Lagos - Nigeria has defied the lowering demand for computer hardware in the continent, the International Data Corporation (IDC) noted.
IDC, the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, reported shipments of such products, also referred to as hardcopy peripherals (HCP), to Africa suffered a substantial year-on-year decline in both volume and value during the first quarter of the year.
According to IDC, the ongoing currency volatility experienced across the region saw the market shrink to 470 000 units worth $190 million, down 16,6 percent and 12,7 percent year on year, respectively.
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“While most of the continent’s HCP markets contracted in Q1 2015, Nigeria bucked the trend by recording year-on-year growth in both volume and value on the back of successful vendor promotions in the colour inkjet space,” said Roberto Alunni, Research Manager for IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
He said government tenders and demand from the (SMB Server Message Block) segment also helped the country's laser market to grow, a scenario that was replicated in South Africa.
Meanwhile, overall inkjet shipments to Africa fell by a quarter in Q1 2015 to total just over 210 000 units, with a corresponding decline in value to approximately $21 million.
Laser shipments declined in volume and value for Q1 2015, with a drop of 8,2 percent and 10,3 percent, respectively, to just under 250 000 units worth $162 million.
- CAJ News