Philippines - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Infrastructure and Forecasts
While the telecom sector in the Philippines has witnessed considerable investment and business activity since deregulation, the market has continued to fall short of its full potential. Nevertheless, there certainly has been a lot of activity, with the market often finding a different direction from what was envisaged. The country's mobile market has been particularly energetic for some years, for example, running on what could only be described as a genuine revolution in the development of SMS as an effective communications service. Even more significant ultimately has been the recent expansion in broadband internet. Broadband is finally building a healthy subscriber base, boosted by the considerable presence of mobile services in the mix of the various broadband platforms delivering internet access. There has also been good progress in the rollout of optical fibre infrastructure, although not on the national scale envisaged. In the meantime, the larger operators are building IP-based Next Generation Networks. Whilst the global financial problems presented some real challenges for the local telecom market, the negative impact seemed to have been put well behind now.
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.
NTC approved a network sharing deal between Globe Telecom and ABS-CBN Corp; the deal was part of ABS-CBN Corp's plan to become the country's third telecom player;' in a relatively low key launch, ABS-CBNmobile started operating as an MVNO; BellTel was making a move in early 2015 to become the Philippines' fourth mobile operator after PLDT, Globe and ABS-CBN Mobile; the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Prevention Act; Growth in GDP of between 6% and 7% per annum was forecast for the Philippines in 2015/2016; Fixed-line penetration was declining, dropping to just over 3% by early 2015; PLDT expanded its total fibre network to nearly 100,000km by end-2014; Proposed legislation to create a new Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was proceeding in early 2015.