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Philippines - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Infrastructure and Forecasts

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While the telecom sector in the Philippines has witnessed considerable investment and activity since deregulation, the market has continued to fall short of its potential. However, it could be argued that the market has achieved much by finding a different direction from what was envisaged. The mobile market has been particularly energetic for some years now, for example, with a genuine revolution in the development of SMS as an effective communications service. Even more significant ultimately has been the recent expansion in the broadband internet sector. Broadband is finally building a healthy subscriber base, boosted by the considerable presence of wireless services in the mix of broadband platforms delivering service. Whilst the global financial problems, certainly presented some challenges for the local telecom market, the negative impact seemed to rapidly dissipate. This report provides a statistical overview of the Philippines telecom market together with some information on the way the market is developing. The report also provides an overview of the local, national and international infrastructure that has been and is being put in place, including the rollout of national fibre optic infrastructure as a number of the larger operators build IP-based Next Generation Networks. The difficulty in obtaining accurate statistical information on this market is noted.

Key developments:

PLDT moving to migrate its entire fixed telephone subscriber base to its NGN by 2013;
the NTC approved a network sharing deal between Globe Telecom and ABS-CBN Corp in 2103;
this deal was part of ABS-CBN Corp’s stated intention to become the country’s ‘third telecom player;’
the Philippines adopted the Anti-Cable Television and Cable Internet Tapping Act of 2013;
the NTC approved a number of frequency deals in the telecom sector in late 2012;
the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final ruling on foreign ownership in May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview
4.2 PLDT’s acquisition of Digitel
4.3 Background to development
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authorities
5.1.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
5.1.2 Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT)
5.1.3 Proposed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Foreign ownership
5.3.1 Court ruling on PLDT case
5.3.2 SEC issues new rules
5.4 Regulatory developments – 2012 / 2013
5.4.1 Network sharing
5.4.2 Anti-cable tapping law
5.4.3 Spectrum issues
5.4.4 Approval of frequency sharing/transfers
5.4.5 Reallocation of spectrum blocked by court decision
5.5 Regulatory developments – 2011 and earlier
5.5.1 Interconnection
5.5.2 Release of spectrum
5.5.3 Regulator’s fees
5.5.4 Broadband speed
5.5.5 Interconnection fees
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview
6.2 National infrastructure
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Fixed-line statistics
6.2.3 Forecasts – fixed-line market – 2015; 2020
6.2.4 Globe Telecom’s national fixed-line licence
6.3 Background: Service Area Scheme (SAS)
6.4 National fibre optic networks
6.4.1 Background
6.4.2 Developments – 2012 / 2013
6.5 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.5.1 PLDT
6.5.2 ETPI
6.6 International infrastructure
6.6.1 International gateways
6.6.2 Submarine cable networks
6.6.3 Satellite systems
6.7 Infrastructure developments
6.7.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.7.2 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.7.3 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2013
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2012
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – March 2013
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 – Philippines’ GDP real growth rate – 2006 - 2014
Table 8 –Historical - Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1994 - 2004
Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2005 - 2013
Table 10 – Fixed lines – proportion of urban and residential subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 11 – Historical - Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation – 1995 - 2004
Table 12 – Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation – 2005 - 2013
Table 13 – Fixed lines - installed and subscribers by operator - 2012
Table 14 – Forecast fixed line subscribers – 2015; 2020
Table 15 – Total lines installed by operator by SAS target date
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and annual change - 2000 – 2013
Chart 2 - Fixed line operators - market share - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines - 2011

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