Dito Is All Set For Its First Audit
In an announcement released on Thursday, Telecommunications startup Dito Telecommunity said it expects to pass the mandated audit of its network that begins this week. This will its first official test to gauge Dito’s capabilities after the company sought a six-month extension from the original July 2020 deadline after its rollout was delayed by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Dito said that it notified the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that they are ready for the technical audit on Jan. 7. This test will determine whether Dito can meet its first-year commitment, which is to cover 37 percent of the country’s population and provide a minimum average internet speed of 27 megabits per second. The said will be completed within 30 days and another 15 days will be allotted for its final report.
Independent auditor R.G. Manabat & Co. will conduct the test in “various areas.” A percentage of 1,600 cell sites covering 8,800 barangays will be tested, according to up and coming telco.
Dito chief administrative officer Adel Tamano said in a statement that amid the difficulties posed by the global pandemic in the past months, they have made great strides in the rollout to ensure that the results of the audit will be positive. He added that the company still intends to follow its intended launch schedule, which is March 2021.
Dito has now entered the second year since it was awarded its license by the government. This means its next technical audit will happen in July this year. By then, they’re supposed to meet 51 percent coverage of the country’s population and offer 55 Mbps as a minimum average internet speed.
Dito’s earlier commitment was to cover 84 percent of the country’s population with a minimum average internet speed of 55 Mbps by 2024.