Frankfurt benefits from IP density, data centre concentration

Wednesday 4 October 2017 | 15:40 CET | News

According to eco, a German association for the digital economy, digital infrastructure such as data centres strongly and positively affect the economic growth of a particular region. Eco refers to the study "Useful digital infrastructures – a guarantee for growth in digital economy" by the Digital Hub FrankfurtRheinMain, which says metropolitan regions with useful infrastructure attract employees from high-tech branches, as well as industry, knowledge-intensive services, culture and the creative industry. Based on estimates by Borderstep Institute, in 2016, 200,000 jobs in Germany were directly or indirectly dependent on the data centre market.

According to Bela Waldhauser, leader of the Data Centre Expert Group in eco, data centres and broadband networks have an economic significance similar to streets, public transport networks, as well as utilities such as water and power supply. They are a prerequisite for economic growth. 

Frankfurt is one of the IP-densest metropolis globally, from which the whole metropolitan region Frankfurt RheinMain benefits. In the region, more than a half of all commercial internet data centres in Germany are concentrated.

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