Uy’s DITO seen to miss targets anew due to Facebook, Google pullout of undersea cable project

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DITO Telecommunity might face again another hurdle to accomplish its promise of faster and more reliable Internet connectivity after a submarine cable project was shunned due to cybersecurity concerns, according to a University of the Philippines (UP) technology professor.

Prof. Glen Imbang of the UP-Technology Management Center reasoned that the third telco player might compromise its delivery of quality Internet speed if it fails to implement a support plan after technology giants Facebook and Google withdrew from their undersea cable project.

The plan to establish a submarine network named as the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), between the United States (US) and Hong Kong was dropped following the Trump administration’s claim that China can use the link to gather information on Americans. The PLCN is vital to DITO Telecommunity’s capability to deliver services.

With Facebook and Google abandoning the project, DITO is left with costlier alternatives. “Build its own undersea cable or go into rocket science or satellite for the data transmission,” said Imbang.

DITO Telecommunity is owned by a presidential friend and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and co-owned by Beijing-run China Telecom.