NEW DELHI: India’s personal computers (PC) market grew by 25% in 2006 with total shipments crossing five million units during the period, a report revealed.
In the overall Client PC (Notebooks and Desktops) market, Hewlett Packard (HP) retained the top spot with a market share of 21% per cent in terms of units shipped, followed by HCL at 14% and Lenovo at 9%, the IDC India Quarterly PC Tracker for the fourth quarter of 2006 said.
The notebook PC market continued the growth momentum during 2006 because of aggressive marketing by vendors that led to doubling of shipments within a year.
“The notebook PC segment grew 104% year-on-year and reached at about one million unit shipments,” IDC said.
It was largely due to buying by education segment, individual consumer or small office home office purchases and increased traction from the SMB segment.
“With higher education, institutes such as engineering colleges and management schools are aggressively adopting the concept of Wi-Fi campuses and usage of notebook PCs in their learning tools and methodologies, a healthy surge in shipments was seen,” it said.
In the Notebook PC market, HP retained the top spot with market share of 38% in 2006 in unit shipments. Lenovo and Toshiba were at second and third spots with market shares of 17% and 10% respectively.
However, the study does not take into account the assembled desktops, that constitute a large part of the sales.