This report profiles Singapore's information and communications technology (ICT) industry, discussing market trends and outlook through 2014 and beyond. The report also highlights leading players in the sector including Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, StarHub Ltd and M1 Ltd.
Singapore's ICT or infocomm industry saw a period of high growth during the last decade. Among the major Southeast Asian nations, Singapore had the highest penetration rate of mobile cellular subscriptions. The government has played a proactive role in promoting the country's ICT industry. Its vision is to transform Singapore into an intelligent nation (iN2015) powered by infocomm by 2015. As part of the iN2015 master plan, Singapore is looking into deployment of seamless, trusted and intelligent infrastructure that can support and enhance the sector. Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (Next Gen NII) is part of this initiative, which comprises a nationwide ultra-high speed fiber access infrastructure called the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) accompanied by a countrywide wireless network.
The ICT sector comprises five major segments: hardware, software, telecommunication services, information technology services, and content services. Hardware was the dominant segment in terms of total revenues as of 2013. Singapore is suited for hardware production because of its high-quality manufacturing systems that is backed by an established ecosystem of component manufacturers, EMS companies and logistics service providers. Singapore is also home to more than 80 of the top 100 software and services companies. Many companies, including the top 15 software firms, have regional or Asia Pacific headquarters in the country. IT services consisting of network and data management services form the backbone of the ICT sector. The advent of smart phones has brought a spurt in data related revenues for telecommunication firms. On the other hand, fixed line services are slowly but gradually losing subscriber base in the country.
The future of Singaporean ICT sector will be driven by cloud computing, social media, mobile devices and data usage of subscribers. Data traffic is growing at an exponential rate due to the rising popularity and use of social media and mobile applications. Advent of smart phones and tablets is further fuelling the rise in this traffic. The rise in penetration of smart phones and growing data usage will also require investment in infrastructure and network management services.
o Hardware was the dominant segment accounting for around 71% of total revenues as of 2013. The segment grew at a CAGR of 21% during 2007-13 and was responsible for driving the sector's growth. Other segments accounted for the remainder 29% and saw a subdued growth of 4.3% during the same period.
o 8% of the ICT industry's revenue came from the software segment as of 2013. Software revenues are primarily generated from selling or licensing software.
o 8% of the ICT industry's revenue came from the telecommunication services segment as of 2013. The annual revenue of the telecommunication services segment grew at a CAGR of 4% over the last six years.
o Singapore's ICT sector saw a story of contrasting fates in 2013. While there was steep growth in the revenues of the hardware, content services and IT services segment; the growth of telecom services and software segment remained subdued.
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Singapore Information and Communications Technology Industry Report - 2014 1. Industry Profile