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									Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology
                                Technical Meeting 2004




Singapore Country Report


Stevens Ng
December 1, 2004
Content of Presentation

 General Information on Statistics Collection in Singapore
   Country level
   Sectoral levels
 Types of Surveys Conducted
 Indicators Collected & Major Findings
 Concluding Remarks
1/   Statistics Collection in Singapore
Statistics Collection in Singapore
 National Level
    Department of Statistics
        A department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry
        Empowered to collect national statistics by the Statistics Act, 1990 and
        Census Act, 1990
 Sectoral Level
    IDA is the national agency (statutory body) responsible for the
    Infocomm sector and its functions comprise
        Promotion and development of the entire sector
        Promotion and regulation of the telecommunications segments
        Collaborate with other national agencies / public and private bodies
    Research and Statistics Unit within IDA operates under the aegis of the
    Statistics Act
        Collection of ICT national statistics
        Coordination and timing of collection and sharing of data
        Maintenance of Standards and Methodologies
Definition of Infocomm Sector

 Infocomm sector definition based on the needs of the national
 economy and the focus of infocomm development
 Current definition generally compatible with OECD
    For international reporting and comparison
 Differences due to special characteristics of Singapore’s
 economic structure and the domestic Infocomm sector:
    Exclusion of most manufacturing activities
    Inclusion of new developments e.g. online digital media
    Inclusion of certain businesses that have high ICT content / ICT
    sales
2/   Types of Surveys
Types of Surveys

 5 Key Surveys:
   Annual Survey on Infocomm Usage in Households
   and by Individuals
   Annual Survey on Infocomm Usage in Businesses
   Annual Survey on Infocomm Industry
   Annual Survey on Infocomm Manpower
   Quarterly Business Expectation Survey of Infocomm
   Industry
Other Surveys

 Ad Hoc surveys on specific topics /segments
   TrustSg Awareness Survey
   e-Govt Action Plan Survey
   Connected Community Survey
   ICT Expenditure Survey
   Study on On-line Game Adoption etc
3/   Major Indicators & Findings
Major Indicators

 Computer Ownership and Usage – Household Profiles
 Internet Access & Usage – Users Profiles
 Broadband Access – Growth, Household Profiles
 E-Commerce & Online Shopping – Values & Types
 Size of Infocomm Sector – Components of Domestic &
 Export, Revenues, Destinations
 Infocomm Manpower - Number, Categories & Profiles
 IT Usage in Businesses – Internet Access, Usage of
 Infocomm Technologies, Wireless, Web Services & E-
 Commerce
Major Findings (2003) –
Households & Individuals

  Home Computer ownership - 74%
  Household Internet access - 65%
  Household Broadband access - 40%
  Computer Users – 63% of Population
  Internet Users – 51% of Population
  20% of Internet Users ever engaged in Online Shopping
Major Findings (2003) –
Businesses & Industry

  Usage of IT appliances – 83% of all businesses
  Internet access - 76% of all businesses
  Broadband access - 54% of all businesses
  E-Commerce – 42% of businesses using IT
  Total Industry Revenue – S$30.6B in 2001 to S$32.8B in
  2003 (Growth - 7.1%). Forecast to reach S$37.3 by 2005
  (Growth - 7.4%)
  Hardware Retail and Software – 61.6%
Major Findings (2003) –
Manpower

 104,000 Infocomm Manpower (2.5% of total population)
 – 4.9% of national labour force

 Approx. half employed in Infocomm Organisations
 80% had tertiary education (54% had degrees or higher
 qualifications) compared with 29.5% in national labour
 force
 Two-thirds were males; 75% below 40 years of age
 Projected demand for Infocomm Manpower 4% p.a.
4/   Concluding Remarks
Challenges

 Increasing demand for more surveys
   Infocomm sector is fast developing – requiring greater depth and
   scope
 Small population base
   Uncertain time – requiring more data and information
   Respondent fatigue – uncertain / unreliable responses
  Thank you
www.ida.gov.sg

								
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