Telecommunications in the Philippines

Telecommunications in the Philippines are 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
globe,tm,sun,tnt,and smart duddy.


SIMs in use
103 million (2012)[1]
Mobile prefixes used
Numbers are coded base on network providers ranging from 0800 to 0999,[2] and international code for Philippines replace the zero to make an international call to the Philippines that would make it +63800 to +63999

Radio and Television

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


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
320 (2011)
Internet Users
30 Million (2011)
Country code (Top level domain)
.ph and

Area codes

Republic acts affecting telecommunications


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.[3]

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.

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