Dito Telecommunity, a joint venture between Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corporation and China Telecoms which is going to be the Philippines’ third telecommunications provider, has announced a partnership with California-based Fortinet, a multinational cybersecurity products developer. The partnership will allow Fortinet to become Dito’s primary cybersecurity solutions provider.
Fortinet claims to secure the largest enterprises in the world, service providers and government organizations through its wide array of products and services including firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and endpoint security. Dito will leverage Fortinet’s comprehensive network security platforms.
The deal which was part of Dito’s USD 20 million cybersecurity operations initiative, was announced soon after the government allowed Dito to build cell towers inside military camps. Although it has yet to start building in said areas, it had already put up over 800 towers out of 1,300 that are required to cover its pledge which is a coverage of 37% of the population.
The company remains on track for its commercial launch in March 2021 and will further spend USD 556.9 million in 2021 to expand its network and roll-out its 5G infrastructure.
(Source: Manila Bulletin, Nikkei Asia Review)