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Germany as a location for business and investment

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FROM THE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY FORUM

Germanyís e-potential is presently untapped, with a highly active user base limited by slow internet platforms.

Active enterprises and an advanced pool of users and employees are hindered by slow conversion to broadband.  Nearly 50% of internet users remain on dial-up connections, according to the latest ICT report from the European Commission.* Despite such limitations, media and content use are at the EU average** and the online music industry is the second largest in Europe. 

eCommerce measures and online management of personal finances are Germanyís best performance indicators. Already ranking amongst the EU top 10, and while 2006 showed signs of stagnation in eCommerce and eBusiness, progress is expected when broadband penetration increases.

A similar scenario is obvious in schools, where teaching with ICT is common but limited by undeveloped infrastructure.  Across other media, digital television in growing at the EU average, and progress in adopting 3G is just beginning.

ICT-related R&D investment remains quite low and recent reform initiatives have focused on streamlining eGovernment processes.  eGovernance services have been largely ignored by enterprises, relative to enterprise take up of other electronic services.   Above average use of eGovernment services by citizens will be further stimulated by the recently announced digital identity cards and digital signatures initiative.  - Kenzie Burchell

i2010 Annual Report: Germany

Broadband

2004

2005

2006

Rank

Total DSL coverage (as % of total population)

90.7

92.0

 

10

DSL coverage in rural areas (as % of total population)

 

55.0

 

16

Broadband penetration (as % of population)

7.1

11.5

16.4

10

DSL penetration (as % of population)

7.0

11.1

15.7

7

Predominant download speed

 

0.5-1 Mbps

 

 

Households having broadband (as % of those having access to the internet at home)

30.0

37.7

50.0

23

% of enterprises with broadband access

53.6

62.4

73.1

14

Number of 3G subscribers per 100 inhabitants

 

2.4

 

10

Digital Television in households

 

28.9

 

7

Music: number of single downloads per 100 inhabitants

 

25.5

 

6

Internet Usage

 

 

 

 

% population who are regular internet users

49.7

54.3

59.3

8

Take up of internet services (as % of population)

 

 

 

 

Sending emails

50.8

 

60.2

8

Looking for information about goods and services

52.2

 

59.9

8

Internet telephoning or videoconferencing

2.4

 

10.4

9

Playing/downloading games and music

14.6

 

18.3

17

Listening to the web radio/watching web tv

7.7

 

11.8

14

Reading online newspapers/magazines

14.9

 

18.9

18

Internet banking

26.4

 

31.7

9

Places of access

 

 

 

 

% at home

52.3

56.9

60.6

8

% at work

18.4

20.2

27.3

12

% at educational place

8.6

9.0

8.2

16

% at PIAP

16.2

5.4

6.3

12

eGovernment Indicators

 

 

 

 

% basic public services for citizens fully available online

27.3

 

27.3

18

% basic public services for enterprises fully available online

75.0

 

75.0

10

% of population using e-Government services

   of which for returning filled in forms

33

7

 

32

9

8

11

% of enterprises using e-Government services

     of which for returning filled in forms

36

17

44

24

49

37

23

20

ICT in schools

 

 

 

 

Number of computers connected per 100 pupils

 

 

7.7

17

% of schools with broadband access

 

 

63.0

21

  % of teachers having used the computer in class during the last 12 months

 

 

78.0

11

e-Commerce

 

 

 

 

E-commerce as % of total turnover of enterprises

11.3

13.0

13.9

7

% enterprises receiving internet orders

16.3

16.7

18.9

7

% enterprises purchasing on the internet

50.7

53.7

54.0

8

e-business. % enterprises:

 

 

 

 

with integrated internal business processes

38.4

42.8

43.7

8

with integrated external business processes

13.9

16.3

16.8

5

Security: % enterprises using Secure servers

44.8

41.8

44.8

7

% using digital signatures for authentication

13.5

10.2

13.5

8

Employment and Skills

 

 

 

 

% employees using computers connected to the Internet

29.0

39.8

39.1

9

% of persons employed with ICT user skills.

18.7

19.1

18.8

15

% of persons employed with ICT specialist skills

3.0

3.2

3.4

7

Indicators on growth of ICT sector and R&D

 

 

 

 

ICT sector share of total GDP

 

 

 

13

ICT sector share of total employment

 

 

 

12

ICT sector growth (constant prices).

 

 

 

13

R&D expenditure in ICT by the business sector, as % of GDP

 

 

 

7

===    as % of total R&D expenditure

 

 

 

11

*"i2010 annual report 2007, European Commission"

**The average refers to the 2005 EU average, excluding Romania and Bulgaria. The i2010 report assessed the 27 EU members plus Norway and Iceland.

 

Research and technology in Germany

Today, research and development-intensive industries account for more than half of all industrial production in Germany.
Here you will find information about the major German research institutions.

The promotion of foreign trade

Here you will find information on the economic situation in Singapore and an overview of the foreign trade promotion by the Federal Foreign Office.

 



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