Third telecommunications player DITO Telecommunity Corp. of Udenna Corp. and China Telecom said it will invest P20.5 billion over a five-year period to build a data center in Clark Global City, Pampanga.
DITO said in a statement it subleased an eight-hectare property in Clark Global City to house its main data center.
The DITO Telecommunity Data Center, a critical component to begin DITO’s commercial operations, will be designed after Google’s campus-style headquarters, to hold operational departments, network operations center, servecall center and regional center. It will also serve as the hub for DITO’s research and development in the telecommunications space.
“We are excited to build an iconic DITO Campus here in Clark,’’ DITO chairman Dennis Uy said.
“This is a clear indication of our commitment to provide world-class telecommunications services that the Filipinos deserve and to continue to prime Clark Global City with quality locators,’’ he said.
The company said it would hire 800 Filipinos in the first year and a total of 4,500 by the fifth year.
DITO said the initial investment would reach P13.6 billion in the first year to be supported by P6.9 billion in the next four years.
“This project will bring innovative and cutting-edge technologies, from high-end 5G capabilities to top-tier data center infrastructure systems,’’ DITO Telecommunity chief administrative officer Adel Tamano said.
“We look forward to starting the construction in three months, as we are more than excited to spur business development in Clark,” Udenna Land president Wilfredo Placino said.
With the state-of-the-art DITO Data Center located at the heart of Clark Business District, local and foreign businesses will surely be encouraged to establish operations in CGC,” he said.
DITO Telecommunity received its certificate of public convenience and necessity from the National Telecommunications Commission in July to operate as the third major telco.
The company committed to improve the country’s telecommunications capability within five years by increasing the basic internet speed to 55 mbps and covering more than 80 percent of the country’s population.