One in every 50 Indians has access to computer

One in every 50 Indians has access to personal computer with the total installed base in the country touching 22 million units at the end of March 2007, according to a survey.

The domestic PC market grew 20% during the first quarter this year as against the same period last year and the installed base in the country more than doubled in the last three years at an average growth rate of 32.3% to touch 22 million units, according to IT research firm IDC’s India Quarterly PC Tracker, 1Q 2007.

Hewlett Packard (HP) retained its top position in the overall client PC market, which includes both laptops and desktops, with a 21.2% share, followed by HCL and Lenovo with a share of 13.5% and 9.5% respectively.

The client PC market grew 15.9% year-on-year, while shipment of desktop PC and notebook PC showed a growth of 6.3% and 73.1% respectively. In the overall commercial desktop PC shipments, HCL led the market, followed by HP and Lenovo. In consumer segment, HP captured the first position, followed by HCL and Zenith.

Notebook PC shipments showed a tremendous growth, capturing 20% of the total client PC segment. In the notebook PC market, HP again retained the top slot with a market share of 39.6% in FY07 in unit shipment terms.
Lenovo captured the second spot with 17.6% market share and Toshiba climbed to the third spot replacing Dell. “The country has one PC for every 50 Indians. Post-liberalisation blues have given way to a robust economy that is fuelling spending on IT infrastructure,” IDC Country Manager Kapil Dev Singh said. “Affordability has pulled both the supply and demand sides together for the past few quarters in the notebook PC market,” he added.