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Philippines' China-backed telco newcomer clears tests for launch

Dito to start commercial operations next month to challenge duopoly

Dito Telecommunity has promised to invest $5 billion to break into a Philippine market dominated by PLDT and Globe Telecom. (Screenshot from Dito Website and Getty Images) 

MANILA -- The China-backed company intent on taking on the Philippines' telecom duopoly is finally set to start commercial operations next month after passing a test of its network.

The technical audit was the last major hurdle for Dito Telecommunity, which has promised to invest $5 billion to break into a market dominated by PLDT and Globe Telecom. President Rodrigo Duterte has frequently attacked both companies for poor service and had made it a political goal to give the country better, cheaper telecommunications.

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