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

Synopsis

A key factor in the growth of mobile services is that they have proved to be more effective than fixed-line telephony in adapting to the country’s geographical features.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022 as the market further matures in a highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G and 5G services.

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. However Globe Telecom has bridged the gap significantly over the past few years.

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 four years, driven by a rising level of wireless broadband users. However the mobile broadband market is still at a relatively early stage of development. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022.

The Philippines is already preparing for the move from 4G to 5G.

Key developments:

  • Globe Telecom and PDLT are well underway with the expansion of their 4G networks.
  • 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 2022.

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 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 3G
      • 5.1.2 4G / LTE
      • 5.1.3 5G
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Operators
    • 6.2 Mobile Operator statistics
    • 6.3 Smart Communications
    • 6.4 Globe Telecom
    • 6.5 NOW Telecom (Next Mobile)
    • 6.6 BellTel
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 m-commerce
    • 7.2 mobile-TV
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • 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) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 5 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 6 – Mobile subscribers (millions) by major operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Mobile subscriber market share by major operators – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 9 – PLDT – total mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 10 – PLDT – mobile subscribers (millions) by category – 2017
  • Table 11 – PLDT – mobile ARPU by operator/contract type – 2017
  • Table 12 – Smart mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 –Talk ‘N Text (TNT) mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Historical - Globe Telecom mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 15 – Globe Telecom mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Globe Telecom – mobile subscribers - prepaid v. postpaid – 2017
  • Table 17 – Globe Telecom – mobile ARPU (PHP/month) by contract type – 2015 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 22

Status Current

Last updated 19 Feb 2018
Update History

Analyst: Phil Harpur

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