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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.

Key developments:
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.

Companies mentioned in this report include:
PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom (BellTel), Digitel, Eastern Telecom (ETPI), Innove (Globe), PT&T, PhilCom, ABS-CBN Corp.

Table Of Contents

Philippines - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Infrastructure and Forecasts
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
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
5.4 Regulatory developments 2012 - 2015
5.4.1 NTC prepares to enforce internet service standards
5.4.2 Operators faced with major compensation bills
5.4.3 Network sharing
5.4.4 Anti-cable tapping law
5.4.5 Foreign ownership rules
5.4.6 Spectrum issues
5.4.7 Globe's use of Bayantel spectrum challenged
5.4.8 Approval of frequency sharing/transfers
5.4.9 Re-allocation of spectrum blocked by court decision
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview
6.2 National infrastructure
6.2.1 Overview
6.3 Fixed-line statistics
6.4 Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
6.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
6.5 Background: Service Area Scheme (SAS)
6.6 National fibre optic networks
6.6.1 Background
6.6.2 Ongoing development
6.7 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.7.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
6.8 International infrastructure
6.8.1 International gateways
6.8.2 Submarine cable networks
6.8.3 Satellite systems
6.9 Infrastructure developments
6.9.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.9.2 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6.9.3 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Philippines' GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2016
Table 8 Philippines' annual investment in telecom services 2009 - 2014
Table 9 Historical - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1994 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2005 2015
Table 11 Fixed lines proportion of urban and residential subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 12 Historical - Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation 1995 - 2004
Table 13 Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation 2005 - 2014
Table 14 Forecast fixed line subscribers 2015; 2020
Table 15 Historical - total lines installed by SAS target date - by operator
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and annual change - 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines - 2014

Companies Mentioned
PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Liberty Telecom, Bayantel, Bell Telecom (BellTel), Digitel, Eastern Telecom (ETPI), Innove (Globe), PTandT, PhilCom, ABS-CBN Corp.

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