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Data on telecommunications are compiled by the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA).

Data on radio, television, over-the-top services and daily newspaper circulation are compiled based on data from various media industry players including Mediacorp, SPH Radio Pte Ltd, So Drama! Entertainment, Singtel, StarHub Cable Vision Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and Mediacorp Press Ltd.

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Key Indicators
Items Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y‑o‑Y)  1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y‑o‑Y)  2/
InfoComm and Media            
International Telephone Call Minutes  Million 2020 13,5443.8 -27.0 18,544,7 -19.1
Total SMS Messages Million 2020 6,121.5 -13.0 7,033.4 -2.0
Mobile Population Penetration Rate  % 2020 148.2 na 159.1 na

InfoComm

Title : Telecommunications, Annual

Data Items

2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020

Total Mobile Phone Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Total Mobile Subscriptions includes 3G and 4G subscriptions (including both pre-paid and post-paid). Statistics for 3G and 4G subscriptions are collected from May 2005 and March 2013 respectively onwards. With effect from April 2017, total Post-paid and Pre-paid Subscriptions (2G) has ceased service and it will only include 3G and 4G subscriptions (including both pre-paid and post-paid).

(Thousand)

8,420.7
8,093.3
8,211.4
8,399.7
8,462.8
8,389.5
9,076.6
8,427.5

Total Post-paid Subscriptions (2G), At End Of Period * This series has been discontinued. With effect from April 2017, total Post-paid and Pre-paid Subscriptions (2G) has ceased service.

(Thousand)

117.8
89.8
49.2
30.9
Na
Na
Na
Na

Total Pre-paid Subscriptions (2G), At End Of Period * This series has been discontinued. With effect from April 2017, total Post-paid and Pre-paid Subscriptions (2G) has ceased service.

(Thousand)

993.7
213.1
172.4
101.4
Na
Na
Na
Na

Total Subscriptions (3G), At End Of Period * Prior to November 2007, data cover post-paid subscriptions. With effect from November 2007, data include pre-paid and post-paid 3G subscriptions. Figures prior to December 2009 comprise both pre-paid and post-paid 3G subscriptions combined. Data breakdown for pre-paid and post-paid 3G subscriptions are available with effect from December 2009.

(Thousand)

5,258.3
4,608.8
3,913.5
3,412.1
2,349
1,787.5
1,651.1
769.6

Total Post-paid Subscriptions (3G), At End Of Period

(Thousand)

2,393.9
1,674.4
1,163.4
855.7
650
540.5
467
96.5

Total Pre-paid Subscriptions (3G), At End Of Period

(Thousand)

2,864.4
2,934.4
2,750.1
2,556.4
1,699
1,247
1,184.1
673.1

Total Subscriptions (4G), At End Of Period * Includes post-paid and pre-paid subscriptions.

(Thousand)

2,050.8
3,181.6
4,076.3
4,855.2
6,113.9
6,602
7,425.6
7,657.9

Total Post-paid Subscriptions (4G), At End Of Period

(Thousand)

Na
2,924
3,628.6
4,085.1
4,449.5
4,847.7
5,671.6
6,110.5

Total Pre-paid Subscriptions (4G), At End Of Period

(Thousand)

Na
257.6
447.7
770.1
1,664.4
1,754.3
1,754
1,547.4

Total Fixed Line Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Fixed Lines includes Direct Exchange Lines ('DEL') and IP Telephony subscriptions using Level '6' numbers.

(Thousand)

1,970.8
1,996.6
2,017.3
2,003.2
1,983.1
1,966.6
1,905.8
1,891.6

Residential Fixed Line Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Fixed Lines includes Direct Exchange Lines ('DEL') and IP Telephony subscriptions using Level '6' numbers.

(Thousand)

1,207.7
1,247.6
1,280.6
1,295.9
1,299.2
1,312.3
1,280.9
1,252.7

Corporate/Business Fixed Line Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Fixed Lines includes Direct Exchange Lines ('DEL') and IP Telephony subscriptions using Level '6' numbers.

(Thousand)

763.1
749
736.8
707.3
683.9
654.3
624.9
638.9

Total Dial-up Internet Subscriptions, At End Of Period * The first commercial Internet service, Singnet, was launched in July 1994. Figures prior to 1995 exclude subscriptions from academic, government and R & D organisations. From 2001, figures include contributions from Internet Access Service Providers (IASPs). From 2000, figures include fixed-line subscribers offered free Internet access by Singtel. With effect from April 2008, data cover paid Internet access subscriptions only, following the cessation of free dial-up Internet access offered by service providers by 31 March 2008.

(Thousand)

20.6
18.3
12.9
11.3
5.8
5.5
Na
Na

International Telephone Call Minutes * Prior to 1996, figures refer to financial year. From 1998 to 2000, figures include real-time fax and budget call services. Prior to 2001, figures exclude calls to Malaysia. From 2001, figures include traffic contributed by new service providers such as ISR operators. From July 2004, figures include traffic contributed by all Service-Based Operators (SBO). This figure includes total retail outgoing international call minutes as well as transit minutes and includes all Service-Based Operators (SBO).

(Million)

14,489.6
18,165.5
22,018.2
23,638.8
21,242
22,920
18,544.7
13,544.8

Total Broadband Internet Subscriptions, At End Of Period * With effect from April 2007, Total Broadband Subscriptions (i.e. for connection speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s, in one or both directions) includes retail xDSL, cable modems, leased line Internet, 3G, 3.5G/HSDPA, 4G/LTE, WiMAX or its equivalent and Wi-Fi hotspots access (including Wireless@SG subscriptions).

(Thousand)

10,653.6
11,537.2
11,992.1
12,543.8
13,072.9
11,855.5
12,308.6
11,366.4

Total Wireless Broadband Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Total Wireless Broadband Subscriptions includes all retail broadband Internet access subscriptions (i.e., for connection speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s, in one or both directions) provided via wireless platforms such as 3G, 3.5G/HSDPA, 4G/LTE, WiMAX or its equivalent and Wi-Fi hotspots (including Wireless@SG subscriptions). From 2018, the Wireless@SG subscriptions will only include active users for the month.

(Thousand)

9,260.1
10,083.3
10,518.8
11,088.9
11,602.5
10,365.6
10,811.1
9,848.8

Residential Wired Broadband Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Total ResidentialWiredBroadband includes all retail residential wired broadband subscriptions (i.e. for connection speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s, in one or both directions) provided over xDSL, cable modems, leased line and optical fibre. Residential wireless broadband subscriptions will be excluded.

(Thousand)

1,295.4
1,347.5
1,359.9
1,336.2
1,343.2
1,366.4
1,372.8
1,392.2

Corporate Wired Broadband Subscriptions, At End Of Period * Total CorporateWiredBroadband includes all retail corporate wired broadband subscriptions (i.e. for connection speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s, in one or both directions) provided over xDSL, cable modems, leased line and optical fibre. Corporate wireless broadband subscriptions will be excluded.

(Thousand)

98
106.5
113.4
118.8
127.1
123.6
124.7
125.5

Total Number Of SMS Messages * Data include SMS messages sent and received over the following mobile networks: - 2G (from July 2004 to April 2007), 3G (from May 2005) and 4G (from March 2013).

(Million)

17,893.4
13,508
11,447.9
9,780.3
8,487.3
7,179.1
7,033.4
6,121.5

Mobile Data Usage * Mobile data usage reflects the amount of bi-directional (the aggregated total downloaded) mobile data sent over the mobile networks, including MMS and any other data upload/download but excludes video telephony and SMS. The data usuage figures are monthly average figures for each quarter, derived by taking the total data usage in a quarter, and then dividing by three. 1 Petabyte is equivalent to 1,048,576 Gigabyte.

(Petabyte)

85.5
100.8
123.8
142.1
175.5
226.1
380
581.9
SOURCE : INFO-COMMUNCATIONS MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

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