Philippines - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


A substantial amount of capital continues to be invested in building telecommunications infrastructure throughout the Philippines.

Telecommunications investment in the Philippines will continue to see increasing emphasis on supporting high speed broadband access. The bulk of the fixed services are in urban areas. In contrast, the fixed line market in the Philippines remains underdeveloped and fixed line penetration continues to show stagnant growth. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment and the rapid expansion of the mobile broadband segment.

Despite competition from new carriers and mobile operators, PLDT has continued to be the Philippines’ dominant fixed-line provider. However, in recent years, Globe Telecom in particular has been pushing hard to overhaul the incumbent and now is the leading mobile provider in term of overall subscribers.

In 2018 the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) published its guidelines to accommodate the entry of a third major telecoms operator in the local market.

Over the past five to ten years and particularly more recently over the past two years there has been significant new data centre builds and additions to existing capacity as new providers enter the South East Asian data centre market. More and more people are getting online and using cloud computing services, driving demand for data centres services.

The Philippines government passed a Bill which seeks to provide for an online network establishment (ONE) policy for the country to reduce the digital divide and accelerate the rollout of more wireless communications technology across the country.

In recent few years, the major operators have also been forced to cope with the pressures of slowing growth in traditional areas of the market and rising investment needs for new growth areas in such as consumer broadband – both fixed line and mobile. In particular, there has been good progress in the rollout of optical fibre infrastructure. PDLT announced plans to accelerate a network modernisation plan that will see it switching to fibre over the following two years.

Key developments:

  • Telecommunications investment will continue to support high speed broadband access.
  • The Philippines data centre market has seen rapid recent growth.
  • Globe Telecom is now challenging PLDT in both the fixed and wireless markets.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom (BellTel), Digitel, Eastern Telecom (ETPI), Innove (Globe), PT&T, ABS-CBN Corp.

Table of Contents

  • Key Statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market Overview and Analysis
    • Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • Regulatory environment

    • Regulatory authority
      • National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
      • Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT)
      • Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
    • Interconnection
    • Anti-cable tapping law
    • Foreign ownership rules
    • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
    • Access
    • Cybercrime legislation
  • Fixed network operators

    • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
    • Globe Telecom
    • Bell Telecom
    • PT&T
    • TierOne
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Internet exchanges
    • Fixed-line statistics
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine
      • International gateways
      • Satellite systems
      • Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services
    • Smart Cities
  • Data Centres

    • Regional overview and Analysis
    • Providers
      • Overview
      • DataOne Asia
      • IPC
      • Globe Telecom
      • NTT
      • ePLDT
      • Total Information Management (TIM)
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 3 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 – 2023
  • Table 4 – PLDT’s capital expenditure – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 5 – PLDT fixed-line subscribers – 2001; 2005 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Historic - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers – 2002 – 2007
  • Table 7 – Globe Telecom fixed-line voice revenues (millions peso) – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1994 – 2006

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 5– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines

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Last updated 22 May 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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