Connectivity: the hot topic on the Dutch agenda

Connectivity has evolved significantly over the past decades. It grew from a technical aspect to a crucial element of our daily life and business. In the Netherlands (and beyond), connectivity is currently high on the agenda. The focus on this topic is driven by a growing reliance on digital technologies and the shift to hybrid and remote working models. But this issue also plays an important role at the public level, due to the ever-growing need for fast, reliable but above all secure internet access. We would like to take you through the topic of connectivity and why it is a hot topic in the Netherlands. We will also be setting out the challenges and opportunities this presents for you as a business user.

Connectivity: the cornerstone of the digital society

Connectivity, or the ability to connect devices to one another, or connect devices and people, via the internet, thus plays a central role in today’s society. Whether streaming videos, communicating via social media, working from home, or the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT): everything depends on a stable internet connection. The Netherlands is also known for its high internet penetration and speeds. Positive, of course, but at the same time this lead has brought new challenges. We will list them clearly for you below. Then we will discuss the opportunities.

Do you have a picture of what opportunities and threats apply to your business or organisation? Do you need a discussion partner on these issues? Then contact us. We are happy to provide input on your connectivity issue.


Challenges of connectivity in the Netherlands

  • Security and privacy: With increasing connectivity comes new challenges in cybersecurity and data protection. Ensuring the security and privacy of citizens and businesses is a constant concern.
  • Capacity: The growing demand for bandwidth and the emergence of new technologies require a different view on how we handle our infrastructure. Consider redeploying unused fibre capacity versus investing in infrastructure and equipment. This different view is necessary to increase capacity.
  • Innovation: The Netherlands wants to remain at the forefront of technological innovation. There is therefore a need for investment in research and development in connectivity, including IoT applications.

Opportunities for the Netherlands

  • Economic growth: Strong connectivity infrastructure drives economic growth. It attracts investment, supports new business models and increases the Netherlands’ competitiveness in the global market. In fact, the contribution of the IT and Digital Infrastructure sector to GDP has increased by 32% over the past five years.  (Source: Dutch IT Channel)
  • Smart cities: connectivity lays the foundation for smart cities, with advanced infrastructure for public transport, energy management and efficient public services.
  • Education and healthcare: connectivity can improve access to education and healthcare, especially in remote areas, through e-learning and telemedicine (ICT-supported care).
  • Sustainability: optimising connectivity can improve energy use efficiency, contributing to the Netherlands’ sustainability and climate change targets.

Connectivity as a crucial building block

In short, connectivity is a vital part of modern society and the Dutch agenda. It offers opportunities for economic growth, innovation and improved services, but also brings challenges such as the digital divide and cybersecurity threats. The Netherlands faces the challenge of seizing these opportunities and addressing the challenges to create a strong, inclusive, and technologically advanced society ready for the future. Connectivity will continue to serve as a crucial building block on this journey.

Would you like to find out more about how we are putting this into practice? Then read our blog: The reason why unlocking dark fibre is more relevant than ever.