Telecommunication in the Philippines

Compared to the European Union, the Philippines is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +63, there were a total of 171.49 million connections in 2019. Among them were 167.32 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, the Philippines is back. Around 43% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 4% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 425,812 webhosts, the Philippines is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 28.69 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the Philippines ranked 103rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 28.65 Mbit/second (60th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, the Philippines comes 110th with a download speed of 18.49 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 5 Mbit was enough for 134th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in the Philippines from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in the Philippines 2001 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Philippines
Total
Philippines
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users4.18 m3.87 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines4.17 m3.85 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars167.32 m154.76 %547.36 m122.31 %