The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has granted third telco player DITO Telecommunity an extension, setting its technical audit after six months.

DITO’s chief administrative officer Adel Tamano revealed that the company sought and obtained an extension, moving NTC’s technical audit from July 8, 2020, to January 7, 2021, citing the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse once again.

Previously, Dennis Uy’s DITO Telecommunity promised to deliver 2,500 cell sites by July 8. The company, however, is still building 1,300 cell sites at the moment, with only 300 of which operable.

Despite the setbacks, the company continues to be optimistic, announcing to hire more staff to support its network expansion project to meet its targeted commercial launch by March 2021.

As a regulatory body, the NTC has provided DITO two remediations or grace periods when it fails to meet its committed deadlines. So far, the company had used up one.

If DITO Telecommunity fails at its second grace period, the government will forfeit its PHP 25.7 billion performance bond and recall the assigned radio frequencies.

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