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Digital infrastructure: glass fibre urgently needed!

Report in Wirtschaftsdienst 97th volume, 2017, issue 3, pp. 157-158

German companies present themselves at CeBIT
as a technology leader on the way to the gigabit society. But when it comes to broadband, Germany is lagging: in terms of download speed, it is ranked 26th in the world, behind most industrialised nations and even behind Bulgaria and Romania. Although DSL availability is excellent, only 7.1% of German households have access to genuine fibre optic connections (FTTH/B: Fibre to the Home/Building).

Market design for efficient transmission of offshore wind energy

A study commissioned by Ørsted Offshore Wind, published as DIW Berlin -Politikberatung kompakt 136.

The expansion of offshore wind energy is a strategic component of Germany’s energy and climate policy. Therefore, according to the targets of the German government, 15,000 MW of offshore wind energy capacity should be available in Germany by 2030. Suppose offshore wind energy is to make a successful contribution to the transformation of energy systems. In that case, it will be necessary not only to build offshore wind farms but also to transport the electricity produced efficiently on land.

Annual Report on European SMEs 2017/ 2018

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to recover – intra-EU-28 exports are a key driver of growth!

SMEs form the basis of the EU-28 economy. Between 2008 and 2017, the gross value added generated by EU-28 SMEs increased by 14.3% and employment by 2.5% on a cumulative basis and growth is expected to continue in the coming year.

Annual Report on European SMEs 2016 / 2017

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue to recover!

SMEs form the basis of the EU-28 economy. In 2016, SMEs created 93 million jobs and added value by a further 1.4%. Businesses benefited mainly from stronger aggregate demand (consumption, exports and capital investment).