Computer sales growth in India is expected to remain flat during the current year, but laptops are clearly emerging as the most preferred choice for enterprises as well as individuals.
Latest estimates of Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT), the apex industry body of computer hardware industry, showed the industry grew by 15.8 per cent over 2007-2008 with a similar pace of growth projected for the current year.
Experts attributed the flat pace of growth to slowing sales of desktop computers and servers to large firms. Besides, inappropriate availability of product applications could limit sales growth of desktop computers.
“We need more relevant products,” said Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director at MAIT. “The hardware capability is much more than what a user can do with the machine and we need more applications to drive growth of PCs in India,” said Rajesh Kurup, Group Business Director, IMRB International.
About 1.8 million units of laptops were sold over 2007-2008 while about 5.5 million desktops were sold during the period. Notebooks constitute a small segment of the market therefore an aggressive growth in the category will not be able to make up for the decline in desktop sales, Mehta said.
“The industry needs IT-uninitiated businesses to come up with applications related to education and entertainment,” Kurup said.