TO PREVENT CHINESE INTRUSION, AFP WANTS FREE ACCESS TO DITO CELL SITES
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) wants only Filipino engineers to work on cell sites Dito Telecommunity will build on military bases – and it wants full, free access to them.
According to AFP intelligence chief Major General Jose Eriel Niembra, these are among additional safeguards the AFP is “contemplating” to insert into its contract with the China-backed telco, in order to ward off possible attempts at “intrusion.”
Dito is 40% owned by Beijing-run China Telecom, in consortium with Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics, both owned by Filipino businessman Dennis Uy.
The general then cited a risk analysis done by the AFP based on existing arrangements with the two older telcos, which found vulnerabilities to radiofrequency interception, eavesdropping, and jamming.
Although the study showed these threats were highly likely to occur, it concluded the net risks were low because of control measures the AFP already had or was planning to acquire.