Dutch digital infrastructure attracts international online companies

Digital infrastructure strengthens position as job creator

18 NOVEMBER 2016, LEIDSCHENDAM
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In just 20 years the digital economy in the Netherlands has become an important job creator. This is one of the conclusions of the report 'Dutch Digital Infrastructure 2016 - Enabling the Digital Economy and Society ', carried out by Deloitte and which was commissioned by 9 parties in digital infrastructure sector. The report shows that internet traffic in the Netherland is continuously growing by 22% annually, the market for colocation grows with 15% on an annual basis and the AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) continues to be one of the world's largest with over 800 automated systems networks connected. Combined with the strong position of hosting and cloud providers and the important role that the Netherlands has in the domain name industry, this results in a leading international position of the Netherlands as an international digital hub.

In just 20 years the digital economy in the Netherlands has become an important job creator. This is one of the conclusions of the report 'Dutch Digital Infrastructure 2016 - Enabling the Digital Economy and Society ', carried out by Deloitte and which was commissioned by 9 parties in digital infrastructure sector. According to the Dutch CBS (Central Bureau of Statistics), the Dutch digital economy currently provides 345,000 jobs in Netherlands and the sector as a whole grows 7 to 9 percent annually. The Deloitte report shows that this growth is a result of positive developments in the Netherlands but can also be attributed to the attractiveness of the Netherlands as a country to host and distribute digital services.

"The economic dynamics around the digital infrastructure are similar to that of our physical hubs: Schiphol Amsterdam airport and the Port of Rotterdam," said Michiel Steltman, Director of the Digital infrastructure Association (DINL) and organizer of the research. "The surveys that we published in 2013 and 2014 already showed that this sector has a substantial positive impact on our economy. We now see this effect confirmed in the international context. Many foreign parties opt for our country as the gateway to Europe, by opening offices and using our data centers, which contributes to the economy and brings direct employment" says Steltman.

The report shows that internet traffic in the Netherland is continuously growing by 22% annually, the market for colocation grows with 15% on an annual basis and the AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) continues to be one of the world's largest with over 800 automated systems networks connected. Combined with the strong position of hosting and cloud providers and the important role that the Netherlands has in the domain name industry, this results in a leading international position of the Netherlands as an international digital hub.

The report also outlines the favorable conditions that contribute to the appeal of the Netherlands for international companies. This includes factors such as innovation, access to digital talent and cooperation within ecosystems and with the government. The Dutch House of Representatives (Second Chamber) unanimously adopted a motion in 2015, in which the Dutch administration was called upon to create policy to further stimulate the economic hub function of the NL digital infrastructure. The report recommends a broad cooperation between government, businesses, educational institutions and other actors in civil society. An important advice to the government is to draw up an ambitious digital agenda with a clear vision on the role that the digital infrastructure plays for the economic future of Netherlands.

The report, written in English, can be downloaded via https://www.dinl.nl/en/rapporten


Partners

The report ' Dutch Digital Infrastructure 2016-Enabling the Digital Economy and Society ' was made possible by the following parties: Amsterdam Economic Board, AMS-IX, Dutch Data center Association, Dutch Hosting Provider Association, ECP | Platform for the information society, Equinix, Netherlands ICT, NxtVn, Netherlands Foundation digital infrastructure, domain registration Netherlands Foundation and Stichting NLnet. The research was carried out by Deloitte .

About DINL

The DINL Foundation is the representative and “mouthpiece” of providers of digital infrastructure. Participants of DINL are AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), DDA (Dutch Datacenter Association), DHPA (Dutch Hosting Provider Association), ISPConnect, NLnet foundation, SIDN (Stichting Internet domain registration Netherlands), ICT Nederland, Netherlands Association of Registrars (VVR) and SURFnet. The Rabobank and NxtVn are lead partners of DINL.

The Dutch digital infrastructure is at the heart of the Dutch online economy. Part of this is the digital gateway that has a key role in the global internet. DINL is committed to a free, open and secure internet as a basis for economic growth and innovation; the opportunities of the Netherlands as Digital Gateway to Europe; NL Cloud as a basis for IT for tomorrow; and the development of the knowledge economy.

For more information:

dinl.nl | pr@dinl.nl | @stichtingdinl | Tel: +31 70-7621070/+ 31 30-7603322

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