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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Philippine IT Statistics (early 2004)

Chin Wong has an article opening up a discussion on number of .ph websites there are. The figure he has is 125,000. The figure I had in 2004 was 30,851. I also had a 2004 estimate for number of Philippine-related websites: 181,403 (in 2004).

From my digital archives, I thus resurrect some Philippine IT stats. These figures are from my research when I helped write a paper in 1st Quarter 2004. Read the notes further below for links (expect some loose liks) and other explanations.

Philippine facts
Total population (2002 projection): 79,503,675 a
Rural population as a percentage of total population: 42.32 % b
Key economic sectors: Agriculture, Services, Industry c
Literacy in national languages: 93.9% d
Functional literacy: 83.79 e
Computer ownership per 100 inhabitants: 1.93 f
Telephone lines per 100 inhabitants (2001): 8.91 g
Internet hosts per 10,000 inhabitants: 2.54 h
Internet café/telecentre per 10,000 inhabitants: 0.165 i
Internet users per 100 inhabitants: 4.27 j
Cell phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants: 15.897 k
Number of websites in the national language: 1,814 l
Number of websites in English and other languages: 181,403 m
National bandwidth within the country:
* Partial aggregate data: 31Mbps o
National bandwidth to and from the country:
* Partial aggregate data: 367 Mbps p
Ratio of incoming and outgoing Internet traffic volume:
80% incoming: 20% outgoing q

Sources for the chart “Philippines facts”
(a) Population projection 2002
(b) As of 1999, Global Competitiveness Report (2001-2002) Harvard
(c) National Economic and Development Authority (31 January 2002) 2001 Full Year Economic Performance (link)
(d) National Statistical and Coordination Board
Basic or simple literacy is defined by the National Statistics Office (NSO) as the ability to read and write with understanding simple messages in any language or
(e) NSO Functional literacy
Functional literacy is a significantly higher level of literacy which includes not only reading and writing skills but also numeracy skills. The skills must be sufficiently advanced to enable the individual to participate fully and
efficiently in activities commonly occurring in his life situation that require a reasonable capability of communicating by written language.
(f) Global Competitiveness Report (2001-2002) Harvard
(g) As of 2001. National Telecommunications Commission.
Total lines: 6,938,762 (2001)
(h) Global Competitiveness Report (2001-2002) – Harvard
(i) Based on 1,312 estimated cafés in 12 major cities in the Philippines percent5Cstatistics
Denominator used is 79.5 million Filipinos
(j) Based on 3.4 million Internet users. Internet Users Study by ACNielsen Consulting, June 2002 (as reported by ITNetcentral)
(k) As of June 2002. Based on 12,638,375 mobile phone subscribers as reported by Computerworld 2 September 2002, p.12. Denominator used is 79.5 million Filipinos.
(l) Through an e-mail interview, Ken Ilio (webmaster and owner of since 1986), the trend is one national language site per 100 English sites.
(m) (i) Statistics from indicate that it has a ratio of 5.88 Philippine related websites per .ph website.
(ii) Figures from indicate that there are 30,851 .ph websites.
(iii) Multiply total .ph websites to ratio and we have an estimate of Philippines related websites = 181,403 websites.
(n) National bandwidth within the country: 31Mbps (Partial aggregate data).
There are three Internet exchanges in the Philippines. The figure above does not include private peering of ISPs (ISP1 connecting to ISP2 without going through an Internet exchange).
References: Telephone and e-mail interviews published January 2002.
(o) National bandwidth to and from the country: 367 Mbps (Partial aggregate data)
(p) 80 percent incoming: 20 percent outgoing (As per e-mail interview)

Feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or concerns. I'm good for discussions. ;-)

ka edong


  • At 6:29 pm, Blogger thyme said…


    it's possible, no? i mean, pinoys found a way to repair blocked sim.

  • At 10:29 am, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    > it's possible, no? i mean, pinoys found a way to repair blocked sim.

    Hi Lauren,

    would you clarify please. What's possible?

    Salamat. ;-)

    ka edong

  • At 6:45 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Additional Philippine Internet Stats (excerpts from UNCTAD):

    Internet users in...
    A s i a / Phils / Malaysia / (year)
    243 406 / 3 500 / 8 692 / (2003)
    211 202 / 3 500 / 7 841 / (2002)
    150 535 / 2 000 / 6 347 / (2001)
    109 257 / 1 540 / 4 000 / (2000)

    Internet users per 10,000 people

    Place / 2003 / 2002 / 2001
    Asia / 674 / 584 / 417
    Phils / 440 / 440 / 256
    Malaysia / 3 453 / 3 197 / 2 656

    Number of hosts advertised in the Domain Name System

    P l a c e / 2004 / 2003 / % change

    Mal aysia / 107 971 / 86 285 / 25.13

    Philippines / 27 996 / 38 440 / -27.17

    World / 233 101 481 / 171 638 297 / 35.81

    At the other end of the
    ranking, of the five TLDs that recorded a decrease
    in the number of hosts in 2003, two correspond to
    developing countries (.kr of the Republic of Korea
    and .ph of the Philippines). The most likely explanation
    for these movements is a migration
    towards generic TLDs, as other indicators (such as
    the number of Internet users and of computers
    available) in these two countries continued to
    grow in 2003.

    sept 19, 2005


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