Mobile telephony, internet getting cheaper
The country’s mobile phone lines and broadband are getting cheaper not by a huge amount but its happening.
Based on the latest report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the price of telecommunications services overall has fallen by nearly 70 percent compared to last year.
ITU is a United Nations agency that coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world.
Cellular prices (defined as the average cost of 100 SMS and 30 mobile calls per month) made up 3.2 percent of the country?s average monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita in 2016, 3.42 percent lower than the year earlier.
The 2016 figure was at par with the Asia and the Pacific region?s average of 3.2 percent and well below the world average of 5.2 percent .
Fixed broadband prices (monthly subscription to an entry-level fixed-broadband plan, based on a monthly data usage of 1 GB minimum) accounted for 7.1 percent of GNI per capita, down 7.53 percent.
Mobile broadband prices for 500 MB and 1GB worth of data, on the other hand, each made up 2.1 percent of the GNI per capita. Both figures are lower than the Asia Pacific and world averages.
Between 2015 and 2016, mobile broadband services for 1GB data in particular have become more affordable, falling by 4.64 percentage-points. This means for every P100 in monthly GNI, every Filipino spends only P3.20 in mobile-cellular services, P7.10 in fixed broadband services, and P2.10 for either 500MB or 1GB data in mobile-broadband.
GNI per capita in the Philippines was $3,580 last year, at par with Indonesia?s $3,400.