Currently, there are 55 million pinoys who use mobile phones. And in 2010, its expected to reach 73 Million.
According to the report, mobile service users in the Philippines are expected to grow at an annual growth rate of 15% to reach 73 million by 2010. The rapid expansion of the mobile market will be possible as the two leaders in the market, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom, are improving the service quality to win the competition, and mobile broadband market is projected to expand rapidly due to the slow spread of fixed-line telephony. – source
Last year there it was reported that there were 88.5 million Filipinios. Which may mean that there are still 33.5 million pinoys without cellphones or does not use mobile phone services. 33.5 million may be the total number or infants or kids below 8 years old including the poorest of the poor here in the Country.
In another report which gives an overview of the trends and developments in telecommunications and digital media markets in Malaysia and the Philippines :
-after appearing to be close to saturation, the mobile market managed to grow another 30% in 2006 and subscriber numbers were continuing to increase into 2007;
-mobile penetration reached 51% (46 million subscribers) by early 2007, remarkable for a country with relatively low GDP per capita;
-the broadband Internet market finally started to grow in 2006, after years of insignificant development;
-there were an estimated 340,000 broadband subscribers in the country by end-2006 and this had rocketed to about 500,000 by mid-2007;
-the fixed-line market continued to be a problem for the country; teledensity stood at a low 4% and only a little more than half of all towns and cities in the Philippines have a basic telephone service;
-the Philippines telecom sector continues to contribute over 10% to the country’s GDP, boosted considerably by the booming mobile segment.
Promising figures for the mobile industry here in the Philippines!