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27 May 2018

Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) ICT Spending Including New Tech Expected to Exceed USD 1.5 Trillion in 2021, According to Latest IDC Black Book

Innovation accelerators are expected to drive ICT Growth with CAGR of 16.6% over 2016 to 2021

SINGAPORE, May 28th, 2018 – Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) information and communications technology (ICT) spending, including new technologies will reach USD 1.5 trillion in 2021, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Black Book: 3rd Platform Edition. IDC also estimates that Innovation Accelerators such as 3D Printing, AR/VR, Cognitive AI, IoT, Robotics, and Security will grow 16.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016-21, or at a faster pace than four pillar technologies like big data & analytics, cloud, mobility, and social, which is projected to grow at 5.2% CAGR.

“Innovation accelerators, including Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, robots and drones, augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets, and 3D printers, will account for almost 40% of the total ICT spending by 2021 estimated around USD 619.1 billion,” said Ashutosh Bisht, Research Manager for Customer Insights and Analysis, IDC Asia Pacific. In terms of contribution to total ICT spending, the share of the four pillars to overall APeJ market will decline from 49.7% in 2017 to 43.9% in 2021.

China accounts for 60.7% of the overall 3rd platform ICT spending in 2018, followed by ASEAN countries with 11.5.% share. Meanwhile, India will observe double-digit growth rate with CAGR of 11.1% for the five-year forecast period (2016-21), followed by the Rest of Asia/Pacific (developing)* with a CAGR of 9.7%.

The latest version of IDC's Worldwide Black Book: 3 rd Platform Edition  includes forecasts for 33 countries segmented by 44 technologies and 11 platforms. IDC defines the 3rd Platform as a leading driver and force of innovation consisting of the Four Pillars of cloud, mobility, big data & analytics, and social, plus the Innovation Accelerators  of IoT, robotics, cognitive AI, AR/VR, 3D printing, and next-generation security.

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*IDC defines Rest of Asia Pacific (developed) as countries HK, Korea and Taiwan; while ROAP (developing) covers Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Macau, etc.


For more information, contact:

Theresa Rago
+65 9159 3053

Alvin Afuang
+63917 7974586

Ashutosh Bisht
+91 124 4762304