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EU Still Trailing US in Terms of ICT
Source: telecompaper.com
Source Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Institution and HR Management
Created: Feb 11, 2014

The European Union is trailing the US in terms of ICT driven growth and productivity, an independent report revealed. The report, commissioned by EU commissioner Neelie Kroes, highlights the importance of broadband and the EU single market in stimulating vital economic growth and sets out the need for European capacity in broadband infrastructure, cloud computing, big data, digital skills and other ICT-related areas. The current economic woes and rapid diffusion of high speed network and mobile devices is creating a "golden opportunity" for ICT as a growth enabler for technology and innovation. The report presents four plausible scenarios for the EU. In the digital savannah model, a fragmented EU market makes it difficult for firms to grow beyond borders, pushing them to the US and beyond. The digital desert shows a slow global economic growth leading to a contracting economic environment in which EU firms have difficulties flourishing. In The digital glasshouse, an integrated EU market leads nation-based firms to venture across borders but slow growth and accompanying protection prevent the emergence of a European Google, for instance. The digital rainforest sees the same integrated EU market but also competion within a robustly growing global economy, with consumers benefitting from lower prices and more choice. To achieve this, supported by a Digital Single Market, policy must quickly adjust to rapidly changing technological realities, consumer preferences, shifting company needs and new political realities. The scenario needs much institutional change in sectors such as education, healthcare and government itself.
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