"The telecommunications duopoly is about to end,” President Duterte promises. expecting the competition to improve services and lower prices. He invited the Chinese to be the third player in the Phillippines in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Incumbent PLDT is responding by connecting 100 buildings and 35b Super-vectoring and some other places. PLDT is buying the gear from Huawei. ZTE had little chance at the order after the $100M bribery a few years back.
Foreign-owned PLDT has a near monopoly on the Philippine Internet (85%) and minimal regulation. As you can see in the chart at left, their capex has been going down despite a dismal Philippine Internet. Filipinos have the slowest Internet in Asia, as you can see in the chart below from Akamai.