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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 13 May 2007

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The future is looking bright for the infocomm industry


Discover Your Potential In The Exciting World Of Infocomm

Speech by Mr Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive & Director-General (Telecoms) Infocomm Development Authority Of Singapore

An Excerpt

No doubt, you would have heard of or better still, experienced the Wireless@SG service. This is a nation-wide wi-fi service available at public areas offering free access at 512 kbps.
I am happy to share that to date, we have 2,000 wireless hotspots available and more than 400,000 subscribers on Wireless@SG since its launch in December last year.
What this means is that more Singaporeans and even visitors to Singapore can enjoy an infocomm lifestyle while they are out of their homes and offices or on the move.
Infocomm will continue to be a strategic enabler and source of competitive advantage as we progress into a world that is increasingly digital and connected...
For now, you will be pleased to know that the future is looking bright for the infocomm industry.
In a recent survey conducted by IDA, the number of infocomm job vacancies has more than doubled, from 2,100 in 2004 to 5,700 in 2005.
In particular, there is demand for skills like Software Development, Infocomm Security, Database Management, IT Project Management and Web Services. And one of the highest numbers of employed infocomm professionals is in 'Programming & Software Design'...
Beyond growth prospects in the areas of infocomm job vacancies and demand, I am pleased to share with you that infocomm employees are today also enjoying higher salaries.
Recent articles in the Straits Times reported higher salaries for infocomm workers in Singapore. Salaries for top infocomm professionals have jumped up to $100,000 a year in recent years.
Overall, the infocomm industry has put in a sterling performance. Its revenue grew from $38 billion in 2005 to cross the $40 billion mark for the first time in 2006...
Given the pervasive adoption of infocomm in Singapore, and the power of infocomm to transform lives and businesses, it is little wonder that infocomm professionals are now in high demand in every industry, be it in hospitality, biomedical or financial services.
A career in infocomm comes with many opportunities to create intellectual property too. We are looking to you to be part of this dynamic workforce...

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Source: News Release 10 May 2007

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