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Acer, HP and Dell enjoy robust growth in Gulf states

Acer, HP and Dell enjoy robust growth in Gulf states

HP, Acer and Dell are reigning supreme in the Gulf States PC market, with the three players accounting for nearly two-thirds of total shipments, International Data Corporation said in its latest report.
According to IDC, the PC market in the Gulf States was enjoying robust growth, expanding 34.4 percent in volume and 31.7 percent in value year-on-year to almost 2.2 million units valued at US$2.40 billion.
Growth was fueled mainly by strong demand for notebooks as well as by ongoing and new IT infrastructure deployments in major vertical markets such as government, oil and gas, banking and insurance, and telecommunications. There was also strong demand from small- and medium-sized enterprises and the small office/home office segment, IDC said.
"Continued economic growth will fuel expansion in the Gulf States PC market in the coming few years," said Omar Shihab, a research manager for IDC in the Middle East and Africa.
"Uptake of notebook PCs, the rollout of numerous IT infrastructure projects, and PC renewal and upgrade cycles in the corporate and government sectors will also play a role."
Over the next five years, the Gulf PC market is expected to expand at an average annual rate of over 16 percent in volume, IDC said.
The Gulf States market comprising the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman was dominated by international players, with only one of the top 10 vendors being local.
HP, Acer, and Dell remained the top three vendors, capturing almost two-thirds of total shipments.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia continued to make up the largest share of PC shipments in the region. The two markets were approximately the same size and together represented over 81 percent of total PC shipments in the region in 2006, IDC said.
Kuwait, the third largest market, constituted just a tenth of the two biggest markets combined. Notebooks were again the most dynamic form factor last year, with shipments rocketing up 61 percent year-on-year and comprising 57.5 percent unit share of the market.
Desktop shipments also continued to grow in 2006, although at a much slower pace (at less than 10 percent) and made up 40.5 percent share of the market. Shipments of x86 servers grew 11 percent year-on-year in 2006, as more SMEs purchased these machines and large and very large businesses renewed their existing server infrastructure as part of regular replacement cycles.
Meanwhile, according to IDC's latest study "Infrastructure Software - Making the Right Decisions," the adoption of infrastructure management (IM) software in the four surveyed countries - Australia, China, India and Korea - remained healthy across the 1,000 respondents surveyed.
Storage software has topped the list of IM software that users have responded as having adopted. The percentage of end-users dropped in line with more advanced areas of storage software, such as storage management software. However, this varied across countries with the PRC citing storage management more often than other countries.
IDC said it expects China and India to continue to take the lead as far as investments in IM software are concerned. End users have also indicated that purchases would be less on a standalone basis.
"Software that is part of an integrated solution package consisting of hardware software and services components, is the dominating purchasing strategy for businesses across the four key countries in IDC's survey. Vendors need to bear this in mind when approaching the market, either through leveraging their broader portfolio or technology partners," said Ullrich Loeffler, a market analyst of Information Management Solutions at IDC Australia and New Zealand.


Updated : 2021-10-18 23:09 GMT+08:00