EU Country Profiles: Opportunities for Canada
The German ICT market is the fifth largest in the world, and in 2018 Germany was ranked the most innovative economy globally by the World Economic Forum. Specific market opportunities include fintech (Germany has the fourth largest fintech market in the world), big data, cloud services, cybersecurity, AI, and many other digital services developments.
France is the top importer of telecommunications services in the EU. The most promi- nent telecommunications industries in France are mobile phones and broadband. The country has one of the largest broadband subscriber bases in Europe. With telecom falling under the digital services industry, 5G is a central focus of the French telecommunications sector at the current time.
The Netherlands is a European hub for ICT companies, with several homegrown and international transplants. In fact, 60% of Forbes’ Global 2000 ICT companies have operations in the Netherlands. With a strong base of telecom providers, the Netherlands is currently ranked the most connected country in the EU (2018).