India PC shipments will total 13.2 million units in 2011, a 24.7 percent increase from 2010, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.
PC demand is growing beyond India’s largest cities. Vendors are seeing an increasing demand from smaller cities in India where PC penetration has grown considerably. Rising income and declining PC prices are significantly contributing to this growth. Gartner estimates that roughly 35 percent of PC vendor revenue today comes from Tier III and IV cities. This will grow to 50 percent by the end of 2013.
“There is an increased aspiration to own a PC in India. The younger generation is contributing to the large scale adoption of PCs in India in a significant way,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Besides reading and surfing the internet, the usage of PCs for watching movies, listening to music, and gaming are playing a pivotal role in driving demand.”
By the fourth quarter of 2011 mobile PCs will outgrow desk-based PCs in India, though the total number of desk-based shipments will be higher than mobile PC. In 2011, the desk-based PC market will grow 5 percent totalling 7.2 million units year-on-year, and mobile PC shipments will grow 61 percent with 5.9 million units.
“The Indian PC market is far from reaching maturity, unlike the other developed countries. India contributes significantly to the overall growth of PC shipments worldwide,” said Mr. Tripathi.
Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Forecast Alert: Worldwide PC Forecast Downgraded as PC Market Hit by Disruptive Forces”. The report is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1476414
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