Electrical industry: broadband expansion unsatisfactory

Released on 04.10. 2021

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The broadband expansion is progressing – but it remains the bottleneck in many places. According to a survey, many companies do not even have the basic requirements for digital business processes.

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Gaps in the supply of fast Internet are still holding back many companies in Germany when it comes to digitization.

The situation with broadband expansion has indeed changed Improved, determined the Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (ZVEI) on Monday based on a survey in the industry. The situation is “still far from satisfactory”.

Saw 2016 Around a quarter of those questioned are a cause of slow digitization in the lack of broadband expansion, now it is still twelve percent. “Conversely, this means that more than every tenth company does not have the basis to implement digital business models,” the association concluded. This particularly affects small and medium-sized enterprises, which are often based in the countryside. 139 companies which, according to ZVEI data, account for a third of the annual turnover in the sector.

The new federal government called on the ZVEI to promote technological innovations, artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven business models more actively. «AI-based solutions and algorithms have long been part of our everyday lives. Now more than ever it is important to take advantage of their opportunities and not to freeze in the face of possible risks. To this end, regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles must finally be dismantled ”, warned ZVEI President Gunther Kegel.

For more than a third of electrical companies, a lack of legal certainty is a major obstacle to digitization. “The new federal government must find a pragmatic way of how personal data can also be used in a legally secure manner within the framework of the GDPR – for example through clearly defined anonymization procedures,” demanded the ZVEI.

The data protection Basic Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union regulates the processing of personal data by private companies and public bodies. Its purpose is to ensure that personal data are protected within the European Union, but at the same time guarantee the free movement of data within the European internal market.

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