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.