With the goal of extending its reach to the hard-to-service areas in the Philippines, DITO Telecommunity is asking the support of local government units (LGUs) to make the plan possible, per company executives in an announcement.
Open to any plausible option to render the possibility, DITO Chief Technology Officer Rodolfo D. Santiago, during a press briefing, says that the telco is already in speaking terms with LGUs on “whatever scheme” that can be explored.
In an honest remark, Santiago admits that trying to put up an infrastructure in said challenging areas, such as an island municipality with little population to service, would not be commercially viable.
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The exec specifically highlights the higher cost involved in the feat or the investment it takes per tower, which sets as a stumbling block for the company that is promised to cover at least third-quarter of the country’s entire population before the year ends.
Apart from the tower that plays a critical role in its service, the CAO also claims that additional technologies like satellites are necessary to reach the remote areas of the nation.
Currently sitting at 5,500 towers, DITO still falls short of the planned 7,500 towers it requires to cover at least 70 percent of the Filipino people.