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Telecommunications in the Philippines

Telecommunications in the Philippines is well-developed due to the presence of modern infrastructure facilities. The industry was deregulated in 1995, leading to the creation of many telecommunication service providers for mobile, fixed-line, internet and other services.

Facts and figures


Telephones - main lines in use
6.782 million (2011)
  • 9 international gateways; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Pacific Ocean); submarine cables to Hong Kong, Guam, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan


SIMs in use
103 million (2012)[1]

Radio and Television

Radio broadcast stations
AM 369, FM 583, shortwave 5 (2003)
11.5 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations
233 + 1373 CATV networks (For list of television stations in the Philippines, see the Philippine section of Television network.)
3.7 million (1997)


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
320 (2011)
Internet Users
29.8 million (2010)
Country code (Top level domain)

Area codes

Republic acts affecting telecommunications

  • August 10, 1963: 3846, An act providing for the regulation of radio stations and radio communications in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes.
  • December 21, 1989: 6849, An act providing for the installation, operation and maintenance of public telephones in each and every municipality in the Philippines, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.
  • March 1, 1995: 7925, An act to promote and govern the development of Philippine telecommunications and the delivery of public telecommunications services.


SMS services are very common in the Philippines, from news briefs to multimedia services. Civilian logistical communication through SMS was an important part of the EDSA II revolt in 2001 that overthrew the government of President Joseph Estrada.[2]

Calling to the Philippines

A lot of Filipinos work outside of their country and they keep contact with their families back home using calling cards to the Philippines because those are cheaper than direct calling. Some people use e-mail or Instant messaging, but the preferred method is still the phone.

Telecommunications regulatory environment in the Philippines

LIRNEasia's Telecommunications Regulatory Environment (TRE) index, which summarizes stakeholders’ perception on certain TRE dimensions, provides insight into how conducive the environment is for further development and progress. The most recent survey was conducted in July 2008 in eight Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines. The tool measured seven dimensions: i) market entry; ii) access to scarce resources; iii) interconnection; iv) tariff regulation; v) anti-competitive practices; and vi) universal services; vii) quality of service, for the fixed, mobile and broadband sectors.

See also



  1. ^ Telcos report record number of customers
  2. ^ People Power II in the Philippines: The First E-Revolution?

External links

  • National Telecommunications Commission
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