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Philippines Telecommunications 

For information on Philippines telecommunication company contact details, please see the following link:

4.11 Philippines Additional Services Contact List

Telecommunications in the Philippines has tremendous growth in mobile and text messaging in recent years. SMS is used in preference to traditional voice calls, penetrating even low-income areas through pre-paid package services. Mobile networks now cover 90 per cent of Philippines population (although only 70 percent of the country geographically). Wireless broadband has also rapidly growing providing wireless internet connection to mobile phones and computer devices with the introduction of 3G networks in the market. Landline or fixed line network has been a reliable communications in the Philippines. Although overtaken by the mobile network in the market, this is still the preferred communication for voice calls and internet connection. This is due to the non-meter call rate imposed within the area of subscription.

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

(Yes / No)



Does it allow international calls?

(Yes / No)


On average, number and length of downtime periods


Mobile phone providers (List)

Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, Sun Cellular (Digital Mobile Phils.)

Estimated availability and coverage

(Approximate percentage of national coverage)

Available nationwide with Smart Communications on widest coverage area, followed by Globe and then Sun.

NOTE: Subscription is available in a pre-paid or post-paid plan. Pre-paid SIM cards are available for purchase in shopping centres and convenient stores without any documents while Post-paid SIM cards are available at the provider’s business centres/hub/shop and identification documents are required for billing purposes.

Telecommunication Regulation

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is the sole body that exercises jurisdiction over the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country. Their responsibilities include the following:

  • Authorize, supervise, regulate and monitor the operation of public telecommunication services and broadcast services.
  • Undertake frequency management activities and ensure effective use of the radio spectrum.
  • Undertake the registration and licensing of radio transceivers and stations including radio stations for commercial, maritime, aeronautical, broadcast, common carrier, amateur, personal and government radio communication services.
  • Establish, promulgate, implement and enforce technical standards as well as rules and regulations for the effective use of telecommunication and broadcast facilities.
  • Manage and administer the radio frequency spectrum, including the imposition of reasonable spectrum usage fees.


Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority




HF Radio



UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile



UHF/VHF repeaters









Individual Network Operator Licenses Required
Network Radio Station License from National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) is required to install and operate HF/VHF/UHF radio network.
Frequency Licenses Required
HF/VHF/UHF Frequency Licenses has to be obtained from NTC to operate on the frequency needed in the radio network.

For information on Phillippines Telecommunications licencing procedures, please see the following document:

Philippines Telecommunications Licencing Procedures

Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

There are four existing humanitarian telecoms systems in the Philippines which are operated from Manila, Davao, Cotabato and Iligan. These systems are HF and VHF using Motorola equipment. Manila and Davao are UNDSS installations while Cotabato and Iligan are WFP installations. All of the Telecoms systems are operated by UNDSS radio room except Iligan and frequencies are shared to all UN agencies operating in the areas.

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems




VHF frequencies


HF frequencies




Manila, Tagaytay, Antipolo, Olongapo,

Davao, Cotabato, Malalag, Makilala,

Pikit, Cotabato and Iligan

Cotabato, Pikit,

Iligan, Marawi