AFP tower deal: DITO downplays threat of security risk

“On the issue of the memorandum of agreement signed by DITO Telelcommunity with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, let me take this opportunity to reiterate that this agreement contained the very same provisions signed by the other two telcos.

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Unlike the agreements with these other telcos, ours contained additional provisions pertaining to the commitments of DITO to national security,” said Adel Tamano, DITO chief administrative officer.

DITO issued the statement after Senator Risa Hontiveros raised concerns over the security risks that may arise from China Telecom’s stake in DITO.

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Tamano also guaranteed that its devices, equipment, and structures would not be used to obtain classified information from the AFP.

Tamano also explained that the company’s cybersecurity plan has been approved by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the National Security Advisor,.

He said DITO even established its Network and Security Operations Center.

“We respectfully extend our invitation to Senator Hontiveros and members of the Senate committee to schedule a visit to our Network and Security Operations Center for a live demonstration of our capabilities,” Tamano said.

“Let me reassure the public that we in DITO are true partners in nation building and that we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide world-class telecommunications services that the Filipino people truly deserve,” he added.

Tamano said the company is on track with its commercial launch in March.

Converge backs infrastructure sharing to lower costs

Bilyonaryo Dennis Anthony Uy’s Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is supporting a proposal that allows telcos or internet service providers to share the cost of installation of underground pipes for telecommunication cables whenever new road infrastructure is built.

Converge backs infrastructure sharing to lower costs

Bilyonaryo Dennis Anthony Uy’s Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is supporting a proposal that allows telcos or internet service providers to share the cost of installation of underground pipes for telecommunication cables whenever new road infrastructure is built.