Digitalisation is a major empowering factor for the economy as a whole. Without digitalisation, the economy would come to a standstill; a business location that does not offer a highly performing digital infrastructure will be left behind. The primary goal is to improve existing framework conditions in order to foster digital innovation and technology transfer.
The market penetration of smartphones in Austria amounts 94 percent. It is therefore a logical consequence to offer as many e-government services as safely possible for mobile devices: E(lectronic)-Government becomes "M(obile)-Government".
Digitalisation opens up great opportunities for businesses. The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs encourages tearing down unnecessary barriers: thus, it wants to reduce the proliferation of information obligations for entrepreneurs and greatly simplify their implementation. Economic data that need to be notified are to be reported based on the "Once-Only Principle". Moreover, new businesses will be further assisted in their electronic registration. Information can be found at Unternehmensserviceportal usp.gv.at.
What is the “Once-Only” principle?
It means that citizens and businesses supply diverse data only once to a public administration. Public administrations take actions to internally share these data - also across borders - , so that no additional burden falls on citizens and businesses. The application of this principle needs to be in compliance with the EU data protection legislation. Implementing the “Once-Only” principle across borders contributes towards the efficiency of the Digital Single Market in Europe. Businesses will benefit from the solutions developed by TOOP. The key words are: time-savings, lowering administrative burden and reducing costs for businesses, fulfilling legal obligations faster. The shared data between public administrations remain under the control and the consent of the businesses involved. Administrations will benefit through improved service quality and administrative efficiency.
Another priority is the inclusion of SMEs in the digital network, to support SMEs and start-ups. These enterprises are to be supported in the electronic monitoring of their production processes as well as in using the internet for e-commerce purposes. The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs sees itself as an innovation driver in Austria for Austria. In addition to own offerings and solutions, optimal conditions must be created for innovations in the sense of a digital ecosystem.
Science & Economics
In order to become an innovation leader, potentials must be identified and used optimally. The best in science should be merged with the best companies. Excellence and internationality are crucial in order to exploit previously unused opportunities and become interesting for investors in the long term.
By establishing networks in specific industries or technologies, consisting of a few to many members, synergies can be achieved through joint focus of increased research, export or marketing activities that a single company could not achieve. A better positioning of Austrian companies and their products and services in the market also promotes Austria globally as a business location. The national cluster platform in the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs lists around 64 cluster initiatives with 7.000 participating companies and research institutions and over 800.000 employees (number has double counts when companies are active in multiple clusters). To further support our business location, contributions will come from co-operations and model developments with other ministries.
The work environment is being changed by digitalisation. Thus, it becomes necessary to adapt professional trainings. Digital methods such as smartphone apps, online lectures or webinars are playing an increasingly important role. Blended learning - the interweaving of face-to-face teaching with e-learning elements - is also increasingly being integrated into the course design, where it contributes to quality improvement. Digital content enriches social interaction between learners and teachers.
Dealing consciously and responsibly with data and critically evaluating sources of information is one of today's basic skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic. The business community is very interested in getting workers in the segment 45+ from off-liners to on-liners. Therefore BMDW is active to push the topic digital literacy in Austria.
The technical basis for our digital future is broadened in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology. At the beginning of 2021, Austria will be the 5G pilot country and by 2025, the nationwide supply of gigabit connections will be reached.
With the "Digital Offensive", the Austrian Federal Government is pushing ahead with the competitive and technology-neutral expansion of nationwide broadband high-performance infrastructures based on the objectives of the "Broadband Strategy 2020", which is funded by the BMDW and the BMVIT:
- In 2018, ultra-fast broadband high-performance access (i.e. a download rate of at least 100 Mbit / s) is to be available in the metropolitan areas (around 70 percent of households).
- In 2020, an ultrafast broadband high-performance access will be achieved nearly nationwide.
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