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.

Key developments:

  • 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

  • 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)
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Regulatory Reform
    • Spectrum
    • 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
    • Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc (ETPI)
    • Bayantel
    • PT&T
    • TierOne
    • ABS-CBN aiming to be ‘third telecom player’
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Internet exchanges
    • Fixed-line statistics
    • National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • National Broadband Plan
    • Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • International infrastructure
      • Statistics
      • Submarine
      • International gateways
      • Satellite systems
      • Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services
    • Data Centres
    • Smart Cities
  • 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 – Philippines’ GDP real growth rate – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 – 2023
  • Table 5 – PLDT’s capital expenditure – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 6 – PLDT fixed-line subscribers – 2001; 2005 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Historic - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers – 2002 – 2007
  • Table 8 – Globe Telecom fixed-line voice revenues (millions peso) – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1994 – 2006
  • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines – proportion of urban and residential subscribers – 2007 – 2014
  • Table 12 – Historic - Total international internet bandwidth – 2003 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4 – Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 5– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines

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Last updated 13 Aug 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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