By Stuart Wilson
First quarter 2005 PC shipments in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) climbed 20.5% year-on-year to hit a grand total of 1.8 million units according to the numbercrunchers at IDC.
First quarter 2005 PC shipments in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) climbed 20.5% year-on-year to hit 1.8 million units according to the numbercrunchers at IDC.
The notebook form factor once again outstripped the overall growth rate, with unit sales zooming up 39% compared to the first quarter of 2004. Desktops continued to grow steadily with unit sales up 16.2%. With 1.4 million desktops shifted in MEA in the first quarter, the form factor still account for 77.2% of all units shipped in the region. The x86 server segment saw volumes climb 28.5% year-on-year.
“The first quarter is generally a slow time for large projects in MEA,” said Tomas Oupicky, senior analyst at IDC CEMA’s systems group. “In the Arab Gulf in particular, shopping festivals and IT exhibitions drove sales, especially to small and home offices and small and medium-sized businesses.”
South Africa and Turkey continued to rank as the true regional powerhouses for PC sales accounting for just under a third of total regional shipments. The UAE led the way in sales per person with IDC estimating that 51 PCs were sold per 1,000 people during the first quarter. The impact of re-export and sub-distribution undoubtedly plays a major role in creating such an impressive figure.
“When talking about the region, we have to remember the markets are very diverse,” continued Oupicky. He points out that in the UAE, notebook shipments are on a par with desktops, and regularly outsell them. In South Africa, on the other hand, desktops outsold notebooks by more than three to one.
“In Egypt, this number was more than seven and a half to one,” said Oupicky. “In the more underdeveloped parts of Africa, this number jumps to nearly nine to one, showing how important desktops are to emerging markets.”