NSCB says PH Internet penetration rate at 36%



Internet access in the Philippines has substantially grown as it now covers over a third of the country’s population.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said that rising economic activities led to an increase in demand for easily available information.

The Statistics agency on Friday said in a report that the Internet penetration rate in the Philippines rose to 36 percent last year from only 2 percent in 2000.

The increase in Internet penetration was consistent with trends seen in developing countries.

“We are having more and more Internet subscribers … [seeking] information in real time,” said Jose Ramon Albert, secretary general of the NSCB.

Citing data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the NSCB said the Philippines belonged to the top half of selected Southeast Asian economies in terms of Internet penetration rate.

Singapore had the highest rate estimated between 60 and 70 percent. Malaysia followed, with a range of 50 to 60 percent.

Vietnam followed with 30 to 40 percent, while that of Thailand fell somewhere between 10 and 20 percent.

Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Timor Leste, and Cambodia all registered penetration rates of less than 10 percent.

The NSCB said that, although Internet access has improved substantially in the Philippines and other developing countries, the disparity between their group and that of advanced economies remained huge.

In particular, it said, the average Internet penetration rate in advanced economies was estimated at 77 percent. This was far higher than the estimated average of 31 percent for developing countries.

“Disparities in technological and analytical capacities may yield a big divide … between advanced economies and the developing world,” the NSCB said.

Also, mobile subscription in the Philippines stood at 102 percent. This means some people each has more than one subscription.

This is consistent with the trend in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, according to the NSCB. In many Southeast Asian countries, mobile subscription rate was at least 100 percent.

The exceptions were Timor Leste, where the rate stood between 40 and 60 percent; and Vietnam and Myanmar, where the rates were 20 percent or less.


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  • Zim

    How ironic that Vietnam has 20% or less in mobile subscription while the internet penetration stood at 30-40% higher than Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Vietnam could be in the upper level of developing economies surpassing Malaysia and same level with Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong then.

    • totnuckers

      It’s because internet service in the Philippines is crappy at best. 5Mbps cost almost Php5k while in other country 25Mbps cost Php1350 only.

  • neverwint3r

    masyadong mabagal at unreliable ang internet sa pinas, these telcos are making a killing from their customers. since puro wireless na madali madisconnect, these telcos should instead invest on infrastructure and promote faster wired broadband service like adsl2+.

    sa bacoor, cavite, sabi ng smart yung lte me coverage daw but after having tried it, it’s very unreliable. they should put up more lte towers.

  • alex cruz

    di na daw kailangan baguhin constitution pag dating sa foreign ownership haayz

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Vietnam is more wired than connected.

    • Horst Manure

      And more switched on as their legal system is better than here and i guess more liayers there use the net as well.

  • turniphouse

    grabeh, ang mahal na nga ng monthly fee at rate per hour, super bagal pa! itong mga telcos ganid sa kita. hello, di hamak na mabils ang connection sa malaysia at vietnam no. wag na nating i mention ang singapore na sobrang bilis, ewan, sabihin na 4G ang techno pero mabagal pa rin.

  • picker_blend

    @36%? ang mahal naman kasi ng internet satin. poor service pa palagi – lalo na yung mga wireless. mahilig sa “up to…” palagi.

    • kismaytami

      Hindi lang poor ang service, pati connection poor din. Dapat kasi papasukin na ang mga foreign telco. Sobrang pampered na ang mga local telcos to the point na inaabuso na nila ang mga consumer.

      • gilmano

        Sana nga pumasok ang foreign players. Ito sana tinitingnan ng gobyerno natin. Pero tingnan mo nga ang NAIA voted “worst airport” in the world. Tagal ng issue yang sa NAIA pero ala pa rin nangyayari. Yan pa kayang Telcos? Baka pag si Binay ang naging presidente?

      • Christian

        ok na sana eh. biglang sumulpot si nognog? check mo ari arian nyan. sandamakmak din. wala namang trabaho yan dati bago mag mayor ng makati.

  • Mongoloid Ako

    Growth of internet penetration rate in PH substantial?

    33% na yan last 2010. Now that 2013 is almost over, we’re just at 36%. An overall increase of 3% is nothing to crow about.

    Despite the slow penetration of internet and the huge digital divide between the rich and poor Filipinos, Noynoy has done nothing bridge the gap. All he does is play his video games, or watch his favorite Korean boy bands and go after his fave Korean pop idols like some groupie. Bobo at tanga talaga itong si Noynoy ‘Mongol’ Aquino.

    • RJ

      Statistically speaking, 3% is substantial. It would have meant that an additional 2.8 million Filipinos have now have access to the Internet.

      What I really want to see though is that those with liberty and means to access the Internet would show higher “maturity rate”. The post above just proves that many are still irresponsible in expressing their sentiments online.

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