Compared with many of its Asian neighbours, the Philippines has been moving slowly on the adoption of internet. Nevertheless, this situation has changed rapidly in recent years. Of the estimated 37% of the population which constituted the internet-user population coming into 2014, a large proportion of these were using a high-speed broadband connection to go online. In early 2014 available statistics suggested that around three quarters of all internet connections were broadband-based services, representing a major shift in the broadband presence in the Philippines in recent years. Broadband penetration as a proportion of the population was still only 7%. This report looks at the various projects and initiatives as the Philippine government continues to encourage the development of broadband in the country. The report also provides information on the wider internet market in the country.
continuing growth in mobile internet usage, with a big surge in mobile broadband access; broadband subscriber numbers growing strongly (around 15% annual increase), but broadband penetration still less than 10%; PLDT expanded its international internet gateway capacity to 1Tb/s by end-2013; PLDT continued to extend its FttH footprint, passing 2 million households in 2013; coming into 2014 PLDT was claiming a 70% of the country's residential broadband market; WiMAX operator Liberty was continuing to struggle financially in 2014; both Smart and Globe were pushing on with development of cloud computing platforms.
Companies covered in this report include:
PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom (Wi-Tribe), EasyCall, Altimax, Bayantel, Bell Telecom, Broadband Philippines, Meridian Telekoms, Vega Telecom.