No cause for concern
Although global political developments might cause some concern, Stijn Grove, managing director of Digital Gateway to Europe, points out this is not reflected by market developments. “In a continuously changing world with growing protectionism and an upcoming Brexit, the Netherlands' starting position as a data processing and distribution country is stronger than ever. The current state of affairs regarding the Dutch cloud, data center growth and connectivity demand shows that continuous investments are needed to match increasing demand. We believe that just as in other years, the Dutch Data Hub can shield itself from external factors and continue to be one of the most desired digital distribution points in the world.”
Pole position leverage
As the Netherlands has historically been a transit port for goods and services, the success of the Dutch data hub doesn’t come as a surprise says Grove. “The Dutch have always been quick to adopt innovation or drive innovation themselves. It was the first country, after the U.S., to be connected to the world wide web. Leveraging this pole position has since been one of the main reasons for double digit growth of the Dutch digital ecosystem. It is interesting to note that this ecosystem has become so robust that hyperscales are increasingly flocking to the Netherlands to set up shop. Last but not least our tax climate remains very favorable towards overseas digital companies looking to strengthen their data distribution capabilities or establishing EMEA or international headquarters for example.”
The ecosystem Grove describes is home to both the largest and the 6th largest internet exchanges in the world. This continues to have a profound effect on the Dutch digital economy, as is described in the report. In 2016, €24,6 billion was directly generated by the data economy. This does not only benefit companies: Dutch citizens continue to be the most well connected in the world. When compared internationally for example, the Netherlands ranks 1st when it comes to fixed broadband internet access (98% of all households). Given that digitization increasingly drives new business models, more than 70% of all innovation in the Netherlands is ICT related, which on its own adds a very positive dynamic to business- and product development in the Netherlands.
More on this and the current state of the Dutch data hub can be found in the report, available for download via www.digitalgateway.eu/dutchdatahub2018
Annual KickStart Europe Conference
To further support the bustling digital infrastructure industry in the Netherlands and Europe, Digital Gateway to Europe on January 14th and 15th 2019 for the second year organizes the KickStart Europe Conference in Amsterdam. During this two-day event, decision makers in the European digital infrastructure industries will discuss opportunities, current affairs and explore the emerging trends and technology shaping the digital industry and digital infrastructure of cloud, connectivity and data centers.
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