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An efficient traffic system, a secure network of energy suppliers and a state-of-the-art telecom system: Austria's infrastructure is more than just competitive.

Traffic Infrastructure

Austria is not just the geographical heart of Europe – it’s also assuming a central position in the eyes of many international concerns as a distribution center and logistical hub between East and West.

The requirements for efficient and cost-effective transport of goods are a high-performance infrastructure, reliable transportation services and strategically favorable logistics regions. Austria offers precisely these advantages to its companies. The quality of the logistics infrastructure receives very high marks in international comparison.

The Austrian logistics infrastructure is characterized by modern terminals with high bay storage facilities, sufficient transshipment areas and good transport connections. A first-class communications infrastructure with broadband connections, nationwide mobile telephone networks and outstanding opportunities to electronically process business transactions are a matter of course.

ICT as an economic factor

The ICT sector in Austria generates about 7.6 % of total value creation. However, as generic technologies, ICT also impacts other sectors and enhances their productivity. An overall production value of EUR 31 billion including indirect effects can be assigned to the ICT sector. On balance, the ICT industry secures about 226,000 jobs in Austria (Source: Association of the Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industry).

The Austrian ICT market is characterized by intensive competition and a high level of creativity. According to information supplied by the Association of the Austrian Electrical and Electronic Industries (2014), companies operating in the information and communications technology sector generated a production value of EUR 36.6 billion, and accounted for 290,000 jobs in the Austrian economy.

Solid basis thanks to intensive research

The pre-requisite for the success on global markets is intensive research. The Research Promotion Agency ranks Austria among the top three European ICT locations. Total research expenditures were already put at EUR 1.37 billion in 2006. Austria’s ICT firms also perform outstandingly well in EU framework programs. The coefficient of financial return from EU funding recently totaled 185%.

Corporate research is also supported by targeted public sector funding programs, for example the umbrella initiative “ICT of the Future“. A great deal of ICT research is carried out by the competence centers involved in the Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (COMET) funding program featuring a budget of EUR 1.5 billion. Companies and academic institutions work together in specified research programs. Many of these centers put a strong focus on ICT research.

Top positions on the global market thanks to Austrian know-how

A large number of Austrian ICT suppliers and appliers have achieved a top global market position with their products. The broad spectrum ranges from semiconductor producers and App providers to automation specialists and developers of access systems. The strength of Austria as an ICT powerhouse is also reflected in the widespread use of information and communication technologies by the companies themselves. 98% have Internet access, and more than 93% boast broadband connections (Source: Statistics Austria).

Austria is European champion in e-Government

Austria is among the very best in Europe with respect to e-Government [pdf, 70.8kb]. According to the latest E-Government Benchmark 2015, Austria ranks among the top countries in Europe for the indicators “online availability“ and “online user friendliness“, and is far superior to the EU average. Austria has been able to reach such a high level with relatively low investment costs. The study which was contracted by the European Commission documented the development of the e-Government offering in 30 European countries (28 EU member states as well as Norway and Iceland).