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DITO’s entry pushed Smart and Globe to improve their signal, former DICT exec says

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There’s no denying that competition is good for any industry. As new contender comes, existing players improve their game to stay competitive, benefiting consumers.

This also applies to the Philippines’ telecommunications industry. In an interview, former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said that DITO Telecommunity‘s arrival as the third telco pushed existing players Smart Communications and Globe Telecom to improve their game.

Eliseo added that DITO has committed to reach 70% of the areas that Globe and Smart cover in just three years.

“And in the 4th year lalagpas na sila (DITO).. makikita ninyo ang Globe, tatapatan na rin yun.. ‘yun ang nakikita naming competitive activities,”

Eliseo Rio Jr., former DICT USEC

Rio added that the “unstable signal” that initial DITO subscribers reported are part of the company’s “birth pains” and shall be addressed right away. Concerns about cybersecurity, which suggests that the China-backed company can be used as a spying device, will be addressed as well.

The former USEC advised by saying that DITO should hire a US-based company for its cybersecurity for users’ interest and national security.

Recently, President Duterte signed a law renewing DITO’s franchise for another 25 years. Duterte demands that DITO services should be”satisfactory at all times”.

As of writing, DITO is now available in 100 cities across the Philippines and works on a growing number of smartphones. Device compatibility is crucial since DITO uses advanced technology to apparently improve the country’s communication services.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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  1. Because these two SOB’s see the potential of DITO. They will not spend and upgrade their systems if they think the 3rd telco player has only like a cent on their eyes. I can’t wait to see DITO eat at least 45% of the telco market.