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Singapore ICT Industry 1H12
Emerging Markets Direct, June 2012, Pages: 37
Singapore: ICT covers the sector overview, policy framework, regulatory environment. It also covers the recent policy initiatives,industry SWOT, and market outlook, plus the profile, comparative matrix, and SWOT analysis of the industry leading players: Singapore Telecommunication Limited, M1 Limited, StarHub Limited
Singapore’s GDP grew by 4.9 percent in 2011, as opposed to the 14.5 percent GDP growth in 2010. This subdued growth was due to lower growth in total trade of the country, which grew by 8 percent year on year while exports grew by 7.5 percent in the same period. However, the ICT Industry of Singapore recorded some significant milestones during the course of 2011. The mobile cellular penetration rate almost touched the 150 percent mark and was recorded at 149.6 percent by the year-end. The size of ICT industry estimated at SGD 75 billion by year’s end.
The Government of Singapore has played a proactive role in promoting the country’s ICT industry. The Singapore government sees the infocomm sector as a growth driver of the economy. The government’s vision is to transform Singapore into an intelligent nation (iN2015) powered by infocomm by the year 2015. As part of the iN2015, Master plan, Singapore looked into deployment of seamless, trusted, and intelligent infrastructure that can support and enhance the infocomm industry. Next Gen NII is part of this initiative. The Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) comprises a nationwide ultra-high speed fiber access infrastructure accompanied by a countrywide wireless network.
In the year 2011, fixed line penetration remained stagnant and was hovering around the 40 percent population penetration mark. The growth in fixed line subscription also remained low with people preferring to go with cellular services. The segments, which showed signs of promise, were wireless broadband and 3G mobile services. Numbers of wireless broadband subscriptions in Singapore rose by around 20 percent, to reach a figure of more than 7.8 million, and crossed the 150 percent population penetration mark. By year’s end, 3G post-paid and pre-paid mobile subscriptions grew by 10 percent and 57 percent YoY respectively. On the other hand, 2G post-paid and pre-paid mobile subscriptions registered a decline of 29 percent and 22 percent respectively in the same period. The total activated bandwidth owned by Singapore operators resulting in an internet traffic, increased by 40 percent YoY in June 2011 which shows the rise in usage of data services by the subscribers. We expect the wireless broadband subscriptions to cross the 8.7 million mark by the end of year 2012.
For the fiscal year ending March, SingTel continued to lead the industry by recording operating revenues of SGD 6.5 billion from its Singapore operations, a year on year growth of 2 percent. StarHub recorded the highest EBIDTA growth of 11 percent among the top three telecom players, the other two being SingTel and M1. EBIDTA. Margin for the top three players on an average was around 35 percent during this period with M1 having the highest at 40 percent
1. Industrial Profile
1.1. Sector Overview
1.2. Sector Size
1.3. Competitive Landscape
1.4. Environmental Scanning
1.5. Recent developments in the industry
2. Market Trends and Outlook
2.1. Key Economic Indicators-Singapore
2.2. iN2015 Master Plan
2.3. Computer & Internet Usage Statistics
2.4. Manpower Development
2.5. Telecommunication Trends and Indicators
2.6. Industry Forecast
3. Leading Players
3.1. Singapore Telecommunications Limited
3.2. StarHub Limited
3.3. M1 Limited
3.4. Key Financial Information on Leading Players
3.5. Comparative matrix
3.6. SWOT analysis of leading players
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