The Netherlands ranks best in broad comparison of important European data hubs

08 AUGUSTUS 2017, AMSTERDAM
Samenvatting
Rapid developments in the European digital economy force many organizations to quickly make decisions regarding the optimal business location for their digital activities. A lot of questions arise when making these decisions, mainly regarding privacy laws, the entrepreneurial climate and connectivity. For that reason, Digital Gateway to Europe (DG) and the Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA), in a partnership with legal consultancy firm ICTRecht, have published a fact sheet in which the five most important European data hubs (France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK) are compared on these and other criteria.

Rapid developments in the European digital economy force many organizations to quickly make decisions regarding the optimal business location for their digital activities. A lot of questions arise when making these decisions, mainly regarding privacy laws, the entrepreneurial climate and connectivity. For that reason, Digital Gateway to Europe (DG) and the Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA), in a partnership with legal consultancy firm ICTRecht, have published a fact sheet in which the five most important European data hubs (France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK) are compared on these and other criteria.

Stijn Grove, Managing Director of DG and the DDA, about the comparison: ''Europe is home to five important data hubs which differ from each other in for example regulatory pressure and connectivity. These five data hubs are Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London and Paris. With the forthcoming European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all these hubs will have uniform privacy regulations. However in case of the United Kingdom, it remains uncertain to which extent these laws will be regulated and maintained. Although Prime Minister May has announced that the GDPR will be implemented in the United Kingdom, when it comes to Brexit it remains to be seen to what extent future British governments will feel obliged to follow European Union legislation.''

The comparison published in the fact sheet today, focuses on business location factors as the tax-, and entrepreneurial climate and connectivity. Grove: "When looking at the legislation regarding doing business, Ireland scores best; it is very simple to register and establish a new company and handle business digitally. Coming in a strong second is The Netherlands: the Dutch have a favorable tax climate and the Chamber of Commerce acts as one authority for all business affairs. Frankfurt scores lowest when it comes to business friendliness, since Germany offers few advantages and a relatively difficult procedure for starting a business."

Of utmost importance in the era of digital transformation is the issue of connectivity. IT has become the lifeblood of virtually all future-oriented companies, which heavily depends on reliable, and fast connections. "When it comes to connectivity and digital readiness, The Netherlands is best in class," Grove says. "Essential to that position is the large concentration of data centers and excellent connectivity thanks to a widespread optic fibre network.The UK provides a comparable strong connectivity, however has a lower integration of digital technology by businesses, whereas France offers the lowest energy costs but lacks the presence of ICT skilled specialists."

This comparison shows very clearly that there are important differences between European data hubs, and offers a clear overview that helps organizations decide where to locate their new business.

The factsheet is freely accessible here.


About the Dutch Datacenter Association
The Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) is the trade organization of data centres in the Netherlands, the bedrock of the Dutch economy. The DDA unites leading data centres in the Netherlands in a common mission: the strengthening of economic growth and the profiling of the data centre sector to government, media and society.

The DDA expresses industry views on regulatory and policy issues. It demonstrates leadership by facilitating and encouraging members to implement operational improvements in the form of best practices. The DDA promotes education and contributes to technical standards, which enables the data centre industry in the Netherlands and abroad to further distinguish itself.

The DDA is one of the founders of the umbrella foundation Digitale Infrastructuur Nederland (DINL). DINL unites organizations that facilitate the digital infrastructure within the Netherlands. The DDA closely collaborates with Digital Gateway to Europe, which promotes the Netherlands as international data hub. The DDA also actively collaborates with market operators, the government and other interested parties.

About Digital Gateway to Europe
Digital Gateway to Europe is the government and industry backed initiative to promote the Dutch digital hub, called 'digital mainport' or 'third mainport' in Dutch. We are an independent organization created by the industry, for the industry. Supported by organizations and business from the digital infrastructure: datacenters, Internet Exchanges, Cloud providers and Connectivity providers. We closely collaborate with the NFIA, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, to built a central initiative to maximise the investments in the Netherlands and to strengthen the growth of the Dutch companies.

About ICTRecht
ICTRecht provides professional and practical ICT legal advice at attractive rates. Our advice is clear and concise and demonstrates technical expertise. Our people are both legally and technically versed within our niche, and work proactively alongside the client.

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