Globe vs PLDT: Which had more mobile subscribers in 2019?

Which telco reigned supreme?

Globe and Smart have released their Q4 2019 reports in the past weeks, which also contains key data driving their business including subscriber counts. Which telco reigned supreme in 2019? Here’s a quick snapshot of the data we saw through their recently-filed SEC reports.

We extracted mobile subscriber data from each of the respective companies’ Annual and/or Q4 2019 SEC filings. Here it is:

As of Dec. 31, 2019GlobePLDT
Postpaid2,690,5772,396,366
Smart: 1,469,407
Sun: 926,959
Prepaid91,513,70070,721,789
Globe: 44,815,390
TM: 46,698,310
Smart: 25,866,195
Sun: 6,547,231
TNT: 38,308,363
2019 total94,204,27773,118,155
2018 Total74,093,591 60,499,017
Difference+27%
added 20,110,686
+21%
added 12,619,138

Both Globe and Smart claim that the surge in numbers last year is because of the recently-enacted NTC memorandum that extends prepaid load validity to one year. Only a subscriber is considered inactive when he/she has not reloaded ninety days after the set one-year validity of their number’s prepaid load.

As a result, prepaid subscribers from both companies jumped in double-digit percentages last year. Globe added 51% more customers while PLDT’s mobile networks gained around 22%. Postpaid connectivity, on the other hand, is near-flat as they gain measly additional signups at 4% and 3%, respectively.

Globe, overall, is still the country’s number one telco in terms of mobile subscriber count. Their sweep across both prepaid and postpaid still puts them at the top.

Carl Lamiel
Carl writes tech stuff for WalasTech when he's not working for a national retail chain as its Digital Marketing head. Send him some love at @lamielcarl!