Basic insights of DITO Telecom in the Philippines

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I’ve been following DITO since it was announced in the 4th quarter of 2020. And it’s been trending in the stock market for the time being. DITO is formerly the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel) and it is partnered with China Telecommunication Corp. with 40% shares. They just launched March 8, 2021 their welcome offer of unlimited data for 30 days. I am curious about how it can compete to end the monopoly of two giant data networks Globe and PLDT in the Philippines. If they provide good quality services as they claimed, it will lower the cost of data connection to give the consumer better options.

What offer DITO can give that differs from Globe and PLDT?
DITO spokesperson said they are using a stand-alone 5G technology which is more reliable and can provide a faster connection to the consumer.

DITO Sim card limitation:
The DITO SIM card only works with select DITO compatible VoLTE mobile phones as DITO uses next generation technology.

What is VoLTE?
Voice over Long-Term Evolution is a high-speed wireless communication standard for mobile phones and data terminals, including Internet of things devices and wearables. VoLTE has up to three times more voice and data capacity than older 3G UMTS and up to six times more than 2G GSM. Wikipedia

Supported Mobile Phones:

MyPhone MyT6S MyWX2 MyWX2 Pro MyX1 Plus MyXI1 Plus MyX1 Pro MyX12 MyXI3
Huawei Nova 7 Mate 30 Mate 20 Mate 30 Pro Mate 30 Pro 5G Mate 40 Mate 40 Pro Nova 7 SE Nova 7i P40 P30 Pro P30 P40 Pro Y7a Y7p Y9 Prime 2019
Oppo A12 A53 A31 A52 A53 4GB A92 Reno 3 Pro Reno 4 Reno 4z
Samsung S20 S20+ S20 Ultra
TCL Plex
Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Aqua S9 Lite Aqua S9 Max Flare S8 Flare S8 Lite Flare S8 Pro Flare Y20 Flare Y5
Vivo NEX3 X50 Pro Y11 Y19 Y30 Y20i S1 S1 Pro V15 V15 Pro V17 Pro Y17 Y91C V11 V11i X21 Y81 Y85 Y91 Y91i Y95 N

Coverage of Services:
The promo will be available in the following areas:
Metro Cebu – Carcar, Cebu City, Consolacion, Danao, Liloan, Mandaue, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando & Talisay
Metro Davao – Panabo, Tagum, Carmen, Davao City & Digos

Issue of Security Threat:
Asia-Pacific consulting firm CreatorTech, an industry specialist which provides research and advisory services on telecommunications, digital technologies, wireless networks and related topics. They provide a report concerning cybersecurity threat, China Telecom is a fully controlled entity of the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Point of View:
5G technology needs a compatible device to connect and maximize the speed. If you don’t have that device, it will turn into useless. Just like the Globe and PLDT, the coverage of this technology is still limited. They really need to do more upgrade on their equipment to achieve faster and more reliable internet connection to our country.

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