The Philippines ranks 59th in GCI 2019.
Its GCI scores for 4G and smartphone penetration show a 1-point improvement over last year. For
mobile broadband subscribers, the Philippines achieved maximum score this year. There is also a
growing interest in cloud migration, Internet usage is expanding, and download speeds and mobile
broadband affordability also revealed ongoing improvements. Users of e-government services report
better experiences than last year.
The Philippines is a Starter in ICT, and many areas of the Philippine infrastructure are
underdeveloped. It has low scores for FTTH and broadband, which may hinder development into next
stage of ICT development. Greater attention is needed on education and building skills in the
workforce to enable sustainable development. It is imperative to expand public Internet services
quickly and efficiently. The government could play a crucial role startup role, gathering the
initial funding and introducing new technical capabilities. Policies that identify and address gaps
in supply and demand can also accelerate the development of the local ICT industry.