The Netherlands Advantage

  • Demand for new technologies in the consumer and business to business markets for this infrastructure has created strong clusters of IT and internet companies in the Netherlands.
  • The Dutch government provides support for ICT start-ups and entrepreneurs starting up new businesses and developing innovative high technology products.
  • Boasts 100% digital fibre-glass network with a bandwidth of 2.5 Gb/s,
  • Provides access to next generation Internet and Gigaport, a unique, high-speed network for transmission of data and development of internet-based applications.
  • Has direct access to SARA, one of Europe's main computer and networking services centres, for large data storage and transmission capacity.

Information & Communications Technology

Equipped with state-of-the-art digital telecommunications network, the Netherlands represents not just the physical, but also informational gateway to Europe.   With its sophisticated glass fibre telecom infrastructure, the Netherlands is one of the most wired countries in the world.  Internet penetration in the Netherlands is amongst the highest in Europe and the country has become a good market for new technologies.

The Netherlands was ranked as sixth in a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum in 2007, which identifies how innovative countries are with regards to Information & Communications Technology (ICT). The survey which involved 122 countries is conducted every six years, and tests three factors: innovative environment, the skills of individuals, companies and governments and the implementation of IT and communication. The Netherlands' location and links within Europe have already attracted a large number of international ICT companies that have chosen the country as their strategic hub for penetration into the European market. Some of these include Cisco, Dell Computer and Abaco International.