In 2020, the Philippines’ mobile internet user penetration was nearly 72.1 percent. It was forecasted that by 2025, 77.1 percent of mobile phone users would access the internet via their mobile phones resulting in increasing mobile subscribers.
Mobile phone penetration in the Philippines
As of 2019, there were nearly 169 million mobile subscribers in the Philippines. Mobile phones have been a significant device for many Filipinos. Telecommunication operators provide mobile data plans for many mobile phone subscribers and for which mobile phone vendors have gained profit. Of the mobile phones available in the market, Samsung was the leading mobile vendor, accounting for almost 24 percent of the market share.
Slow adaption to mobile phones with latest cellular network technology in the Philippines
Throughout the years, the market saw an influx of mobile devices providing more sophisticated applications with the latest cellular network technology. While many Asian countries were quick to adapt to these developments, like the fourth generation (4G) broadband cellular network technology, the Philippines was slow to adapt. This was mainly due to the slow implementation of the necessary infrastructure needed by internet service providers. As of 2018, the Philippines had the lowest share of 4G mobile connections among other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Mobile phone internet user penetration in the Philippines from 2017 to 2025
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All figures are estimate. A detailed methodology can be found in the Statista Market Outlook.
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Statista. (July 15, 2021). Mobile phone internet user penetration in the Philippines from 2017 to 2025 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://www.statista.com/forecasts/975001/philippines-mobile-phone-internet-user-penetration
Statista. "Mobile phone internet user penetration in the Philippines from 2017 to 2025." Chart. July 15, 2021. Statista. Accessed January 30, 2023. https://www.statista.com/forecasts/975001/philippines-mobile-phone-internet-user-penetration
Statista. (2021). Mobile phone internet user penetration in the Philippines from 2017 to 2025. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: January 30, 2023. https://www.statista.com/forecasts/975001/philippines-mobile-phone-internet-user-penetration
Statista. "Mobile Phone Internet User Penetration in The Philippines from 2017 to 2025." Statista, Statista Inc., 15 Jul 2021, https://www.statista.com/forecasts/975001/philippines-mobile-phone-internet-user-penetration
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Mobile phone internet user penetration in the Philippines from 2017 to 2025 [Graph], Statista, July 15, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.statista.com/forecasts/975001/philippines-mobile-phone-internet-user-penetration