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Philippines - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • March 2017
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 18 pages

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The mobile subscriber market in the Philippines has displayed strong growth over the past few years in an expanding market. Growth is predicted over the next five penetration in a maturing and increasingly saturated market. By 2021 mobile subscriber penetration is predicted to reach between over 130%. A key factor in the growth of mobile services is that they have proved to be more effective than fixed-line telephony in adapting to the country's geographical features.

Mobile ARPU levels have been on a downward trend for a long time in the Philippines as competition in the mobile industry intensified. The operators continue to engage in aggressive price competition in an effort to grab market share.

A feature of the Philippines mobile market has been the near duopoly with Smart together with Globe Telecom maintaining a tight hold on the industry. However Globe Telecom has bridged the gap significantly over the past two years. Globe Telecom has increased its market share significantly over the past few years and now leads the market in terms of market share.

By 2017 both Globe Telecom and PDLT were well underway with the expansion of their 4G networks. Smart Communications has begun switching on faster 4G mobile data services using triple-carrier aggregation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. As part of Smart's three-year deployment plan, PLDT Inc. intends to extend LTE coverage to 70% of the population by end-2017 and 95% of cities and municipalities by 2018.

The mobile broadband subscriber market in the Philippines has grown strongly over the past few years. Further strong growth in predicted over the next two years to 2018. The expansion of mobile broadband services is now providing more opportunities for the technology sector.

The Philippines is already preparing for the move from 4G to 5G. PLDT has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies to gear up for the launch of 5G technology in the country by 2020. Both companies will jointly conduct research and development on 5G in the Philippines.

Key developments:

The mobile subscriber market in the Philippines has displayed strong growth over the past few years in an expanding market.
Globe Telecom and PDLT were well underway with the expansion of their 4G networks.
Globe Telecom launched LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) four component carrier (4CC) spectrum aggregation technology.
PLDT intends to extend LTE coverage to 70% of the population by end-2017 and 95% of cities and municipalities by 2018.

Companies mentioned in this report include:
PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, Digitel, Extelcom, Bayantel

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