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Industry 4.0: robots in 16% of enterprises in manufacturing

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In 2018, almost one in six enterprises (16%) with 10 or more persons employed in the manufacturing sector in Germany uses industrial or service robots. To coincide with the Digital Summit that took place in Nuremberg on 3 and 4 December, the Federal Statistical Office also reported that large industrial enterprises use robots more often than smaller enterprises. In large enterprises with 250 or more persons employed, the proportion is 53%. In medium-sized enterprises with 50 to 249 persons employed, it is 24%. Small enterprises with 10 to 49 persons employed use robot technology much less frequently (10%). Industrial robots are used, for example, for welding, laser cutting and special paintwork. Service robots are used for controlling, transport or cleaning.

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Businesses with high speed broadband: Germany still EU average in 2017

Of all enterprises with at least 10 employees that have internet access in Germany, 42% had high-speed web access in 2017. Fast internet access is defined as a fixed broadband connection with a contractually agreed data transfer speed of at least 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). Compared to other EU Member States, this places Germany in the mid-range, slightly above the EU average of 40%.

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ICT sector

More than 107,000 enterprises in the ICT sector in 2016

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The information and communication technology (ICT) sector is composed of specialised enterprises of industry (ICT goods production), enterprises trading ICT goods (ICT wholesale trade) and enterprises providing services in the field of IT and telecommunications (ICT services) as their principal activity.

In 2016 the ICT sector comprised 107,170 enterprises. Their number was up by 4,050 (+3.9%) compared with the previous year.

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