The size of the Indian ICT hardware market might have grown 23.98% to $15.87 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal, but PC sales saw a decline of 10 percent during the same period, shows report by MAIT, India’s apex body representing IT hardware, training and R&D services. The total PC sales for the fiscal stood at 10.62 million units.
“Phones are driving all the growth but PC is showing de-growth. The only way to arrest this de-growth is to look at ways to increase PC penetration in Indian households. One way is by enabling infrastructure, providing low-cost loans and discount vouchers for purchasing PCs. We also see a ray of hope for PC growth in future on account of some of Digital India initiatives which aims at having a digital Infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, governance & services on demand, and digital empowerment of citizens,” said MAIT president Amar Babu.
Phablets saw the highest growth of 527% over last year. The total units in the segment stood at 50.8 million and is further expected to grow by around 65% in the next fiscal year.
Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director of MAIT said, “The bigger screen of phablets make it an extremely desirable product as it bridges the gap of a multi-utility device and an entertainment device. However, it is only up to the 5.5 in screen phablets that have found acceptance.”
Smartphone sales came in at 69.67 million units which is 33% increase over the last year. For the year 2014-15, tablet sales stood at 3.48 million units, a marginal 4% increase over last fiscal year and the market is further expected to fall next fiscal.
Enterprise notebook sales rose 6% powered by startups and SMBs, while notebook sales in the household segment fell 26% adding to an overall fall of 15%. But with Windows 10 around the corner, there is positive growth outlook for notebook sales in the FY2015-16.
The desktop market too registered negative growth of 4% and could further fall around 10% in the FY2015-16.