The economic impact of ICT in Europe

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Lucilla Sioli
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DG Information Society and Media
European Commission

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The economic impact of ICT in Europe

  1. 1. The economic impact of ICT in Europe Lucilla Sioli Head of Unit DG Information Society and Media European Commission
  2. 2. Economic impact of ICT: 3 channels <ul><li>Investment in ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency gains in ICT-producing sector </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency gains in ICT-using sectors </li></ul>
  3. 3. Economic impact of ICT (1995-2000) : ICT drives half of productivity gains in the EU (and 75% in the US)
  4. 4. Economic impact of ICT (2000-2004): ICT drive half of productivity gains in the EU (and efficiency gains in the US)
  5. 5. The ICT sector alone drives 20% of productivity growth Size in GDP Contribution to labour productivity growth 2000-2005 5% 20%
  6. 6. ICT sector Biggest sector in terms of R&D Share of ICT in EU total Business Expenditure R&D (2005)
  7. 7. ICT R&D spending in EU and US
  8. 8. ICT Segments
  9. 9. EU Recovery Package on ICT: (1)Public Private Partnerships <ul><li>Factories of the Future </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficient Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Green Cars </li></ul>
  10. 10. R&D in national recovery packages <ul><li>The size of R&D stimulus measures is relatively small </li></ul><ul><li>The magnitude of the stimulus varies across countries </li></ul><ul><li>The crisis may have increased gaps between countries </li></ul>
  11. 11. (2) Broadband in EU recovery package <ul><li>1.02 bn € earmarked for broadband in Rural Development Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: BB for all by 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1/3rd (35%) was used for broadband </li></ul>
  12. 12. Broadband coverage and take up
  13. 13. Broadband penetration rate in EU27
  14. 14. Lagging behind on FTTH deployment
  15. 15. 1/3 rd Europeans never used the internet <ul><li>Besides income, age and education play a role </li></ul>
  16. 16. eCommerce
  17. 17. Willingness to pay for content All individuals All individuals 16-24 % of individuals 10 % NOT having paid for online audiovisual content in last 3 months 30 % 40 % 50 % 70 % 60 % 20 % 80 % Having paid for online audiovisual content Source: - 16-24
  18. 18. What can we do to support a sustainable recovery/what should our ‘Digital Agenda’ be? <ul><li>Support R&D </li></ul><ul><li>Provide for adequate competition and regulatory conditions in telecoms markets </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate the spread of high speed broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the uptake of ICT– addressing issues related to inclusion, privacy and security </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in education and ICT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage innovation in content markets – addressing issues of IPR </li></ul><ul><li>Make the most of ICT for the environment and for government and public service provision </li></ul>

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