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South African IT spending to increase at to about US$20bn in 2016, at a US dollar 2012-2016 CAGR of 13%, faster than real GDP growth. Major infrastructure and transport projects will provide encouragement for growth during BMIs five-year forecast period. However, South African businesses are expected to maintain a cautious attitude to IT investments, due to continued global economic uncertainty.Headline Expenditure Projections
Computer hardware sales: US$5.1bn in 2011 to US$5.2bn in 2012, +3% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms unchanged but following a strong 2011, PC market growth is expected to slow in 2012.
Software sales: US$2.1bn in 2011 to US$2.3bn in 2012, +8% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms unchanged and, due to broadband infrastructure improvements, there is likely to be growing interest in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
IT services sales: US$4.2bn in 2011 to US$4.4bn in 2012, +6% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms unchanged as spending on IT services still depends heavily on government programmes. Risk/Reward Ratings
South Africas score was 47.3 out of 100.0. South Africa ranked eighth in our latest MEA region RRR table, behind Israel and Turkey but ahead of Oman, Egypt and Lebanon. Despite ranking fourth terms of IT market size, South Africas overall ranking was restrained by a relatively low Country Structure score compared with the GCC countries.Key Trends & Developments
- The South African Department of Education has announced a target of rolling out laptops to all school children in the country by 2014. The government is looking at various ways to achieve this, including the use of portable mobile computer labs for schools where there is no infrastructure. Following a strong recovery in PC shipments in 2011, the market should remain on an upwards trajectory.
- Despite areas of opportunity, in 2012 South African businesses are expected to maintain a cautious attitude to IT investments due to continued global economic uncertainty. Vendors are adapting to an environment where business customers prioritise value and return on investment. There could be a boost from computer hardware tenders previously delayed as a result of the economic situation.
- Major infrastructure and transport projects should provide a framework for faster IT services spending growth during the forecast period. Spending still depends heavily on government programmes and the government will remain the largest spending IT services vertical, followed by financial services and telecoms. Cloud computing is becoming viable in South Africa due to improved and lower-cost bandwidth availability.
Click for Report details:South Africa Information Technology Report Q2 2012