DITO works around coronavirus impact on China Telecom

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Posted at Feb 21 2020 12:04 PM | Updated as of Feb 21 2020 12:23 PM

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MANILA - Third telco DITO is looking for alternate sources of equipment and technology to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on its partner, China Telecom, its spokesman said Friday.

There "is some delay" in sourcing materials such as fiber, equipment and technology from China due to the COVID-19 outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, DITO Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano told DZMM. 

DITO, a consortium of Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp and Chelsea Logistics with China Telecom, is "leaning heavily" on its Chinese partner for technology, Tamano earlier said.

"We are finding solutions, we are looking for alternative sources... We are going to do this rollout no matter what," he said.

Companies globally have been dealing with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that slowed tourism, trade and aviation due to restricted travel and extensive quarantine policies. 

DITO will test its network with the "first call" this May, while its equipment network will be audited during a technical launch in July. A "stress test" will be conducted in September, ahead of the official commercial launch in March 2021.