Tuesday, February 23, DITO Telecommunity would launch commercially on March 8 starting in Mindanao and Visayas.
Dito officials said the commercial rollout will be done in waves, opening first in 17 cities and municipalities, including Davao City and Cebu City.
The first phase of the launch will be in Mindanao, a “sentimental” decision to honor the company’s origin, Tamano said during a virtual press conference. The telco was initially called Mislatel or Mindanao Islamic Telephone before being renamed as DITO.
“We want the public to know that on March 8 of this year, we will be having our commercial launch and it is going to be launched in waves … We are going to start first in Mindanao. Our initial commercial rollout will be Mindanao and Visayas,” DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano said.
“And then as we move on in waves we will of course within the year we will already be offering our services in NCR, Luzon, and the rest of the Philippines,” he said.
On March 8, Dito will start selling its SIM cards in about 20 stores in the Visayas and Mindanao. The 3rd telco player was assigned the mobile number prefixes 0991, 0992, 0993, 0994, 0895, 0896, 0897, and 0898.
Tamano added that online distribution will be available “a few weeks after” the March 8 launch.
Meanwhile, PLDT Inc. signed an agreement with DITO 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 Chief Executive Al Panlilio emphasized how “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 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,” he said.
Through PLDT’s technology and expertise, the interconnection hub will deliver the inter-carrier requirements of DITO which will benefit all fixed and wireless subscribers of PLDT and DITO by enabling them to communicate and connect to all the services needed.
PLDT has been heavily investing in its network and expanding its coverage to serve more businesses and consumers, both in the country and abroad.