Japan’s NEC Corp. on 1 February said it will partner with Indian IT services firm Sify Ltd to pitch thin client computing systems in India as an alternative to conventional desktop computing.
NEC is targeting India’s booming PC market for sales of 1,00,000 thin client terminals, which run programs by accessing a central server instead of a hard drive on the PC, by 2009.
That target would help double NEC’s sales in India to $200 million (around Rs880 crore) in 2009 from $100 million in 2006, said NEC, which competes with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Wyse Technology Taiwan Ltd in thin client systems.
The Japanese electronics group hopes to supply 6,000 servers to Sify, which would provide thin computers to both multinational and Indian customers and install thin client systems in its 3,500 Internet cafes throughout India.
“The PC market is still just starting in India,” said Sify president and CEO Raju Vegesna during a news conference.
“In India the architecture is open, and there is great potential for growth,” he said.