Albanian IT Market Grows Moderately in 2011 due to Increased Investments by Government and Telecom Sectors, Says IDC
04 Jul 2012
July 4, 2012 – The Albanian IT market grew 5.5% year on
year in 2011 to reach $190.43 million. Measured in local currency
(ALL), the market grew 1.9% from the previous year. IDC expects the IT
market in the country to expand 2.5% year on year in 2012, and to
increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.1% to reach $212
million in 2016. Per-capita IT spending in the country stood at $60 in
2011, or 6.3% of the EU 27 average and well below the Adriatic regional
average of $146.
"After a significant decrease in 2009 and 2010, IT spending in
Albania rose only moderately last year. Growth was driven by
higher-than-market-average IT investment by the government and telecom
sectors," says Managing Director Boris Zitnik, IDC Adriatics. "Spending
by the finance and 'other real' sector also rose, but slightly below
the market average, while household IT consumption stagnated."
Most of the technology segments expanded in 2011, with IT
services and software exceeding the overall market average. Spending in
the combined PC category increased due to the performannce of notebooks
and media tablets, while desktop deliveries declined sharply.
Smartphone shipments soared last year, but sales of feature phones
dropped. Networking equipment sales grew solidly, driven by investments
by a new mobile operator.
"Expanding GDP, the MCC program aimed at improving the
business climate in the country, the government's action plan for
development of an IT society in the 2009–2013 period, and the entry of
the fourth mobile operator positively influenced the IT market in
Albania last year", says Zitnik. "Modest GDP growth is predicted for
2012, as a result of the recession in the eurozone and presidential
elections scheduled for July 2012. This could restrain IT spending in
the country, although IDC expects 'traditional' IT areas (services,
software, computers, and hardcopy peripherals) to grow, while mobile
phone and networking equipment deliveries should decline."
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IT Market 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC
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through 2016. The study contains market sizes, vendor market shares,
and growth projections for hardware and packaged software shipments, as
well as IT services provisioning.
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