For global tech companies and startups, the attraction of alpha+ world city, Singapore, can be linked to its prime location, large content distribution networks, pro-business government and political stability.
The city-state’s corporate tax rate of 17% (the lowest in the APAC region) and generous economic incentives have also aided Singapore’s bid to attract entrepreneurs and foreign investment.
Singapore is one of the fastest-growing data hubs in Asia. With its own Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN), Singapore is interconnected with over 15 international undersea cables. Singtel is the local incumbent since deregulation, with other major telecommunications providers being Superloop, Starhub and M1. Singapore is considered the #2 shipping port in the world and #1 for international competitiveness.
Based on a combined score that factors in data center density, service provider connectivity and total network fabrics, Singapore earned the #12 spot in Cloudscene's Fast 50 Markets to Colocate in 2018. Did you know you can compare important market data side-by-side? Compare Singapore now.
The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state in the Asia Pacific region. An important financial and intercontinental connection point for the world, Singapore has a population of over 5.54 million and an internet literacy rate of 82% (4.54 million internet users).
Data Center & Telecommunications Economy
Singapore’s telecommunications sector is considered one of the most advanced globally, boasting an enviable network infrastructure and first-class connectivity. And with a strong government influence advocating innovation and growth, Singapore was able to top the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Network Readiness Index (NRI) for the second year running.
The total GDP of Singapore is over US $293 billion and with a contribution of 7% from the digital economy, Singapore’s data center industry is thriving. Besides Singapore’s data centers, the digital economy includes 2.02 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 8.21 million mobile telephone subscriptions.
Data Center Markets
Home to 24 submarine cables, Singapore is also one of the most cloud-connected locations in the world, with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer and Google Cloud present in the island city-state. Alibaba also recently revealed that it had selected Singapore as one of seven locations to host its research labs, part of the company’s new US $15 billion global research programme.
A major interconnection point for intercontinental traffic between Asia and America, Singapore has 71 data centers. The region’s large carrier neutral data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to 421 service providers.
Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market based on various criteria including ecosystem size and network size.
Richest Data Center Ecosystems
The top five colocation facilities in Singapore are:
Top Data Center Operators
The top five data center operators in Singapore are:
Top Service Providers
The top five cloud service providers in Singapore are:
Energy is a significant issue for data centers worldwide, whilst Singapore has reliable power infrastructure, its green energy is rather limited at 3.9%. Data center enterprises enjoy a range of PUE scores in Singapore, between 1.35 and 1.80. The average PUE for Singapore’s data centers is 1.57. Singapore’s colocation facilities provide over 417.75 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 1.50 kW to 5.40 kW.
Singapore is relatively safe from natural disasters, which is further reinforced with a risk score of 2.27% according to the world risk report. The city-state is sufficiently distant from the nearest tectonic plate line, indicating a very low risk of earthquake activity. The most prominent natural disaster risk in Singapore comes from flooding. The last significant flood occurred in 2013.
Singapore’s communications industry is regulated by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Major players in the carrier space include:
- TPG Telecom
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers in Singapore.