Philippines - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

A feature of the Philippines mobile market has been the near duopoly with Smart together with Globe Telecom maintaining a tight hold on the industry. The two leading providers continue to battle to win subscribers and introduce new services, and both lost subscribers during 2017 as the market went through consolidation.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G and eventually 5G services as operators adopt these faster services.

Mobile ARPU levels have been on a downward trend for a long time in the Philippines as competition in the mobile industry has intensified. The operators continue to engage in aggressive price competition in an effort to grab market share.

The Philippines has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by a rising level of wireless broadband users. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023, however at a slower and declining rate as the market further matures.

The Philippines is already preparing for the move from 4G to 5G. PLDT Inc. has set up what it is calling a ‘5G technolab’ into the research and development of the next generation platform and Globe Telecom announced its intention to launch 5G services in the Philippines by the middle of 2019.

Key developments:

  • The Philippines has seen a rapid recent increase in mobile broadband penetration.
  • Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023.
  • The Philippines is already preparing for the move from 4G to 5G.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Digitel, Extelcom, Bayantel

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market Overview and Analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile ARPU
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband statistics and Forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory Issues
    • 4.1 SIM registration
    • 4.2 SMS-related issues
    • 4.3 Mobile Spectrum
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 3G and 4G
    • 5.2 5G
    • 5.3 MIMO
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Mobile Operator statistics
    • 6.2 Smart Communications
    • 6.3 Globe Telecom
    • 6.4 NOW Telecom (Next Mobile)
    • 6.5 BellTel
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 m-commerce
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
  • Table 2 – Historic - Total mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1994 - 2004
  • Table 3 – Historic - Mobile services revenue – 1993 - 2016
  • Table 4– Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2013 - 2023
  • Table 5 – Historic - Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 6 – Mobile subscribers (millions) by major operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Mobile subscriber market share by major operators – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 9 – Smart (PLDT) – total mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 10 – PLDT – mobile subscribers (millions) by category – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 11 – PLDT – mobile ARPU by operator/contract type – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Globe Telecom mobile subscribers by prepaid, postpaid– 2010 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Historic - Globe Telecom mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Globe Telecom – mobile ARPU (PHP/month) by contract type – 2015 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2013 - 2023

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 19

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Last updated 13 Aug 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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