DITO Telco to launch in Cebu on March 8

Globe or PLDT? For years, the Filipino people only had to choose one between two choices but as the third telco player enters the scene, the existing duopoly held by Globe and Smart Communications is about to come to an end.

Who is DITO Telecommunity?

The DITO Telecommunity, or formerly known as Mislatel, is a consortium of Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Logistics Corporation, and China Telecommunications Operation.

In its early days as Mislatel, it failed to start its operations due to its franchise getting revoked. When it won its bid in 2018 as the third major telco player, things started looking up for this new challenger. It was then renamed to DITO Telecommunity; “Dito” being the Filipino word for “here”.

On that same day, President Rodrigo Duterte granted permission for the telco to start operating and it was also awarded by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) with a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – a certificate which allows the company to construct facilities and render their services. 

For their first year of service, their goal is to break the long-standing duopoly between Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, an action which is expected to bring costs down and improve internet speeds nationwide.

They aim to bring over customers onto their side with the promise to provide an average minimum internet speed of 27 megabits per second (mbps) to 37% of the population.

In the succeeding years, they promised to increase it by 55 mbps with at least an 87% coverage. For this to be possible, they committed to build 1,600 towers to provide the needed coverage.

These towers will be sponsored by two of its partner companies – the China Energy Equipment Company Ltd and FIlipino-Malaysian Consortium Zeal Power Constructions and Development Corporation – with a possible expense of about P150 billion for the first year alone.

DITO misses July 8 Technical Launch

DITO Telecommunity’s scheduled public rollout was supposedly last July 2020 but due to difficulties brought about by the pandemic, they weren’t able to meet the requirement of 1,300 towers for the technical launch.

“The COVID-19 [pandemic] and lockdowns prevented us from our full rollout. With the subsequent easing of different lockdown situations, we are doing our best to get back on track so that we can get the 37% [coverage] requirement under our CPC (certificate of public convenience) completed,”

– DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano said, adding that DITO plans to finish 2000 cell sites by the end of the year

According to Section 14 of the bidding terms of reference, DITO is only given two 6-month grace periods within the five-year commitment period to comply.

DITO franchise approval raises concerns on national security

In just less than three months, the House of Representatives, with a vote of 240-7, passed House Bill 7332 which gives DITO a legislative franchise to “construct, establish, install, maintain, and operate wire and/or wireless telecommunications systems in the country” that will last for 25 years after the expiry of its existing franchise in 2023.

This quick approval has faced backlash which resulted in a petition to stop the entry of the China-backed telco and raised concerns about national security.

“We started this petition to the Philippine Congress to stop the entry of Dito Telecommunity into the Philippine telco industry until its risks to the country are thoroughly assessed,” the petition at Change.org reads.

Atty. Adel Tamano clarified in a statement that DITO Telecommunity’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines has the same provisions and commitment to national security as the MOAs signed with PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc.

“May we further remind everyone that as part of the New Major Player selection process, we have submitted our cybersecurity plan during the bidding process to prove that our networks and facilities will not compromise national security and shall abide with the National Cybersecurity Plan,”

– Atty. Adel Tamano, Spokesperson of DITO

“DITO Telecommunity is, first and foremost, a Filipino-owned and managed company and will always look after the interests of the Filipino people. Let me reassure the Filipino public that DITO is steadfast in its commitment to provide world-class telecommunications services,”

Services to offer

The third major telecommunications provider in the Philippines will be offering the following products and services:

  • Mobile prepaid
  • Mobile postpaid
  • Data products and services

DITO executives have repeatedly mentioned they will be offering relatively cheaper rates yet faster internet connectivity.

Launch date

DITO Telecommunity is set to launch commercially in March 8, 2021.

It’s required to cover at least 37 percent of the population and provide a minimum average internet speed of 27 Mbps on its first year.

DITO Telco service stores can also be seen around the major malls in Cebu.

Where to buy the DITO SIM cards in Cebu?

You can buy DITO SIM cards at any of these official outlets in Cebu:

  • SM City Cebu
  • SM City Consolacion
  • SM Seaside City Cebu
  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu
  • Robinsons Cybergate


February 22, 2021 Update

February 22, 2021: The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) confirmed on Monday, February 22, that DITO Telco passed its first technical audit, delivering an average speed of 85.9 Mbps for 4G and 507.5 Mbps for 5G. These are the internet speeds recorded per distance:

  • Near the base station: 102.4 Mbps (4G) and 769.1 Mbps (5G)
  • Middle point: 91.2 Mbps (4G) and 437.1 Mbps (5G)
  • Far from base station: 64.4 Mbps (4G) and 316.5 Mbps (5G)

March 2, 2021 Update

March 2, 2021: DITO Telecommunity announced on March 2 that it will be available in the following VisMin areas including other parts in Cebu staring this March 8, 2021.

Areas in Cebu:

  • Carcar
  • Cebu City
  • Consolacion
  • Danao
  • Liloan
  • Mandaue
  • Minglanilla
  • Naga
  • San Fernando
  • Talisay

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  1. Hello good day mr. Dennis Uy
    I would like to introduce or place and land for lease. I’m from Maloh, Siaton, Neg. Or.., First our place no DITO cell site ang aming signal duon ay minsan mahina even wifi namin po. Second po sa Cebu Camburoy place po. Pls. feel free to contact mi sir lot for lease 1000 -1hectare….Salamat and God bless. #09069544104 or [email protected].

  2. Hello good day mr. Dennis Uy
    I would like to introduce or place and land for lease. I’m from Maloh, Siaton, Neg. Or.., First our place no DITO cell site ang aming signal duon ay minsan mahina even wifi namin po. Second po sa Cebu Camburoy place po. Pls. feel free to contact mi sir lot for lease 1000 -1hectare….Salamat and God bless. #09069544104 or [email protected].

  3. Hello .have a good day DITO admin .baja need nyo po nanga Lugar na lagyan nyo nang tower ?meron po ako sir,ma’am. Sa Mati City Davao Oriental. I hope na matolongan nyo about sir ma’am ito number ko 965 94012792 WhatsApp po ma’am ,sir

  4. Hello DITO I live in Sibonga I have property to lease it has wide area and good soil type It’ll make a good cell tower site email me and we will discuss everything about it thanks

  5. hello I’m Arnold , I would like to suggest a promo for students if this ok . we need a data only than call or text . that well be better for us if you give us a higher data than anything else . Every parents well be happy too because its very practical .thank you and hoping for understanding.

  6. Dear Mr. Dennis Uy,

    Good afternoon and good tidings.

    We humbly would like to be one of your companies corporate give-a-way suppliers.
    When we are fortunate to be given a chance, we can professionally make for your company’s approval, products like jackets, T-shirts and or any type of bags that are sewn with your company name & logo to show our integrity and workmanship following your specifications.
    We also have umbrellas, Sun-Ban auto sunshades and bag trollies with stair climbing wheels and attached folding chair that is a must see to fully appreciate.

    Hoping for your positive understanding and immediate response.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Sincerely in good faith,
    Mr. Ferdinand V. R. Exconde
    MVRV Trading & Activity Center, Inc.
    10 Vienna St., Merville Park Subd.,
    Paranaque City
    (02) 8824-7138
    (02) 8824-9177
    Mobile nos.

  7. Hi DITO” I want you to remember gulfan here in Daanbantayan Cebu. You can choose his lots any parts any where of his place… If you like to contact us here our number.. 09759729337 tm /09682015421 smart
    If you like to contact direct to gulfan* here his #09275066516 globe
    Or email us :[email protected]

    Daghang salamat sugbo. “

  8. My family have an available lot located at Poblacion Barili, Cebu along the highway or National road. It has an area of 433 sq. Meters. It has a mother title, extra judicial partition, tax declaration and license surveyor’s certification. Please contact my number or email me if interested.
    Thank you.

  9. I’ve heard from a reliable source that you need some areas where you wanna construct one of your towers. If you have a plan here in Daanbantayan (Northern Part of CEBU), we have here a vacant lot that has more than enough space for your tower. Feel free to contact 09264029323 or send an email to [email protected] .

  10. Hi good day to all to the admin of DITO company,,, I have a lot for lease measuring a half hectare here in Siquijor which is an overlookng one, I think it is an ideal place to put up a cellsite for DITO. I been complying all the requirements for about 3 months already,,, Im hoping and wishing that my lot will one of the chosen to put up the DITO tower,,, Pls contact this no,,, 09301971583,,,

  11. I’m rather looking forward to trying Dito if the speeds mentioned above are true and if I can achieve those speeds I will be super duper happy

    Been rather pissed off with Globe and it’s poor signal and even I have 4G phone I still get only 3G speeds in the 20s or lower if I can achieve 43Mbps minimum on Dito then I have true LTE as speeds below that is 3G

    I should also be quite lucky as Dito recently installed equipment nearby the antennas are shoved up the side of a veco pole but it’s close so hopefully signals should be super good

  12. Hi DITO Telecom,

    Please consider me i live in CarCar City,Cebu , where to inquire? on how to avail the fibr plan.. please contact me asap 09977415767

    Thank you!

  13. Hi DITO Telecom,

    Please consider me i live in CarCar City,Cebu , where to inquire? on how to avail the fibr plan.. please contact me asap 09977415767

    Thank you!

  14. DITO Telecomunity you’e plan to build tower of purok 3 osmeña, Davao de Oro..
    we are very happy for the plan… please build as soon as possible.. we are ready to transfer on your network God bless

  15. Dear DITO Telecom,

    Good day.

    I own 2 big agricultural lots that I am offering for your future cellsite requirement located at Brgy. Pal-ew, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.

    Please let me know if this qualifies for your requirement.

    Thanks and regards,

  16. Hi From Salcedo Eastern Samar po here is my Number 09955052170…where to submit requirements, need to talk in person …to DITO Telecom…

  17. Hi available lot in Bogo Cebu , near globe and smart towers
    Also available in Ilihan Tabogon, near hiway and school


    I write this letter not for lot leasing but for the future possible business to open if the lot acquisition, tower erection is already done.
    I just want to know if the company is open for the distributorship program for us to apply. What we need for now is the information regarding on how to apply and where to submit the requirements if its open to all. If open we are aiming to to partner with DITO in Leyte and Negros preferably. Hopefully I could get the info the sooner the better.
    I’m looking forward for your kind response on this matter.

    Thank you so much and God Bless….,

    Sincerely yours,


  19. Hello to all concerned,

    Good day Sir/Ma’am…Samar area internet connection ay kasumpa sumpa, sana naman po sa 2nd Phase ng expansion nyo mapasama po ang province namin sa SAMAR lalong lalo napo ang GAMAY Town🙏 please.

    Uncle ko po Mayor doon pero di nya kami kilala😜 pero sana mapansin nyo po ang Gamay Samar sa expansion nyo🙏🙏👍

  20. Greetings!
    Good Day
    Dito Telecommunity
    Just wanna ask if the company still looking for a lot to be leased for the
    Tower Site constuction in cebu? What are the specific requirements for applying? We have lot area of 1000sq.mtrs located in brgy looc danao city cebu, where internet and mobile connections are a great problem.hoping for a positive response about this
    Thank you and more power

  21. DITO TEL…. Good pm. We have a lot here in Cebu Carcar, with the exact measurement of 1, 000 sqm….TWO LOT AVAILABLE…ME I KNOW WHAT IS THE REQUIREMENTS? bec. i need to for the sake of my hospital bill…..thnks….my cell num 09169430095

  22. .sa Davao del sur ingun nava na, wa man lags, hangtud Ron sa bansalan wa gyud nitubo nga tower sa Dito. Hagbay ramig Pabst ang manager nga Nagdala ngadto wa gyuy update.

    • Please contact me in case you will reach Negros Oriental, I really need internet connection nga stable, you can call me 09461435698,

  23. Hi Sir . Happy to hear DITO Tel . And I do believe , my hometown in the province of Antique will be more develop and progressive if we got one .
    I’ll be greatful if you choose my piece of land for lease of 30 yrs period as best suited in the community .
    Details or paperworks are ready for your evaluation but I/we dont know where , whom and how to submit .
    Please contact tel # (0044) 07982930285 .
    Thank you .

    • Good day, f ur looking for lot in basak ,cebu city i have 2 areas 278sqm and 200sqm .perfect for satellite..just pm me 09236848623/09155460380.thanks!!!!!

  24. Dito telco..
    Sir my concern not about lot renting, my concern if you are looking transportation car…i have innova 2.8 brand new if you want to rent it very affordable price just sent me mssg or call this number mandaue city cebu….#09959654947
    Thank you God bless us

  25. My name is Mequias Albastro, I am from Brgy Pondol
    Hinunnangan So. Leyte and I have a land situated in brgy. Matinao in the same municipality which is near the school. I want it lease for a cell tower please contact me if you are interested at 09218737017.

    Thank you very much,
    Mequias Albastro

  26. Hello DITO Telecommunications.
    Good day.

    If your company is planning to operate at Maasin City, Southern Leyte. I have a Lot Located at Brgy. Rizal, Maasin City, So Leyte with an area of 1,702 sqm. If interested, kindly contact me at 0932-3453257.

    Thank you and have a nice day.

  27. Hi, good day DITO-Telecommunication may I know whats the status of my application since it was submitted by my agent end of August 2020 , the said cite area is located at Ibabao Perrelos Carcar City Cebu.
    My contact No. CP 09420739424: LL (32)4878008






  29. Hi DITO! We have an available lot for rent at Tuyan, Naga, Cebu. Area is about 1,500 sq m. Location is about 500m from the main road and has a right of way. Expecting your reply. Thank you. Contact number: 0921-2367693

  30. I know that DITO still have an ongoing construction of their towers. And hopefully, very soon, you also build towers in the southern portion of Cebu where internet and signal connection is a great problem. It is a big problem because, those who are working in the city have always experiencing the bad phone call signal and internet connection, we always experienced difficulty in reaching our direct and immediately family from time to time especially in emergency cases.

  31. How about in Naga Cebu. I have 6886 sq. Meter of lot there. That is south of cebu. Maybe you are interested. Its location is Cantao-an, Naga, Cebu. You can put your tower their since the Cebu Naga-Danao expressy is on going. For the future po.

    • Sir.. Good pm. I am interested for applying and for lease of the lot.. We have a lot here in Cebu Carcar, with the exact measurement of 1, 800 sqm.. Thank you and More Power
      . 09679263692 /09438561292

    • * Hi good morning to all DITO Admin,,, I am from Siquijor , Siquijor, I have a lot measuring more than 1/2 hectare. It is an overlooking place which an ideal place for a cellsite or tower to put up. How i wish and hoping that my property is one of the chosen one, Ive been complying already the requirements needed sir,,, We will be glad if my request will be answered on Gods will and blessings,, Pls contact me on this no, 09301971583,,, Thanks a lot sir,,,

    • Hi! I have a 1hectar lot here in Basak,Sibonga Cebu. Just wanna ask if you are still looking for a lot.. And i’m willing to apply for it.

      • Good day to all i have a land located at himayangan liloan so.Leyte propose for your cellsite,contact us Rafael Padalapat Jr. 09354913507


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