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Philippine telco hires US company to ease China spying fears

Dito Telecommunity earmarks $20m for cybersecurity

Dito Telecommunity is aiming to break the Philippines' longstanding telecom duopoly. (Source photos from Reuters and screenshot of Dito Telecommunity's website)

MANILA -- China Telecom's Philippine affiliate has enlisted U.S. company Fortinet as a key cybersecurity partner in a bid to allay fears over potential spying by Beijing.

Dito Telecommunity, a joint venture between state-owned China Telecom and Davao tycoon Dennis Uy, a campaign donor to President Rodrigo Duterte, is building its network after winning a bid in 2018 to be country's third major telecom player.

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