“In need of local expertise and grassroots infrastructure experience, DITO Telecommunity Corp. engaged UIC to assist in the rollout of cellular tower and fiber optic cables,” said Jomel Fuetes, chief operating officer of Udenna Infra.
Fuentes added that Undenna Infrastructure and FutureNet and Technology Corp., the DITO general contractor, recently signed a master service agreement (MSA).
The MSA outlines the matrix of responsibilities, scope of work, and work process to construct almost 1,500 towers and more than 1,400 kilometers of fiber optic cabling for two years.
“Since 2017, UIC has been hard at work, as we believe there is no more worthwhile investment than the country itself, generating jobs for Filipinos and delivering a higher quality of life to all,” he said.
“The agreement with FutureNet and DITO is a milestone for UIC as we come together to ensure that we maximize and build on our strengths as individual companies and as a Group, all for the success of the March 2021 launch of DITO Telecommunity,” he added.
Udenna Infra bags P10-B contract to build DITO towers
The Congress granted DITO Telecommunity with a 25-year franchise last August.
The government then allowed DITO Telecommunity, the third telecommunications player in the Philippines, to build cell sites inside military bases in the country, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said earlier.
Lorenzana confirmed he had approved the 2019 Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippines’ Armed Forces (AFP) and DITO Telecommunity. The deal would allow DITO to set up towers in military camps.
The Defense Chief, however, clarified that the MOA he approved between DITO and AFP would only affect military camp where Globe and Smart also set up cell sites.
As of September 13, DITO said it had built a total of 859 towers, more than 50 percent of the 1,300 towers needed to achieve the required goal of 37% of population coverage and 27 megabits per second (Mbps) internet speed by January 2021.