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Philippines - Major Telecommunications Operators

  • June 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 42 pages

Despite competition from new carriers and mobile operators, PLDT has continued to be the Philippines' dominant fixed-line and mobile provider. And as such has been a large part of the momentum in the country's telecom market. Nevertheless, PLDT's role has not gone unchallenged and in recent years Globe Telecom in particular has been pushing hard to overhaul the incumbent.

In the meantime, 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 much 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. 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. After the GFC, the year 2010 saw the start of a positive rebound that has continued up to the present time.

PLDT subsidiary Smart remains the dominant mobile 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 that year was PLDT's acquisition of Digitel and its repercussions were being felt right through until 2015. 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. By early 2015 PLDT's share of the mobile market was close to 60% as some was clearly rebalancing going on. 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.

In April 2015, San Miguel Corp announced that it was preparing to launch a mobile service by January 2016 through its subsidiary BellTel. BellTel had already concluded agreements with contractors and suppliers covering the rollout and operation of a mobile network. This would see BellTel become the Philippines' fourth mobile operator after PLDT, Globe and ABS-CBN Mobile. BellTel had integrated 197 base stations into its mobile network and received radio licences for 191. The operator would apply for more licences as additional base stations are integrated into the network. It will launch its service as soon as sufficient BTS sites are available for a commercial launch.

Companies mentioned 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); Liberty Telecom / Wi-tribe.

Table Of Contents

Philippines - Major Telecommunications Operators
1. Synopsis
2. Major operators
2.1 Overview and statistics
2.2 ABS-CBN aiming to be third telecom player'
2.3 Move by BellTel to be the Philippines' fourth mobile operator'
3. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
3.1 Overview
3.2 Background
3.3 Foreign ownership issue
3.4 Financials
3.5 PLDT's fixed-line operations
3.5.1 Operational statistics
3.5.2 Key developments
3.6 PLDT's mobile operations
3.6.1 Overview
3.6.2 Developments
3.6.3 Operational statistics
3.6.4 Operational units- background
3.6.5 Talk N Text (TNT) (formerly Piltel)
3.6.6 Sun Cellular
3.6.7 Red Mobile (CURE)
3.7 PLDT's broadband operations
3.7.1 Overview
3.7.2 Operational statistics
3.7.3 Background
3.8 Globe Telecom
3.8.1 Overview
3.8.2 Key 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
3.8.8 Globe Telecom's broadband operations
3.9 Digitel/Sun Cellular
3.9.1 Overview
3.9.2 Background
3.9.3 Digitel's mobile operations
3.9.4 Digitel's fixed-line operations
3.9.5 PLDT's acquisition of Digitel
3.10 Bayantel
3.10.1 Overview
3.10.2 Background
3.10.3 Operations
3.10.4 Financial difficulties
3.10.5 Globe Telecom's buyout of Bayan - 2012 - 2015
3.11 ABS-CBNmobile
3.12 Other operators
3.12.1 Bell Telecom
3.12.2 Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc (ETPI)
3.12.3 PhilCom
3.12.4 NOW Telecom (Next Mobile)
3.12.5 Liberty Telecom / Wi-tribe
4. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile market share - major operators March 2015
Table 2 Mobile market share - major operators March 2014
Table 3 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2014
Table 4 Mobile subscribers by operator 2009 2012
Table 5 Share of mobile market revenue Globe v. Smart and Sun Cellular 2012 - 2014
Table 6 Fixed lines - installed and subscribers - by operator - 2012
Table 7 PLDT's capital expenditure 2008 - 2015
Table 8 PLDT service revenue by market segment March- 2015 Quarter
Table 9 PLDT fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2005 - 2015
Table 10 PLDT total mobile subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 11 PLDT mobile subscribers by operator unit/contract type 2014
Table 12 PLDT mobile ARPU by operator/contract type 2014
Table 13 Smart mobile subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 14 PLDT prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers March 2015
Table 15 Smart prepaid and postpaid mobile ARPU 2014
Table 16 Talk N Text mobile subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 17 Historical - Red Mobile (CURE) subscribers 2009 - 2012
Table 18 PLDT's broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 19 PLDT's fixed broadband subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 20 Historical - PLDT's DSL subscribers 2001 - 2004
Table 21 PLDT's DSL subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 22 PLDT's wireless (mobile) broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 23 PLDT broadband ARPU by unit/contract type 2013 - 2014
Table 24 Smart's wireless broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 25 Sun Cellular / Digitel's broadband subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 26 PLDT overview of broadband subscribers by operator/category 2014
Table 27 Globe Telecom fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2014
Table 28 Globe Telecom's capital expenditure 2012 - 2015
Table 29 Historical - Globe Telecom mobile subscribers 2001 - 2009
Table 30 Globe Telecom mobile subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 31 Globe Telecom mobile subscribers - prepaid v. postpaid March 2015
Table 32 Globe Telecom mobile ARPU by contract type 2014 - 2015
Table 33 Historical - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2002 - 2007
Table 34 Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 35 Globe Telecom - fixed-line ARPU 2011 - 2014
Table 36 Globe Telecom broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 37 Globe Telecom's DSL subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 38 Globe Telecom fixed broadband subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 39 Globe Telecom's wireless subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 40 Globe Telecom broadband subscribers - wired v. wireless March 2015
Table 41 Historical - Digitel mobile subscribers 2005 - 2012
Table 42 Historical - Digitel mobile subscribers- prepaid and postpaid March 2012
Table 43 Historical - Digitel fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2007; 2010 - 2012
Table 44 Historical - Bayantel's fixed-line subscribers 2000 - 2001; 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 - Fixed lines by operator - 2012

Companies Mentioned
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), Liberty Telecom / Wi-tribe.

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