DITO Telecoms entry prompted Smart, Globe to improve signal: Former DICT official

There’s no denying that competition is beneficial to any business. Existing players enhance their game to stay competitive as new competitors enter the market, benefiting consumers.

This also applies to the telecoms industry in the Philippines. Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. remarked in an interview that DITO Telecommunity, as the third telco pushed incumbent operators Smart Communications and Globe Telecom to up their game.

According to Eliseo, in just three years, DITO has committed to covering 70% of the territories covered by Globe and Smart.

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

Rio went on to say that the “unstable signal” experienced by early DITO users is part of the company’s “birth pains” and will be resolved as soon as possible. Concerns regarding cybersecurity, which raise the possibility that the China-backed firm could be used as a spying tool, will also be addressed.

For the sake of consumers’ interests and national security, the previous USEC encouraged DITO to hire a US-based cybersecurity firm.

President Duterte recently signed a law that extends DITO’s franchise for another 25 years. DITO services must be “satisfactory at all times,” according to Duterte.

DITO is now available in 100 cities around the Philippines and operates on an increasing number of devices as of this writing. Because DITO uses innovative technology to improve the country’s communication services ostensibly, device compatibility is critical.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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