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Israel’s Hi Tech industry truly symbolizes the country’s strength in a knowledge-based economy. Highly skilled human resources coupled with a highly competitive environment and world-class quality standards have transformed Israel into a global powerhouse in information technology (IT) software services and solutions.


The telecommunications industry of Israel is a leading exporter of equipment and systems for the global market, with products and services ranking among the world’s most sophisticated and advanced of their kind.

Dozens of multinationals in the field of telecommunications have established themselves in Israel, including Motorola, Siemens, Qualcomm and Alcatel, all benefiting from Israel's highly skilled workforce and increasingly developed market.

Competition has transformed the telecommunications sector of Israel, with free markets encouraging growth and efficiency. In 2005, the Israeli export market for telecommunications equipment was $3.24 billion.

For those interested in entering this market, Western Headquarters Ltd. will help identify new trade and business opportunities, joint ventures, and strategic alliances between international businesses and Israeli telecommunications companies.

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Semiconductor industry

Israel has long been recognized as a leading force in the semiconductor industry. The semiconductor sector drives growth in many markets including microprocessors, data and voice communications, wireless, IP and networking communications, consumer, automotive, defense and more, representing prime opportunities for investment and cooperation.

 Between 1995 and 2002 almost 150 Israeli companies in the semiconductor industry were acquired by overseas concerns

 About 80% of Israel's total output is in the electronics (including semiconductors) and information industries

 Close to 10% of the world's electronic designers make their home in Israel

 Over 60% of all electronics industry employees in Israel are highly educated engineers and scientists

 Israel's fabless sector is third only to the USA and Taiwan.

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Software Industry

Israel has become a leading player in the global software industry. Companies such as Amdocs, CheckPoint, Comverse, Mercury Interactive, Nice Systems and VocalTec have developed breakthrough software solutions, and earned the industry – and the country – its well-deserved reputation for innovation, creativity, and cutting-edge technologies.

Impressed by the unique nature of the Israeli software industry, many global tech leaders including HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun, have established R&D, operations and manufacturing centers in the country. Due to the success of Israel’s software and high-tech industry, the country has earned the reputation as the world’s “second Silicon Valley”. Second after the US, Israel has more high-tech companies than any other country in the world, and is second only to Canada in terms of foreign presence on Wall Street.

Over the past two decades, growth of the software industry’s share in national GDP and export figures has exceeded any other traditional or high-tech industry, contributed unparalleled value to the Israeli economy as a whole. According to figures released by the Israeli Association of Software Houses, Israel’s software exports have shown a dramatic increase of 78.6% from 1998 to 2003. Estimated export sales of software and related technologies exceeded $2.6 billion in 2003, up from $1.5 billion in 1998. 2004 showed a further increase of 22% in high-tech exports.

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Israel Government - The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor

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