Technical audit for Dito Telecom's committed service starts

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(CNN Philippines, January 7) — Dito Telecommunity, the challenger to the Globe-PLDT duopoly, is optimistic it can meet its committed level of services as the technical audit officially started on Thursday.

The group, backed by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and state-run China Telecommunications, said it already sent a document to the National Telecommunications Commission or NTC, informing the latter of its readiness for the first annual audit of its services.

For the first year, the startup telco has vowed to deliver a minimum average internet speed of 27 Mbps and cover 37% of the population.

"For the past months, amid the difficulties posed by the current pandemic, Dito has made great strides in the roll-out to ensure the results of the audit will be positive," its chief administrative officer Adel Tamano was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday.

Dito tapped R.G. Manabat & Co., an affiliate of international audit firm KPMG, for the technical audit.

The independent auditor was chosen from the latest list of accredited auditing firms under Group A of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, and appointed in accordance with the procedure under the rules and regulation on the selection process of the new major player.

R.G. Manabat & Co. is tasked to conduct a 30-day field test, and another 15 days to prepare the final report.

According to Dito, the auditor would focus on a percentage of the identified 1,600 sites that cover 8,800 barangays in the country.

Tamano said while the technical audit would last for a month, he brushed off worries of a delay in their commercial launch.

"As I have said before, Dito Telecommunity is poised to finally offer its services to the Filipino people in March, world class connectivity that they truly deserve, as we launch commercially," he said.