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.
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.
Telecommunications investment will continue to support high speed broadband access.
The fixed line market in the Philippines remains underdeveloped.
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
2. Key Statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
5.1.2 Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT)
5.1.3 Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Regulatory Reform
5.6 Anti-cable tapping law
5.7 Foreign ownership rules
5.8 Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
5.10 Cybercrime legislation
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)