The Philippine broadband market, like its peers among the developing countries in Southeast Asia, is still picking up and the market is currently characterised by low competition among a few operators. Copper network coverage in the Philippines is also rather low and is largely limited to key business districts or in the capitals of some provinces. Investments in the telecommunications network, in general, is also largely funded by the private sector compared with other economies where public-private initiatives are pursued to expand network coverage into white spot areas. In this environment, mobile broadband services found its way to the hands and homes of consumers as a viable alternative to fixed broadband access, whereas in other countries, it is usually only a complementary service.
The current available broadband technologies in the market consist of ADSL, cable modem and fibre for fixed and 3G/HSDPA and LTE for mobile. Other technologies though limited only in certain areas are WiMAX, fixed wireless (such as WLAN variants) access and satellite.
Our goal in this article is to show the evolution of the Philippine broadband market, its competitive landscape and the market drivers for its growth.