Can it be? Germany’s only in the middle of the pack when it comes to broadband connectivity in the economy? That, at least, is what current numbers from the Federal Statistical Office suggest. And this at a time when it’s becoming ever more important for companies all over the country to be able to send large amounts of data over the internet and use the web as a source of information.
Best in Class: Denmark
The short answer is: yes, it’s true. To date, the nation’s highest statistical bureau has found in its investigations of the numbers for 2014 that only a quarter of companies with more than ten employees use a high-speed internet connection. Connections that deliver more than 30Mbit/s are considered high-speed.
This is a frustrating finding, since it means Germany (usually such a model student) ranks far lower than usual, just slightly above the European average. Want more information? Here you go: Denmark shows us how it’s done. There, 53 percent of companies are equipped with broadband, which is more than twice as many as in this country. The Netherlands and Belgium? In both countries, it’s 43 percent. Sweden: 41 percent!
Who Needs 30 Mbit/s?
Of course, you could ask yourself: how much internet does a company really need? Isn’t more than 30 Mbit setting your sights a bit high, anyway? After all, 92 percent of all companies have a fixed broadband connection below this threshold, above which we currently consider internet to be “high speed.”
But the answer to this question is obvious as well: increasing connectivity, virtualization, digitalization, and cloud data storage is causing data volumes to swell, even in small companies. 30 Mbit/s might be enough for private individuals or freelancers – but when multiple workstations are sharing bandwidth for data-intensive processes, they’ll soon reach that limit.
What remains is the knowledge that Germany has to continue resolutely expanding its digital infrastructure – especially in the country, where coverage is still bad. That is, at least, if we don’t want to keep being outpaced by the European frontrunners.