MEA x86 server market shows strong Q3 growth

Quarterly Tracker figures from IDC reveal healthy segment, with 9.9% volume surge

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MEA x86 server market shows strong Q3 growth The MEA x86 server market expanded 9.9% in volume during Q3 2013, with revenue rising 10.6% over the same period, according to IDC.
By Staff Writer Published  January 8, 2014

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) x86 server market played saw significant year-on-year growth in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Referencing its latest EMEA Quarterly Server Tracker, the research and advisory firm today announced that the MEA x86 server market expanded 9.9% in volume during Q3 2013, with revenue rising 10.6% over the same period.

The Saudi market was the standout performer of the quarter in the GCC, registering strong year-on-year volume growth of 16.4%.

"Several major deals were completed with various government ministries, banks, and education institutes during the quarter, combining to drive the strong growth seen in Q3," said Zeeshan Gaya, research manager for servers and systems at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

"The UAE market also exhibited strong year-on-year growth, with shipments increasing 13% on the back of key projects taking place in the government and banking sectors."

In contrast the so-called Other GCC (OGCC) bloc of countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar) suffered a marginal 1.8% decline in volume over the same period, although there was a significant year-on-year increase of 22.6% in revenue. The growth in revenue came as a direct consequence of the average selling price of a server increasing 24.8% compared to Q3 2012.

As expected, the Egyptian market slumped 36.6%, year on year, in volume terms as a result of severe project delays and cancellations brought about by the ongoing political instability in the country and associated uncertainty. Indeed, the only noticeable projects seen in Egypt during Q3 2013 were for the Egyptian Stock Exchange and within the defence sector.

Turkey also experienced a downward trend in the third quarter of the year, with unit shipments dipping 8.8%, year on year. The government, banking, and telecommunications sectors were the key IT spenders in the country during this period.

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