DQW News Bureau New Delhi, Dec 1
The third quarter of 2006 recorded an impressive growth in terms
of unit shipments — the Indian Client PC market grew 24 percent over Q3 2005,
to exceed the 1.4 million shipments-mark in a single quarter, according to IDC's
India Quarterly PC Market Tracker, Q3 2006, November 2006 release.
"With the impact of Intel chip price cuts getting clearer,
the SMB segment registered a strong double-digit y-o-y growth in PC shipments.
The festive season promotions kept the growth momentum going for consumer
segment. These market trends were further provided a boost due to a spurt in the
shipments of notebook PCs to the education segment in Q3 2006 vis-Ã -vis Q3
2005," said Piyush Pushkal, Assistant Manager-PC Research, IDC India.
In the overall client PC market, the rankings remained unchanged
- HP retained the top slot with a market share of 21 percent, followed by HCL at
12 percent and Lenovo at nine percent in terms of unit shipments.
In terms of total desktop PC shipments, HP led the market in the
JAS quarter of 2006 followed by HCL and Lenovo. HP retained the top slot
followed by HCL and LG at second and third spots, respectively. The commercial
desktop PC market witnessed an 18 percent sequential growth and a 24 percent
Y-o-Y growth in unit shipment terms. In this market too HP led the ranks
followed by HCL and Lenovo.
The notebook PC market continued its growth momentum during Q3
2006. The notebook market registered a 79 percent Y-o-Y growth during JAS 2006
thanks to buoyant buying by the education segment.
The consumer notebook PC category witnessed an 18 percent
sequential growth and a 137 percent Y-o-Y growth. In terms of total notebook PC
shipments, HP retained the top slot with a market share of 41 percent in JAS
"The commercial desktop PC market moved beyond analyst
expectations, as the channel business for 'white box' machines revived as a
result of huge marketing spends targeting the channel partners and through them
the growing base of SMB users. Shipments of commercial desktop PCs to the SMB
segment grew 46 percent Y-o-Y (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005)," said Pushkal.
"As many higher education institutions moved aggressively
towards implementing Wi-Fi in their campuses. The education segment in the
notebook PC market as a whole witnessed a massive growth of 357 percent Y-o-Y
(Q3 2006 over Q3 2005) in terms of unit shipments."
"The SMB segment in the notebook PC market as a whole
witnessed a massive growth of 51 percent Y-o-Y (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005) in terms
of unit shipments. The bundling offer of a data card with notebook PCs has also
created a positive impact in the market. Large corporate users as well as SOHO
users have an added reason to buy a notebook PC or 'upgrade' from a desktop
to a notebook," Pushkal added.