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Philippines - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • November 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 22 pages

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.

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.

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. 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 including local, domestic and international infrastructure together with overviews of the major fixed network operators along with specific IT developments including cloud computing and data centres.

Key developments:

The DTI and the NTC signed a MoA to strengthen laws to protect consumers against deceptive and unfair practices in the telecommunications industry.
PLDT introduced a quad-play service, bundling a mobile package with its voice, data and fibre services.
Globe Telecoms uccessfully integrated its recently-acquired Bayan Telecommunications (Bayantel) subsidiary into its operations.
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;'
BellTel was making a move to become the Philippines' fourth mobile operator after PLDT, Globe and ABS-CBN Mobile;

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, ABS-CBN Corp.

Table Of Contents

Philippines - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
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 Regulatory developments 2012 - 2015
5.3.1 NTC prepares to enforce internet service standards
5.3.2 Operators faced with major compensation bills
5.3.3 Network sharing
5.3.4 Anti-cable tapping law
5.3.5 Foreign ownership rules
5.3.6 Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
5.4 Access
5.4.1 Overview
5.4.2 Domain names
5.4.3 Minimum internet speeds
5.4.4 Cybercrime legislation
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
6.2 Globe Telecom
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Background
6.2.3 Operational Statistics
6.3 Bell Telecom
6.4 Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc (ETPI)
6.5 Bayantel
6.6 ABS-CBN aiming to be third telecom player'
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Internet exchanges
7.2 Fixed-line statistics
7.3 New developments
7.3.1 National Broadband Network (NBN)
7.3.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
7.3.3 Fibre Networks
7.4 International infrastructure
7.4.1 Statistics
7.4.2 Submarine
7.4.3 International gateways
7.4.4 Satellite systems
7.4.5 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services
7.5 Specific IT developments
7.5.1 Data Centres
7.5.2 Cloud Computing
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 Philippines' GDP real growth rate 2006 - 2016
Table 7 PLDT's capital expenditure 2008 - 2016
Table 8 PLDT fixed-line subscribers 2001; 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Historical - Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2002 - 2007
Table 10 Globe Telecom fixed-line subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 11 Historical - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1994 - 2004
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 13 Historical - Fixed lines proportion of urban and residential subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 14 Historical - Fixed lines installed versus lines in operation 2005 - 2014
Table 15 Total international internet bandwidth 2003 - 2016
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and penetration 2007 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Major submarine cables with landing points in the Philippines

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