Amsterdam ranks top 5 globally for growth of digital infrastructure
This annual market study, published by Equinix Research Group, measures the growth of the digital economy and maturity of digital infrastructure. Globally, Amsterdam is in the top 5 leading metros for digital growth, with strengths in content & digital media, IT & cloud services, and energy & utility.
Digital-first is key to growth
This year’s Global Interconnection Index (GXI) 2023, published by Equinix Research group, reveals the latest trends in the global digital infrastructure. Despite economic turbulence and geopolitical instability, the study points to digital as a critical area of investment. This is underlined by the increasing number of organisations dominating the digital space, up by 30% in the last year.
In fact, the report notes that leading metros have grown their digital infrastructure more in the past 5 quarters than they have in the past 5 years. This increasing momentum towards a global connectivity enables organisations to tap into a greater ecosystem of partners and suppliers, making digital-first the key to future growth.
Amsterdam leads the way towards digital capability
According to the report, Amsterdam ranks in the top 5 leading metros globally with interconnection bandwidth forecast to grow by 39% CAGR (compound annual growth rate). This means that already fast internet speeds will become even more enabled. Amsterdam is also the largest EMEA metro for growth in content & digital media services, and the second largest for IT & cloud services and energy & utility.
As digitisation enables smarter solutions and Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) objectives become more imperative, the energy & utility sector is expected to lead global digital infrastructure growth over the next 2 years. Amsterdam’s cleantech sector is ready to meet the challenge, with companies like Sympower applying a software-forward approach to accelerate Europe towards its climate goals.
Going digital for a better future
The digital-first strategy has long been a priority in the Dutch capital. In recent years, the city has gained notoriety for their Smart City approach to developing digital solutions for metropolitan challenges. The Netherlands itself has also been recognised by the European Commission as the 3rd most digitised country in the EU in their 2022 Digital Economy & Society Index.