DITO subscribers can now send texts and make voice calls to PLDT-Smart and Globe subscribers, as the third telco has officially finished its interconnection with both PLDT-Smart and Globe.
The third telco officially signed interconnection deals with the two telcos back in February, barely a month before its commercial launch. The completion of the interconnectivity between the three telcos enables DITO subscribers to be able to send, and receive, calls and texts from the two other telcos, and is something that is mandated by the NTC under Republic Act 7925 to ensure that their subscribers can communicate with each other regardless of their telco provider.
Initially, DITO subscribers were limited using the telco’s data services which led some of their early adopters to experience issues with connectivity and data. As of the moment, DITO’s interconnectivity to Globe is limited to mobile calls and SMS. They are still in the process of finalizing the interconnection of its fixed landline services with DITO.
This is not the last time these telcos will be working together. They’ve signed another deal in February that mandates the creation of a clearinghouse to help them implement the Mobile Number Portability Act which is expected to roll out this September. In addition, all three telcos are bound to cooperating with one another in terms of the use of shared signal towers as the government encourages them to take advantage of the NTC’s common towers initiative.
The country’s third telco recently made its services available in select areas in Luzon recently after their first made their service official in Cebu and Davao. They are currently present General Santos City in South Cotabato, Compostela and Cordova in Cebu, Malvar, Tanauan, Lipa City, Santo Tomas in Batangas, Silang and Tagaytay City in Cavite, Los Banos and Calamba in Laguna, Baliuag in Bulacan, Palayan, Santa Rosa, Science City of Munoz, Talavera, Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecjia and Tarlac City, Capas, Concepcion and Gerona in Tarlac.