The French IT market is the third largest in Europe and, despite current economic headwinds, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4% over 2011-2015. The addressable French market for IT products and services is projected to reach US$46.1bn in 2011 and US$53.5bn by 2015.
In H111, IT services vendors reported a return to growth in the French market, which is expected to gather pace in the second half of 2011. However there is also strong pressure on prices, leading vendors to be wary of non-profitable growth. Meanwhile the PC market contacted sharply in Q111, thanks to soft consumer sales.
In our core IT forecast scenario, IT market growth will be around 4% in 2011. Vendors will look to key segments such as telecoms, banking and energy where most opportunities are likely to be generated. Virtualisation and cloud computing offering opportunities, but much will depend on the pace of economic recovery and reform in key sectors.
IT services vendors forecast a return to growth in the French market in 2011, which is expected to gather pace in the second half of the year. In France, Capgeminis revenues increased by 7.5%, with over 900 new employees being taken on during the quarter. However Atos French revenues actually declined by 2.6% in Q111, with Atos warning about price pressures.
In Q111, HP took first place in overall French PC shipments, ahead of Acer, which had seen a sharp loss of share compared with the same period of the previous year. Other leading vendors include Asus, Dell
and Samsung, with the top five vendors accounting for more than 50% of total shipments.
Cloud computing is one of the key growth drivers identified by Orange Business Services in its five-year plan. The company has set a target of generating 500mn euros from cloud computing by 2015. In December 2010, Orange Business Services implemented a cloud-based messaging and collaboration solution for French entertainment provider Cirque du Soleil.
According to the figures, Frances addressable computer hardware market will be worth around US$10.2bn in 2011, up by an estimated 6% from US$9.7bn in 2010. Total PC revenues including notebooks and desktops are estimated at US$7.9bn and are expected to rise to US$9.2bn by 2015 at a CAGR of 4%.
In 2011 the French computer hardware market is expected to record single-digit growth, consolidating a recovery in shipments in 2010. Overall shipments were estimated to have grown by nearly 10% in 2010. One additional driver both of increased notebook sales and lower prices is the move of telecoms operators into the PC retail space.
In 2011, French software sales are projected at US$13.8bn and, despite the uncertain economic conditions, revenues are forecast to rise to US$16.0bn in 2015. Software CAGR for 2011-2015 should be about 4%. Migrations to Microsofts Windows 7 operating system, and growing interest in cloud computing services, should be among areas of opportunity in 2011.
The French market remains focused on traditional embedded software rather than software-as-a-service. However, French internet service providers (ISPs) continue to roll out hosted software offerings and double-digit growth is expected in this area.
French IT services spending is forecast to reach around US$22.2bn in 2011, up from US$21.1bn in 2010. Demand for IT services stabilised in 2010 after the economic crisis had an impact in 2009 when projects were put on hold. Sectoral CAGR is projected at 3% over the forecast period, as the market approaches US$25.7bn by 2015.
It is estimated that the addressable IT services market will grow by around 5% in 2011. IT services account for around 48% of total French IT spending. In 2010 the booked projects of major market players such as Atos Origin and Capgemini were healthy, indicating the market had started to recover.
Thanks to the extensive reach of traditional copper plant and cable TV networks, fixed-line infrastructure is widely available in France, even in rural areas. This means operators are finding it relatively easy and cost-effective to deliver broadband services to a large number of customers (although rural parts are still being neglected). In addition, France has a high GDP per capita, which bodes well for ensuring robust spending among subscribers.
France has just three mobile network operators and is one of the least competitive mobile markets in the region. This has resulted in significantly higher and more stable average revenue per user (ARPU) rates and mobile penetration that is still below 100%, providing better subscriber growth opportunities.The price of this market report covers 4 quarterly reports on this sector. This quarterly report will be downloadable instantly as a PDF document, with the 3 remaining reports delivered at regular intervals throughout the year.