One in fifty Indians has access to PCs: IDC report

By siliconindia   |   Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Only one in fifty Indians has access to a personal computer (PC), according to an IDC report. The research firm's India Quarterly PC Tracker for the first quarter of 2007-08 (Q1FY08) pegs the Indian client PC (desktops and notebooks combined) base at 22 million - a figure that has more than doubled from 9.5 million in 2003.

Of the total client PC base for the financial year 2006-07, notebooks (or laptops) registered a scorching 85.6 percent. On the other hand, desktops grew by 11 percent year-on-year and registered a 3.6 percent increase in their average selling value.

The performance was contributed to a large measure by buoyant commercial notebook shipments that grew on account of robust demand from the large enterprise, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and education segments.

Piyush Pushkal, Manager (PC research), IDC India said, "Affordability has pulled both the supply and demand sides together for the past few quarters in the notebook PC market. This form factor is expected to grow promisingly, with educational institutions as well as businesses being the major contributors."

During Q1FY08, the overall client PC market ramped up by 15.9 percent over the corresponding period last year (Q1FY07) in terms of unit shipments. Desktop PC shipments registered a growth of 6.3 percent, while notebook PC shipments showed a growth of 73.1 percent for Q1FY08 over Q1FY07.

"The country has one PC for every 50 Indians today. This represents a watershed era in the history of the Indian PC market. However, we still have miles to go as a country to evolve an ecosystem that would help to take this trend to the next level, so that the benefits of computerization reach to the masses," Kapil Dev Singh, country manager, IDC India, said

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