PC Penetration Zooms To 18 Per 1000 People, Up From 6.3/1,000 In 2000-01

Business Standard: This should be good news for internet businesses. PC penetration in-  India has almost trebled to 18 per 1,000 people in 2005-06 from from 6.3 per 1,000 people in 2000-01. This is going by the data provided by hardware business association Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology.
According to Raj Saraf, CMD of PC-maker Zenith Computers, the growth will continue – at a clip of 30 per cent over the next five years. As the annual population growth rate is 1 per cent, a 30 per cent growth in PC sales means the penetration in the country is doubling every three years. The next stage of growth for PCs will come from the semi-urban and rural markets, just like mobile services.
According to this report, the four metros accounted for 33 per cent of the total PCs purchased in 2005-06 (5 million units), down from the last year’s 38 per cent. PC sales for Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune grew 50 per cent and they accounted for 13 per cent of the market. In other towns, personal computer sales increased 35 per cent to account for 54 per cent of the total number of PCs purchased in 2005-06.