DITO can meet third telco deadlines despite coronavirus: official

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Posted at Mar 03 2020 04:10 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2020 04:39 PM

DITO can meet third telco deadlines despite coronavirus: official 1
DITO Telecommunity's chief technology officer Retired Mj Gen. Rodolfo Santiago speaks during a briefing at their headquarters in Taguig City on Feb. 20, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- Third telco DITO has "everything" to meet its commitments, even as the coronavirus outbreak in China, where its partner is based, is a "possible" cause of delay, an official said Tuesday.

The joint venture between tycoon Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp and China Telecom pledged to put in place up to 37 percent coverage with 27 mbps data speed by July. It was set up to challenge the dominance of PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom.

"The COVID-19 issue is a possible cause of any delay that may occur. However we in DITO have enacted measures to ensure that we meet our deadlines," chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago said in a statement.

"We in DITO have no cause to invoke force majeure as we have everything that we need in place to comply with our commitments," he said. Force majeure refers to acts of nature.

As of February, DITO built 600 of the 1,600 towers it committed to set up by July.

The consortium is looking for alternatives as there has been "some delay" in sourcing materials due to the coronavirus outbreak, chief administrative officer Adel Tamano earlier said. 

DITO should begin commercial operations by March 2021 as stated in its license to operate.