Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Philippines - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - 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. 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.
Over the past five to ten years and particularly more recently over the past two years there has been significant new data centre builds and additions to existing capacity as new providers enter the South East Asian data centre market. More and more people are getting online and using cloud computing services, which is driving demand for data centre services.
During the last 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 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.
Fixed broadband penetration in the Philippines remains relatively low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines and the dominance of the mobile platform, which has in turn driven the mobile broadband market.
Despite declining prices in both fixed and mobile broadband, this type of service is still not affordable for the majority of the population. Operators have been pushing hard with competitive low entry-level packages, but the market continues to struggle.
The DICT has staged a pilot run of the National Fiber Backbone (NFB). It will be operated by the DICT, which will also maintain the related facilities and provide last mile connectivity in the Philippines.
Over the next five years to 2024 strong growth is expected to continue from this very small base as both major fixed broadband operators, PLDT and Globe Telecom continue with their rollouts.
Smart Communications have teamed up with Google to deploy additional Wi-Fi hubs across the country as part of a drive to provide free connections nationwide.
There has been a major push by market leader PLDT to offer fibre-based services; Globe has been trying to match the PLDT push where it can. PDLT is also deploying hybrid technology, such as G.fast, under a wider three-year program.
Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2024 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G and eventually 5G services as operators adopt these faster services.
Mobile ARPU levels have been on a downward trend for a long time in the Philippines as competition in the mobile industry has intensified. The operators continue to engage in aggressive price competition in an effort to grab market share.
The Philippines has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by a rising level of wireless broadband users. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024, however at a slower and declining rate as the market further matures.
The Philippines is well on its way to launching 5G services. Smart Communications activated its first 5G cell sites in Makati and is testing the platform and developing solutions such as autonomous vehicles. Globe Telecom has revealed plans to launch its 5G service in partnership with Huawei Technologies later in 2019.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments

Telecommunications investment will continue to support high speed broadband access.
The Philippines data centre market has seen rapid recent growth.
Globe Telecom is now challenging PLDT in both the fixed and wireless markets.
Smart Communications have teamed up with Google to deploy additional Wi-Fi hubs across the country
The DICT has staged a pilot run of the National Fiber Backbone (NFB).
A smart city project off the coast of Manila has begun.
The Philippines has seen a rapid recent increase in mobile broadband penetration.
Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023.
The Philippines is well on its way to launching 5G services.
Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom (BellTel), Digitel, Eastern Telecom (ETPI), Innove (Globe), PT&T, ABS-CBN Corp, Altimax, Bayantel, Broadband Philippines, Vega Telecom.


1 Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure
3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Market Overview and Analysis
3.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
4 Regulatory environment
4.1 Regulatory authority
4.2 Interconnection
4.3 Anti-cable tapping law
4.4 Foreign ownership rules
4.5 Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
4.6 Access
4.7 Cybercrime legislation
5 Fixed network operators
5.1 Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
5.2 Globe Telecom
5.3 Bell Telecom
5.4 PT&T
5.5 TierOne
6 Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 Fixed-line statistics
6.3 International infrastructure
6.4 Smart Cities
6.5 Data Centres
7 Broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Fixed Broadband Service Providers
7.3 Fixed Broadband Technologies
8 Digital media
8.1 Videostreaming
8.2 VoIP
9 Mobile communications
9.1 Market Overview and Analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Regulatory Issues
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.5 Major mobile operators
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 3 Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 2023
Table 4 PLDT's capital expenditure 2008 2018
Table 5 PLDT fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2005 2018
Table 6 Historic - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2002 2007
Table 7 Globe Telecom fixed-line voice revenues (millions peso) 2008 2017
Table 8 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1994 2006
Table 13 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2023
Table 14 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 15 PLDT's total broadband subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 16 PLDT's fixed line broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 17 PLDT broadband ARPU (PHP/month) by category 2016 - 2018
Table 18 Globe Telecom home broadband subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 19 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 2023
Table 20 Historic - Total mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1994 2004
Table 21 Historic - Mobile services revenue 2006 2016
Table 22 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2023
Table 23 Historic - Mobile operators and systems
Table 24 Mobile subscribers (millions) by major operator 2013 2018
Table 25 Mobile subscriber market share by major operators 2013 2018
Table 26 Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator 2009 2012
Table 27 Smart (PLDT) total mobile subscribers 2006 2018
Table 28 PLDT mobile subscribers (millions) by category 2017 2018
Table 29 PLDT mobile ARPU by operator/contract type 2017 2018
Table 30 Globe Telecom mobile subscribers by prepaid, postpaid 2010 2018
Table 31 Historic - Globe Telecom mobile subscribers 2001 2009
Table 32 Globe Telecom mobile ARPU (PHP/month) by contract type 2015 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2018; 2023
Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2018
Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 - 2023
Chart 7 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Chart 8 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2023
Exhibit 3 Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines

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