IDC: Asia Pacific IT market to reach $132B in 2007

The overall IT market in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) is forecasted to reach US$132 billion in 2007, fueled by increasing domestic demand and economic growth in the region spearheaded by India and China, according to IDC's annual forecast.

'The region's astounding rates of economic and IT market growth have resulted in dynamic and rapidly evolving corporate and consumer markets. This is a role the region has gradually accepted, but the growth is now taking off explosively,' said Eva Au, managing director for IDC Asia/Pacific.

According to her, the region's economic empowerment has created more discerning and demanding IT users 'who now require technology which is sensitive to the region's unique demands and are increasingly responsive to the needs of mobile communications, converged devices, and results-oriented IT projects."

IDC predicts the IT market in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) to reach $132 billion in 2007, a 10 percent growth over 2006.

Together, China and India will make up more than 43 percent of the region's IT spend, with China remaining the largest IT market consisting 32 percent of the region's IT spending and India growing at a remarkable 23 percent.

While the major economies are expected to continue to deliver strong results, both China and India will begin a more serious look internally, focusing on bridging urban/rural divides and developing infrastructure.