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SOUTH AFRICAN PC MARKET MAINTAINS YEAR ON YEAR GROWTH, SAYS BMI

ICT market analyst, BMI-TechKnowledge, has released the latest PC quarterly figures for the period January to March 2004. This quarterly PC update research report reveals a year-on-year growth in units of 56,5%, while, in terms of value, the market has increased by 56,6%.

Laurika Moller, ICT analyst and author of the report, says that in Q1 2004, desktops showed an increase of 51,9% year-on-year (Q104/Q103), while mobiles recorded an increase of 73,1% for the same period.

"Servers showed positive growth of 78,4% during this period. The x86 server market recorded negative growth, if one measures growth sequentially (Q104/Q403), of 10,2%," adds Moller.

The report indicates that the desktop market recorded another healthy quarter in SA. As expected, increasing business spending and attractive bundles promoting home digital entertainment fuelled overall desktop growth.

"Considering that the major corporate renewal wave was prior to 2000, and the lifecycle of PCs has been stretched from three to four years, we should expect roll-outs to accelerate throughout the year 2004, and even into 2005, as business confidence restores," concludes Moller.

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