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Major Telecommunications Operators - Philippines

Philippines - Major Telecommunications Operators

Despite competition from new carriers and mobile operators, PLDT has continued to be the Philippines' dominant fixed-line and mobile provider.

The number of telephone subscribers in the Philippines has continued on a healthy growth path. The mobile sector has been dominant, although more recently broadband subscriptions of all kinds have been playing a bigger role. For a long time the growth in mobile services was in large part due to the popularity of SMS services as well as the relatively higher price and inaccessibility of fixed-line services. In 2009 the global financial crisis had a major impact on the local economy and in turn on the local mobile market, pulling the growth rate down. Nevertheless the telecom market has continued to grow with 2010 seeing a positive rebound that has continued up to the present time. PLDT subsidiary Smart remains the dominant player in the market; by 2011 it held a 52% share, followed by Globe Telecom with 32% and Digitel with 16%. The major market development in 2011 was PLDT's acquisition of Digitel and its repercussions were being felt through 2012 and into 2013. With PLDT holding a huge 67% of the mobile market in early 2013, the acquisition had certainly proved controversial. When the regulator gave its final approval it was heavily conditional. This report provides an overview of the major operators in the Philippine mobile market with some pertinent statistics.

Key developments:

PLDT was continuing the process of fully integrating Digitel into its business, targeting completion in 2014;
Local media company ABS-CBN Corp aiming to become third player' in the country's telecom industry;
Globe announced in 2013 the completion of the first phase of its network modernisation program, having upgraded 100% of its cell sites;
NTC was proceeding with plans to auction the 3G frequency licence formerly held by CURE, seeking guidance from the Department of Finance (DoF) in early 2014;
Globe Telecom was closing in on completing its takeover of Bayan;
In mid-2014 NOW Telecom (formerly known as Next Mobile) revealed plans to spend US$28 million over two years to deploy mobile cell sites in metro Manila.

Companies covered in this report include:

PLDT, Smart Communications, Talk N Text (TNT), Red Mobile (CURE), Globe Telecom, Digitel, Extelcom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom (Bell Telecom); ABS-CBN Corp; NOW Telecom (formerly Next Mobile).


1. Synopsis
2. Major operators
2.1 Overview
2.2 ABS-CBN aiming to be third telecom player'
3. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
3.1 Overview
3.2 Business strategies
3.3 Foreign ownership issue
3.4 Financials
3.5 PLDT's fixed-line operations
3.5.1 Operational statistics
3.5.2 Development
3.6 PLDT's mobile operations
3.6.1 Overview
3.6.2 Operational statistics
3.6.3 Smart Communications
3.6.4 Talk N Text (TNT) (formerly Piltel)
3.6.5 Red Mobile (CURE)
3.7 PLDT's broadband operations
3.8 Globe Telecom
3.8.1 Overview
3.8.2 Service problems and network upgrade project
3.8.3 Financials
3.8.4 Bayantel debt buy-out and acquisition
3.8.5 Developments
3.8.6 Globe Telecom's mobile operations
3.8.7 Globe Telecom's fixed-line operations (Innove)
3.8.8 Globe Telecom's broadband operations
3.9 Digitel/Sun Cellular
3.9.1 Overview
3.9.2 Digitel's mobile operations
3.9.3 Digitel's fixed-line operations
3.9.4 PLDT's acquisition of Digitel
3.10 Bayantel
3.10.1 Overview
3.10.2 Operations
3.10.3 Financial difficulties
3.10.4 Globe Telecom's buyout of Bayan
3.11 Other operators
3.11.1 Extelcom
3.11.2 Bell Telecom
3.11.3 Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc (ETPI)
3.11.4 PhilCom
3.11.5 NOW Telecom (Next Mobile)
3.11.6 Liberty Telecom / Wi-tribe
3.11.7 ABS-CBN
3.11.8 New licences
4. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile market share - major operators March 2013
Table 2 Mobile market share - major operators March 2014
Table 3 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change March 2014
Table 4 Mobile subscribers by operator 2009 - 2012
Table 5 Fixed lines - installed and subscribers - by operator - 2012
Table 6 PLDT's capital expenditure 2008 - 2014
Table 7 PLDT fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2005 - 2013
Table 8 PLDT total mobile subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 9 PLDT mobile subscribers by operator/contract type 2013
Table 10 PLDT mobile ARPU by operator/contract type 2013
Table 11 Smart mobile subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 12 Smart prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers March 2014
Table 13 Smart prepaid and postpaid mobile ARPU 2013
Table 14 Smart Communications: 3G subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 15 Talk N Text mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 16 Red Mobile (CURE) subscribers 2009 - 2012
Table 17 PLDT's fixed broadband subscribers 2011 - 2013
Table 18 Historical - Globe Telecom mobile subscribers 2001 - 2004
Table 19 Globe Telecom mobile subscribers 2005- 2014
Table 20 Globe Telecom mobile subscribers - prepaid v. postpaid March 2014
Table 21 Globe Telecom mobile ARPU by contract type 2013
Table 22 Global Telecom: 3G subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 23 Historical - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2002 - 2007
Table 24 Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 25 Globe Telecom - fixed-line ARPU 2011 - 2013
Table 26 Globe Telecom broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 27 Globe Telecom broadband subscribers - wired v. wireless March 2014
Table 28 Digitel mobile subscribers 2005 - 2012
Table 29 Digitel mobile subscribers- prepaid and postpaid March 2012
Table 30 Digitel fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2007; 2010 - 2012
Table 31 Bayantel's fixed-line subscribers 2000 - 2001; 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 - Fixed line operators - market share - 2012

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