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


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 2024 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 2024, however at a slower and declining rate as the market further matures.

The Philippines is well on its way to launching 5G services. Smart Communications activated its first 5G cell sites in Makati and is testing the platform and develop solutions such as autonomous vehicles. Globe Telecom has revealed plans to launch its 5G service in partnership with Huawei Technologies later in 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 2024.
  • The Philippines is well on its way to launching 5G services.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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

Table of Contents

  • Market Overview and Analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • Mobile Statistics and Forecasts
    • Mobile ARPU
    • Mobile broadband statistics and Forecasts
  • Regulatory Issues

    • SIM registration
    • Mobile Spectrum
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 3G and 4G
    • 5G
    • MIMO
  • Major mobile operators

    • Mobile Operator statistics
    • Smart Communications
    • Globe Telecom
    • NOW Telecom (Next Mobile)
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • 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 – 2006 – 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 monthly ARPU by operator/contract type ($P) – 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

List of Charts

  • 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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Number of pages 35

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Last updated 22 May 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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