Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Digital offensive for Germany at CeBIT – Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung

Hannover . With a multi-billion dollar ten-point plan, the government wants a residue of Germany in the digital transformation prevent.

For “Digital Strategy 2025″ Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) includes a focus on fiber optic lines and the construction of a digital agency as a control center. It is a matter, “as we as Europeans remain competitive in this data-driven economy,” he said at the CeBIT opening ceremony. On the IT fair, the industry warned of setbacks by hesitant grid expansion and professionals deficiency.

Europe should aim, in five or ten years the world’s most powerful infrastructure to have said Gabriel. “We should not be afraid to take up this competition with the United States or Asia.” At the same time it is only just beginning.

President Johann Schneider-Ammann warned of overregulation for the CeBIT partner country Switzerland. “For while we hedge against all possible threats, we risk that more and more value chains moving to California,” he said at the opening ceremony. Freedom is the prerequisite for creativity.

The industry association BDI warned at CeBIT an economic gap between Germany and due to the “dramatic faltering” expansion of digital networks. It is “imminent danger,” said BDI President Ulrich Grillo. “Our country is far from a high-performance digital infrastructure.”

From the perspective of the Ministry of Economy must not remain at the goal, Internet connections to a speed of 50 expand megabits per second. By 2025, there must be a Gigabit fiber are, going from the strategy paper produced.

With an average speed of 11 megabits per second you surf in Germany just about half fast as in South Korea, criticized Vodafone Germany chief Hannes Ametsreiter. “Germany’s digital future will not be decided on the copper wire, but with the gigabit fast fiber.”

The necessary investments in infrastructure by 2025 is estimated at 100 billion euros. This should come from the Ministry, especially from private investors. but is also proposed an investment fund of approximately EUR 10 billion for networks in rural areas. For more venture capital flows into young companies that conditions should be improved.

The digitization solves meanwhile from first revolutions in the German economy. Four out of ten companies brought new products or services in the course of change in the market, the industry association Bitkom said at CeBIT. At the same time

had therefore accept offers from the market and every eighth company. For digitizing include the networking of machines and everyday objects, the analysis of their data and resulting new business models , Europe is only just beginning legal debates that would result from the change, EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said in Hanover.

Many more companies in Germany store IT projects because they can not find suitable professionals for it. In a survey by the industry association VDI gave this year a good 52 percent of outsourcing as a solution to the problem of. In last year’s survey, the proportion was still just below 40 percent. “That must give us pause,” warned the VDI Director Technology and Science, Dieter Westerkamp. So just going to the know-how “about things that make the digital transformation” outsourced.

The next fast wireless data generation 5G can Germany but more weight in Tech bring -Business. “We have largely lost as in Germany in the information and communications technology,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, VDE-President and also technical director of Deutsche Telekom. “Now is a unique opportunity to change that with 5G.” A big advantage is the combination of auto industry and experience in sensors.

The CeBIT launched on Monday and runs until Friday. The number of exhibitors remained stable 3300.



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