The spreadsheet linked below provides time-series data for India’s IT industry: software, hardware and services revenue for both export and domestic markets. Software export figures run from 1980; overall IT outputs from 1991; and detailed breakdown from 1998 including BPO (business process outsourcing) data from 2000.
Although software and IT services tend to grab the headlines, other sub-sectors are significant: with hardware worth US$9.5bn (nearer US$12bn if one includes hardware design) and BPO worth more than US$13bn in 2008/09. Total revenue for India’s IT industry in 2008/09 was US$73.4bn.
A number of charts are included in the PDF version. These show, for example:
– The phenomenal growth rate of India’s software exports, with (ten-year rolling) average annual growth never dropping below 30%, and overall exports exceeding US$36bn in 2008/09:
– The much higher growth rate of Indian IT exports compared to production for the domestic market. As a result, the share of exports in total IT output has risen from 19% in 1991/92 to 69% in 2008/09:
The source for the data used is a mixture of interviews in India and Department of Electronics/IT reports for the earlier data up to late 1990s; and the invaluable Dataquest (India) annual review of the IT industry (the “DQ Top 20”) from that point on.