Find Computing and Office Supplies expertise in Singapore
- Computing Industry
Singapore has a developed and stable computing industry. PC penetration in Singapore is very high; in 2011 the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) recorded the percentage of homes in Singapore with a computer as 85% (2011). This is also reflected in internet usage statistics: 75% of people in Singapore had access to the internet in 2013 according to the World Economic Global Competitiveness Report, giving the country a rating of 22 out of the 144 countries included in the report. Broadband internet prevalence in the country is also very high with 25.5 subscriptions for every 100 people in the population. Singapore has the second highest score in the Global Competitiveness Report for the amount of mobile broadband subscriptions, equal to 110.9 subscriptions for every 100 people. Singapore is a very large producer of computing and electronics, which account for a large proportion of the manufacturing sector in Singapore, contributing 5.2% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 according to the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Exports of computer and office related machinery from Singapore amounted to 9.3% if the country’s total exports in 2010 (Observatory of Economic Complexity, 2010).
Singapore is home to a large number of local computer and office supplies distributors, manufacturers and consultants, catering for the whole computing market from design through to product use. Compatible Computer Systems Pte Ltd is a Singapore based manufacturing company specialised in manufacturing computer and computer related electronics. Local distributers include A & A Computer Enterprise, a company selling new and refurbished computers, as well as peripherals and software. One of the best known Singapore based consultancy companies is Eagle InfoTech Consultants Pte Ltd, a well-established company offering consumer consultancy and computer training programmes.
In the early 1980s the Singaporean government recognised the potential of the country as a global hub for information technology. The government establishment of the National Computer Board (NCB), now referred to as the IDA, represented the country’s focus on information technology as a method of developing the country’s economy. Singapore’s reputation in the global computing market is evident from the host of global hardware and software companies operating within the country’s borders. Multinational companies with headquarters in Singapore include IBM, Microsoft, HP, Apple, Seagate and Hitachi. The globally recognised company National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS) also has its roots in Singapore.
Singapore has a highly developed computing industry. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 rated Singapore as 12 out of 144 countries for the availability of the latest technologies, giving the country a total score of 6.3 out of 7, with 7 being the most advanced. Firm level technology absorption has an even more impressive score of 8 out of 144 and 6 out of 7, with government procurement of advanced technological products having an equally notable score of 2 and 5.3. Singapore’s results for the Global Competitiveness Report are comparatively higher than many surrounding countries.