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Singaporeans really at home on the Web

DPA , SINGAPORE

The Internet has become a way of life in Singapore, with nine out of 10 people preferring to use e-mail to communicate with each other than resort to different means, said government data published in the Sunday Times.

Nearly three-quarters of households own personal computers, and 28 percent of households own two or more.

Twenty-five years ago "it would have been completely inconceivable to envisage the extensive use of IT [information technology] as an enabling tool in every home and office," said Lee Boon Yang (李文獻), minister for information, communication and the arts.

The IT industry pulled in S$37 billion (US$22.7 million) in revenue last year, a healthy 8 percent growth over figures for a year earlier, according to Infocomm Development Authority figures cited by Lee.

The IT sector now regularly contributes more than 6 percent of the city-state's GDP.

A survey last year of IT usage also showed that more than half of the households with Internet access are already on broadband connections.

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