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Two billion PCs to invade our lives by 2015

India, China, Russia and Brazil are being slated to be the fastest growing markets for personal computers as these are driven by a highly techn-savvy populace.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2007 16:09 IST

Come 2015, two out of every seven people in the world will have a personal computer, with India, China, Russia and Brazil emerging among the fastest growing markets.

The world will see more than two billion PCs in use by 2015 driven by a growing technology-aware population as well as falling prices, global research firm Forrester said on Tuesday.

Citing its new report Worldwide PC Adoption Forecast, 2007 To 2015, the technology research firm said there would be more than one billion PCs in use by the end of 2008, while a rapid growth in emerging markets and expansion into the untapped markets would take the numbers to over two billion by 2015.

Incidentally, the World Bank expects the world population to rise to seven billion by 2015 -- which simply means that on an average every two out of seven people would use a PC in the next eight years.

Forrester said that the four emerging markets - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - would account for more than 775 million new PCs by 2015.

In India, the total number of PCs has already crossed 22 million mark at the end of March 2007, suggesting one PC for approximately every 50 Indians, according to IT research firm IDC India.

While it took 27 years to reach the one billion PCs mark, Forrester said it would take only five years to reach the next billion, due to advancing technology, lower prices and global demand on the part of a technology-aware population.

First Published: Jun 12, 2007 15:51 IST