Singapore by the numbers

The island-state is a hotbed of technology activities. Here are some quick facts.
Written by Isabelle Chan, Contributor
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Singapore may have a population of just 4.6 million, but it continuously strives to reinvent itself and is now nurturing a goal to be an intelligent nation by 2015.

Home computer ownership and broadband adoption have increased. In 2006, 88 percent of households with school-going children owned PCs, up from 86 percent in 2005. Home broadband adoption, including wireless broadband subscriptions, stood at 68.4 percent in April 2007, and the island-state is on track to achieving 75 percent broadband penetration by the end of the year.

Here is a look at Singapore's IT profile:

Households with computers: 78 percent in 2006, up from 74 percent in 2005
Households with Internet access: 71 percent in 2006, up from 66 percent in 2005
Household broadband penetration: 72.9 percent in August 2007; on track to achieving goal of 75 percent by year-end
Business broadband adoption in 2006: Less than 10 staff (44 percent); 10-49 staff (69 percent); 50-249 staff (83 percent); 250 and above (99 percent)
Residential broadband subscriptions: 848,300 in Q3 2007 compared to 546,800 in Q3 2005
Corporate broadband subscriptions: 86,800 in Q3 2007 compared to 59,200 in Q3 2005
Total wireless broadband subscriptions: 2 million in September 2007
Mobile phone penetration: 110 percent in August 2007
3G subscribers: 1.44 million in Q3 2007 compared to 66,200 in Q3 2005
Total SMS sent:1.02 billion in August 2007
IT spending for 2006:US$4.74 billion, projected to hit US$5.03 billion and US$5.34 billion in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Infocomm industry revenue in 2006: S$45.4 billion (US$31.3 billion), 19.9 percent increase from 2005; domestic revenue 36 percent, export revenue 64 percent in 2006
Projected SMB software-as-a-service spending for 2007:US$3 million
Per capita public sector IT spending in 2006:US$152.89. In Asia-Pacific, Singapore ranks third after New Zealand (US$198.78) and Australia (US$193.82), in terms of per capita spend on IT in the public sector
Desktop PCs shipped in 2006:365,084 units, projected to hit 396,881 and 402,014 units in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Portable computers shipped in 2006:451,990, projected to hit 609,981 and 805,618 units in 2007 and 2008, respectively
x86 servers shipped in 2006: 29,712, projected to top 33,254 and 34,064 units in 2007 and 2008, respectively
PDA/handhelds shipped in 2006:29,000 units, projected to fall to 20,700 and 17,000 units in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Software vendor revenues in 2006:US$641.3 million, projected to top US$787.8 million and US$728.1 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Security vendor revenues (include software, hardware and services) in 2006:US$129.4 million, projected to hit US$146.6 million and US$162.8 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Storage hardware revenues (include tape drives, tape automation, fiber channel switches, external disk storage systems) in 2006:US$207.06 million, projected to drop to US$175.07 million and US$174.48 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Discrete outsourcing market size (where a select component of a company's IT environment is outsourced):US$351.96 million in 2006, projected to top US$401.84 million and US$436.88 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively
Enterprisewide outsourcing market size (a comprehensive outsourcing contract which includes more than one discrete component):US$235.07 million in 2006, projected to top US$243.78 million and US$251.94 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively
IT manpower:119,700 in 2006, 7.5 percent increase from 2005. Government aims to create 55,000 new infocomm jobs by 2015, pushing the total number up to 170,000
Average annual salary of IT professionals in 2006: S$64,943 (US$41,501), making Singapore IT pros the second-highest paid after Hong Kong, according to ZDNet Asia's IT Salary 2006 survey across seven countries

Source: IDA, Wikipedia, Statistics Singapore, IDC Asia-Pacific, Springboard Research, ZDNet Asia IT Salary 2006 survey

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