Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 74

72 | 73 BUSINESS & INNOVATION TOPIC DIGITAL AGENDA The economy is on the threshold of a fourth petition for leadership in technology. The industrial revolution. Driven by the Internet, Federal Government is promoting and ac- through a digital transformation process the tively shaping digital change, and to this real and virtual worlds are becoming in- end has established a Digital Agenda cover- creasingly intertwined and together form an ing seven fields for action. It embraces all Internet of Things. Digitalisation repre- areas of society: government, industry, cul- sents an historic change for industry and ture, education and science. Digital change the service economy. The collective term is regarded not as purely technological, but Industry 4.0 embraces solutions, processes as a social process that addresses questions and technologies and describes the exten- of freedom and democracy, down to the pro- sive use of IT and a high degree of system tection of individuals. networking in factories. Many German companies are fast moving down the path to In the medium term, the Digital Agenda is Industry 4.0, which in particular advances intended to make Germany the leading digitalisation in the areas of production provider of Industry 4.0 and the number- engineering and logistics. Overall, industry one digital growth country in Europe. In is expecting ever intense international com- positive scenarios, studies estimate additional economic growth potential from Industry 4.0 of between 200 and 425 billion NUMBER euros by 2025. As a cross-cutting technology, the information and communications 600 Internet service providers and other organisations from 60 countries are linked up to DE-CIX. In terms of data throughput, the Internet hub in Frankfurt am Main is the largest in the world. In 2015 data throughput reached the 4-Terabit-per-second mark for the first time. After Marseille (France), Palermo (Italy) and Dallas (USA), the DE-CIX operator is now setting up a hub in Istanbul (Turkey). → de-cix.net technology (ICT) sector plays a key role here. Today as much as 23 percent of growth in productivity can be traced to investment in ICT. 900,000 employees generate sales of 228 billion euros, making Germany the fourth-largest market after the USA, Japan and China, and the largest ICT market in Europe. The development of the digital infrastructure, in particular of broadband Internet access, is regarded as one of the key tasks to drive digitalisation. The aim is to create a