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Mobile communications and Internet in the Philippines

Compared to the United States, the Philippines has a slight downturn in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +63, there were a total of 167.93 million connections in 2021. Among them were 163.35 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 425,812 webhosts, the Philippines is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 12,444 of these, or about 3 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed network

With an average download speed of 92.09 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, the Philippines rank 42nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 91.62 Mbit/second (21st place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, the Philippines come 86th with a download speed of 25.27 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 6 Mbit was only enough for 129th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.

Mobile phone rates in the Philippines

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 9.10 was calculated the Philippines in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in the Philippines spends 3.3% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.

Network coverage with 5G

In 2021, network coverage with the 5G standard was already 60.60 percent of all inhabitants. The proportion of the population with at least 4G mobile Internet access was 80.0 percent. The 4G network standard includes both LTE and WiMAX.

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

Access to the internet in the Philippines from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in the Philippines 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerThe Philippines is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 53 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 8 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

All international calling codes

Distribution in 2021Philippines
Internet users59.99 m52.68 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users9.62 m8.45 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines4.58 m4.03 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars163.35 m143.44 %361.66 m108.97 %

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