Towards a competitive European Internet industry

A socio-economic analysis of the European Internet industry and the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership

by Stijn Hoorens, Dieter Elixmann, Jonathan Cave, Man Sze Li, Gabriella Cattaneo

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The Internet transformed our daily lives over the past decade and revolutionised the way we do business. While there remain challenges, the Internet promises to fuel economies and improve well-being in the future. However, Europe has been slower than the US, Korea or Japan to capture the full benefits of the Internet economy.

The study was set up to estimate the potential economic and societal contributions of the European Internet industry as well as the impacts of EU support for a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (PPP).

In particular, the report aims to:

  • Identify the key drivers and opportunities for the development of the European Internet industry, its growth and competitiveness;
  • Estimate the potential future economic contributions of the European Internet industry;
  • Estimate the economic impacts of the Future Internet PPP and its potential successor; and
  • Identify, assess and address the future barriers to competitiveness of the European Internet industry.

The study finds that the Future Internet has enormous economic potential for the EU Internet industry and Europe has the opportunity to reap these benefits. But only if some tough choices are made and a number of barriers to its international competitiveness can be overcome.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and study design

  • Chapter Two

    The European Internet Industry: key features that characterise its future

  • Chapter Three

    Three future scenarios for the European Internet industry

  • Chapter Four

    The future contribution of the European Internet industry under the three scenarios

  • Chapter Five

    The macroeconomic impact of a Future Internet PPP and its potential successor

  • Chapter Six

    The European Internet industry and Future Internet PPP in a global context

  • Chapter Seven

    Barriers to the competitiveness of the European Internet industry

  • Chapter Eight

    Recommendations

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