Dito Telecommunity Corp. has piloted the installation of street level 5G micro sites in Dasmarinas Village in Makati.
The micro sites aim to “provide comprehensive coverage speed and capacity for the whole of the village.”
“Dito has provided a solution that is the first of its kind in the Philippines that is aimed at breaking this impasse together with our partner solutions provider Huawei for this project,” said DITO Chief Technology Officer Rodolfo Santiago.
Historically, exclusive villages are averse to the deployment of telco sites in their vicinities, citing health concerns.
“These Dito micro sites are installed in street lamp posts in strategic locations in and around the village to provide ‘true’ 5G or stand-alone 5G connectivity to residents of Dasmarinas Village, and not the hybrid 4G-5G currently offered by the two other telcos,” Santiago said.
He added that this technology has “far-reaching effects” especially for areas where tower-building is prohibited or not allowed.
“This launch is testament to the ongoing commitment of Dito in the Philippines to provide world class service to our countrymen wherever they may be,” Santiago said.
In April, the company said it will partner with a satellite company to reach far-flung areas in the Philippines.
Santiago said the group is in “advanced talks” with British-Indian company OneWeb Network Access Associates Ltd. to bring Dito’s telco services to remote areas in the Philippines.
“The talks are in the advanced stages. It’s more of checking whether it’s okay—the commercial rates.”
According to its website, One Web utilizes low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide Internet connectivity to its end users. It claims to have 648 satellites with 12 synchronized orbital planes 1,200 kilometers above ground.