This market research report is one of a series produced by the U.S. Commercial Service with practical information for U.S. companies about standards and conformity assessment issues affecting U.S. exporters in specific sectors, to improve their ability to access foreign markets. Existing standards-related market research such as the Country Commercial Guide standards sections offers a good introduction to the major standards and conformity assessment institutions. This report builds on the information by delving into conformity assessment procedures as they pertain to the computer sector in Singapore.
Singapore is a mature and sophisticated market for IT products and services. According to the 2006 survey carried out by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, 77% of Singaporean households owned at least one home computer and almost 9 in 10 households with school-age children had access to a home computer. Seventy-one percent of households had home Internet access and in these homes, almost all (97%) used computers as the mode of access while 9% used Internet-enabled cell phones. Usage of computers was 100% in businesses with more than 250 employees but the usage level declined to 62% for companies with fewer than 10 employees. Usage of infocomm network technologies was similarly higher for larger companies.
By Chia Swee Hoon