22/05/2021 digic

Digital technology has kept us connected during the pandemic – how can it help Europe’s recovery?

Digital technology is changing the way we live and work. The pandemic and lockdowns has shown how much we depend on it, from remote working to online medical consultations to video calls with family and friends.

However, the pandemic has also highlighted the gap between the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’ More than 40% of Europeans have no basic digital skills and almost a quarter of homes have no broadband.

Fewer than 20% of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) use internet cloud services or use the internet to sell their products or services.

Digital transition in Europe, so far:

• Finland, Germany and Hungary are the most advanced in 5G readiness
• 4G networks cover almost the entire European population
• Only 17 member states are already connected to 5G pioneer bands
• Only 32.5% of large companies use big data analytics
• The use of video calls has grown from 49% in 2018 to 60% in 2019
• 42% of the EU population still lacks basic digital skills.

Source: euronews.com

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