Communications in the Philippines

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Telephones - main lines in use: 7.3 million (1997)

  • 9 international gateways; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Pacific Ocean); submarine cables to Hong Kong, Guam, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan

Radio broadcast stations: AM 369, FM 583, shortwave 5 (2003)

Radios: 11.5 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 233 + 1373 CATV networks (for list of television stations in the Philippines, see the Philippine section of Television network.)

Televisions: 3.7 million (1997)

Mobile Phone Users: 67.9 million (2008)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 93 (1999)

Internet Users: 24 million (2009 est.)

Country code (Top level domain): PH



Area Codes

Philippine Tel Country Code: 63

Fixed-Line Phones

Mobile Phones

1: Includes Globe Gizmo (postpaid/prepaid), Globe Handyphone (postpaid/prepaid), Globe Platinum (postpaid) and Touch Mobile (prepaid)
2: Includes Addict Mobile (postpaid/prepaid), Smart Buddy (prepaid), Smart Gold (postpaid), Smart Infinity (postpaid), Smart Kid (postpaid/prepaid), and Talk 'N Text (prepaid)
3: Red Mobile is a brand under CURE, Inc., a subsidiary of Smart Communications

Republic Acts affecting Telecommunications

  • August 10, 1963: 3846, An act providing for the regulation of radio stations and radio communications in the Philippine Islands, and for other purposes.
  • December 21, 1989: 6849, An act providing for the installation, operation and maintenance of public telephones in each and every municipality in the Philippines, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.
  • March 1, 1995: 7925, An act to promote and govern the development of Philippine telecommunications and the delivery of public telecommunications services.

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