Smart Communications released their official statement standing firm on their grasp on telco leadership in the Philippines.
“Smart is the Philippines’ undisputed No. 1 mobile service provider” says their opening headline which came hours after Globe Telecom‘s claim of victory in the telecommunications industry’s top position.
Globe made headlines on Tuesday, April 7, when the Ayala-led company revealed during the Globe Annual Stockholders Meeting in Makati that they are now the No. 1 mobile network in the country. See related story here.
Smart refutes. See the official statement from Smart.
Smart is the Philippines’ undisputed No. 1 mobile service provider
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) continues to be the number one mobile service provider in the Philippines, in terms of both subscriber base and revenues.
As of end-2014, Smart led the market in subscriber base, with over 56.4 million subscribers in its prepaid, postpaid, and broadband services. Smart is also number one in terms of revenues, posting PHP92.0 billion, about 18% higher than the competition.
SMART and SUN CELLULAR
Together with Sun Cellular, the two wireless units of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) further dominate the industry in terms of both subscriber base and revenues.
Smart and Sun combined, has the largest subscriber base, with 72.8 million subscribers.
The two wireless units also posted combined revenues of Php 114.5 billion as of end-2014, about 47% higher than the competition, clearly giving the PLDT wireless group the strong and undisputed number one position in the mobile industry. – Smart (official press statement).
This telco giants competition is a clear indication of the growing clamor from subscribers of wanting a better prepaid, postpaid, and broadband services. The competition has upsides and downsides for both Smart and Globe (and yes for Sun, Talk n’ Text, and TM, too). We hope that their rivalry only stir positive effects for each network’s subscribers and not the other way around.
One great example of a wonderful result brought by this so-called telco wars is the offering of Free Facebook promo to their millions of subscribers. The impact was so huge that it disrupted mobile data deals of both Globe and Smart.
This is a never-ending telco war in the Philippines, awakening a great force where subscribers emerge as the real champions.
Feel free to comment below if you believe that Smart is the No. 1 mobile network in the Philippines.
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