure that our connectivity is solid. We thank Dito for this partnership and I am looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” he added in a press release.
The interconnection hub will deliver the intercarrier requirements of Dito that will benefit all fixed and wireless subscribers 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 “being chosen as the country’s third player, we knew from day 1 that in order for us to deliver our commitment to the Filipinos, we needed to work hand-in-hand with the pioneers of the telco industry.”
PLDT has been heavily investing in its network and expanding its coverage to service more businesses and consumers, both in the country and abroad. Currently, it operates the most expansive fiber optic network among local ISPs reaching over 429,000 kilometers.*