Digital infrastructure is as much a precondition for economic development as physical infrastructure is. High speed broadband is a necessity for all businesses. Without strong digital infrastructure, no modern business is competitive – the corona pandemic certainly erased any remaining doubt about that.
At the moment, there are still large swathes of Southern Sweden and Eastern Denmark that lack solid digital infrastructure, and studies done by Greater Copenhagen indicate that this lack is costing the region significant sums (see the WSP-report below).
Digitalisation, however, is not merely a question of infrastructure. Digital skills also play an essential role for the ability of citizens, businesses and public institutions to actively participate in the development of the digital space. So correspondingly, digital education and research should be strengthened and when the region cannot meet demand for IT-skills on its own, we need to attract expertise and investments from abroad.
Our political framework for Greater Copenhagen’s digital future has been dubbed Greater Copenhagen Gigabit. In this political Charter, we have identified 6 priorities for our common digital growth and development effort.
Report: Large gains for society with high speed broadband
There are large socioeconomic gains to reap by ensuring a modern and digital infrastructure according to a report conducted for Greater Copenhagen by WSP. The report also evaluates that economic productivity would grow by 6 billion DKK annually, if fast internet is established across the entire region.