While the telecom sector in the Philippines has witnessed considerable investment and activity since deregulation, the market has continued to fall short of its potential. However, it could be argued that the market has achieved much by finding a different direction from what was envisaged. The mobile market has been particularly energetic for some years now, for example, with a genuine revolution in the development of SMS as an effective communications service. Even more significant ultimately has been the recent expansion in the broadband internet sector. Broadband is finally building a healthy subscriber base, boosted by the considerable presence of wireless services in the mix of broadband platforms delivering service. Whilst the global financial problems, certainly presented some challenges for the local telecom market, the negative impact seemed to rapidly dissipate. This report provides a statistical overview of the Philippines telecom market together with some information on the way the market is developing. The report also provides an overview of the local, national and international infrastructure that has been and is being put in place, including the rollout of national fibre optic infrastructure as a number of the larger operators build IP-based Next Generation Networks. The difficulty in obtaining accurate statistical information on this market is noted.
- PLDT moving to migrate its entire fixed telephone subscriber base to its NGN by 2013;
- the NTC approved a network sharing deal between Globe Telecom and ABS-CBN Corp in 2103;
- this deal was part of ABS-CBN Corp’s stated intention to become the country’s ‘third telecom player;’
- the Philippines adopted the Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013;
- the NTC approved a number of frequency deals in the telecom sector in late 2012;
- the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final ruling on foreign ownership in May 2013
- Typhoo Haiyan causes massive destruction in the Philippines and puts pressure on national telecommunications capacity.
Companies covered in this report include:
PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom, Digitel, Eastern Telecom (ETPI), Innove (Globe), PT&T, PhilCom, ABS-CBN Corp.