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Computer/Information Technology Equipment


Unit: USD thousands




2015 (estimated)


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Exchange Rate: 1 USD





Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)
Data Sources:
Total Local Production: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department
Total Exports: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department
Total Imports: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department
Imports from U.S.: Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department

Hong Kong’s IT equipment (computer and parts) imports in 2014 dropped 5.3 percent to US$48.6 billion. The value of U.S. IT equipment exports to Hong Kong in 2013 was US$1.34 billion, a 20 percent decrease over 2013, representing 2.8 percent of Hong Kong’s total IT imports. Since China is the largest export market for Hong Kong’s IT equipment, absorbing over two-thirds of the total exports. The decrease in imports/exports of ICT products in 2014 was clearly reflected as a result of China’s slow-down in demand.

Although there are no Hong Kong government official statistics on software and IT services, Business Monitor International (BMI) reported that Hong Kong’s total IT spending in 2014 was US$5.3 billion, with hardware spending at US$1.76 billion, software spending at US$1.66 billion and service spending at US$1.88 billion, respectively. BNI also forecasts IT spending in Hong Kong will reach US$5.67 billion in 2015, representing a growth of 6.7 percent from 2014.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

For Corporate Users:

  • Infrastructure as a Service: Servers, Storage, Networks, and Clients;
  • Platform as a Service: Application Development Software, Application Testing Software, Application Deployment Software;
  • Software/Applications as a Service: Collaboration, Enterprise Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Customer Relationship Management, Business Analytics.
  • Consulting, Training, Integration Service for end-users of Cloud Services.

For Consumers:

  • Netbooks, Notebooks, tablet computers, smart phones


Hong Kong’s hardware spending has dropped slightly from US$1.79 billion in 2013 to US$1.76 billion in 2014. According to BMI’s analysis, the drop was the result of firstly the local political protests and secondly the sharp decline in PC/tablet sales due to market saturation. It is forecasted that the PC/tablet market will continue to experience sedated growth from 2015 with market dynamics determined by replacement, rather than first-time purchase.

In contrast to the slowing down in the hardware market, growth of the cloud computing market in Hong Kong remains strong as a leading center for cloud computing in Asia. Cloud computing services have been adopted by a range of verticals in Hong Kong. A government survey done in 2013 found that cloud adoption had progressed significantly, with 54.5 percent of businesses using private cloud services, 35.3 percent using public cloud, and 12.5 percent using community cloud and 3 percent using hybrid cloud. The strong growth of the cloud market is supported by statements from vendors in 2014. For instance, Microsoft reported that its Office 365 cloud suite of software doubled its annual revenue in December 2014.

The enterprise segment will help to offset some of the squeeze on PC/tablets sales in the hardware market through strong demand for servers as Hong Kong strengthens its position as a regional data center hub. Government’s incentives are also in place to attract investment which has been successful in bringing numerous global and regional data center operators and telecoms to Hong Kong, including NTT Communications, Savvis, IBM, Verizon Solutions and Rackspace. BMI expects further investment from major global infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service providers looking to tap into the growth trend and expand their presence in Hong Kong.

Web Resources

Major Trade Shows:

International ICT Expo
Dates: April 13-16, 2016
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Website: http://ictexpo.com


Information and Software Industry Association
Contact: Kong Chi Wing, Chairman
Tel: (852) 2622-2867
Fax: (852) 2622-2731
Email: info@isia.org.hk
Website: www.isia.org.hk

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Ltd.
Contact: Erwin Huang, President
Tel: (852) 3101-8197
Fax: (852) 3007-4728
Email: info@hkitf.org.hk
Website: http://www.hkitf.org.hk

Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association Ltd.
Contact: To Cheung, Chairman
Tel: (852) 2370-3130
Fax: (852) 8208-8782
Email: contact@hkwtia.org
Website: http://www.hkwtia.org

Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association
Contact: Lento Yip, Chairman
Tel: (852) 28201-1109
Fax: (852) 3011-3108
Email: lento@hkispa.org.hk
Website: www.hkispa.org.hk

ICT Journals in Hong Kong:

For more information about this industry sector, please contact:

Ms. Fanny Chau, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2521-3721
Fax: (852) 2845-9800
Email: fanny.chau@trade.gov

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