Dito’s entry may harm 40 percent of PLDT revenue, loan rater claims

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Dito Telecommunity’s anticipated entry as a fresh mobile service provider could have a enormous effect on PLDT Inc., with a worldwide loan rater stating as much as 40 percent of brand profits could be at risk by next year.

S&P Global Ratings said the new telecommunications service supplier could shake the mobile network scene and will certainly snatch clients away from the present giants.

They expect the third licensed player Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) to compete on the cost of its planned market entry in the second quarter of 2020. Some loss of mobile PLDT subscribers is inevitable, particularly in the context of the price-sensitive market in the Philippines.

About 40 percent of PLDT’s income will be subjected to this contest as the third player will compete in the individual phone room. PLDT’s combined service income amounted to about 39.6 billion in the first quarter, up five percent from a year ago mainly from wireless network services. Over the first three months, net income settled at 6.7 billion, down three percent year-on-year.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. consortium, now called Dito Telecommunity Corp. It is the last official permit they need to roll out mobile services in the Philippines. As he handed the certificate to businessman and campaign donor Dennis Uy, Duterte challenged the third player to break the existing duopoly of Smart Communications and Globe Telecom — one of the President’s many promises in his previous State of the Nation Address.

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