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Internet Usage Statistics:
33,600,000 Internet users as of Dec/11, 32.4% of the population, according to Nielsen.

Latest Population Estimate:
107,668,231 population for 2014, according to the US Census Bureau.

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Map and data for Philippines.

Internet Growth in Philippines:




% Pop.

Usage Source




2.6 %





9.3 %





14.6 %





24.5 %





32.4 %


Philippines Internet News and Reports:

Philippines to Reach 6.3 Million Gamers in 2008

Philippines Profile by the BBC

Philippines Search Engines and Local Directories:



Filipino Directory for websites of the Philippines, links to virtual library. (Davao, Mindanao).



Directory for the Philippines, and other Asian countries.


English and Filipino

Google search engine for Philippines, in English and also in Filipino.



Open Directory Project (dmoz) for Philippines in English and also available in several languages.



Philippine Web Directory. Site in Korean.



Philippines Search Engine.



The Philippines' most comprehensive and largest human-edited web directory. Online since 1994.



Yahoo! Asia's Philippines Edition search service.

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Internet and Telecommunications in Philippines:

In 1992 the Philippines had one of the lowest levels of telephone penetration in Asia: slightly more than 1 per 100 inhabitants. By 1995 there were about 60 telephone companies, but most were operating only in urban areas and the long-distance traffic was controlled by a single company, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. In 1995 a new telecommunications policy act was passed which, although still favoring the dominant carrier, acted to both deregulate telecommunications and increase coverage in more rural areas. One result was an increase in the number of phone lines to almost 4 per 100 inhabitants by the end of 1999. However, the cost of a phone call to the United States is more than 120 times the cost of a flat rate local call. In June 1999 the Philippine League for Democratic Telecommunications called for a boycott of both local and long distance telephone services to protest the high rates being charged and the threat of incipient call metering.

In the Philippines the Internet is growing. Although there are almost 100 Internet Service Providers in the Philippines, most of them have connections through backbones located in the United States. Internet dial-up connection charges are approximately 2 dollars hourly (or 33 dollars for up to 60 hours monthly). This fee is approximately 80% higher than similar charges in the United States. Since GNP per capita in the Philippines is only 12% of that in the United States, it is clear that access to the e-world is currently limited to the wealthier citizens and companies. In 2000 Internet users were approximately 2,000,000. In 2003 this number had increased to 3,500,000 Internet surfers.

According to the research group BSBC Hook UAI, there were 1,925,649 Internet users in 2004 in Metro Manila belonging to the A, B and C classes, ages ranging from 13 to 30 years old, as compared to 1,885,465 in 2002, indicating a 21.3-percent increase.

The Internet café has been the growth driver of online gaming with a 38-percent share from January to June 2004, with Metro Manila registering the highest share with 41 percent, followed by Central Luzon with 17 percent. Since the Philippines has a low personal computer (PC) penetration rate estimated at less than 10 percent of the total population, the Internet café has provided access to online gaming and the Web to many Filipinos.

Philippines - Internet and E-Services Report
The Internet has not yet really taken off in the Philippines. With an estimated Internet user population of 6%, penetration is among the lowest in Asia. The Internet sector is, however, well positioned for growth, with a deregulated market, strong government support for IT development, and an increasingly Internet savvy population. The growth of e-commerce will, in turn, depend on increasing the accessibility of Internet, greater PC penetration and enactment by the government of appropriately strong e-commerce legislation. This report looks at the development of the Internet and e-commerce in the Philippines.
See report summary.

Philippines - Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview Report
Whilst the Philippines telecommunications sector has witnessed considerable investment and activity since deregulation in 1993, the market has fallen short of its potential. However, there is considerable optimism that this is about to change. This report provides a statistical overview of the Philippine market. The difficulty in obtaining accurate statistical information on the market is noted, for some indicators only 2003 official figures being available. Although the National Telecommunications Commission solicits information from the operators, compliance is not high, the respondents interpret measures in different ways and the information, once received, is not always compiled.
See report summary.

Philippines - Broadband Market Report
Compared with many of its Asian neighbours, the Philippines is moving slowly on the adoption of Internet. Of the estimated 6% of the population who are the Internet users population, only a fraction of these go online with a broadband connection. Nevertheless, the data and Internet markets are well positioned for growth. Future growth will depend on the provision of reliable infrastructure, especially in the area of broadband Internet. As of late 2004, PLDT and BayanTel were leading the broadband market. This report looks at the various initiatives to provide broadband services in the country as the government continues to encourage development.
See report summary.

Philippines - Telecommunications Infrastructure Report
The Philippines telecommunications sector has witnessed substantial investment in infrastructure, driven initially by the Service Area Scheme (SAS) for fixed-line development in the 1990s and, more recently, by the burgeoning mobile telephony market. The fixed-line strategy, however, has resulted in a massive under-utilisation of infrastructure, with only a 50% occupancy of installed fixed line capacity. This has raised serious questions about the SAS process and other policy decisions. This report provides an overview of the local, national and international infrastructure that has been put in place.
See report summary.

Philippines to Reach 6.3 Million Gamers in 2008

MANILA, Jan. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- The number of online gamers in the Philippines will reach 6.3 million by 2008, said a research released by the International Data Corporation (IDC). The increase is driven by the availability of new online gametitles and more broadband connections.

The communities of friends or families forming "clans" when playing online also perform as a driving sector in social aspect, it said. The research also estimated that the online gaming subscriptions in the country will grow 58.4 percent annually from 2002 to 2007.

IDC Philippines Research Manager Manuel Ravago told reporters that the ultimate success of new online game distributors would depend on flexible business models.
Alliances among Internet service providers, game distributors and telecommunications companies could also boost the growth of the Philippine online gaming industry, Ravago said.

Based on the research, the IDC also forecast that the Philippines internet usage will record a growth of 23 percent annually and reach 21.5 million by 2008.

Source: Xinhaunet Press Release

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