In the period 2007-2017, Google’s data centre investments have supported the economic activity in Europe with EUR 490 million in gross domestic product (GDP)per year on average; in other words, EUR 5.4 billion in total for the whole period. At the same time, the data centre investments have supported 6,600 jobs per year on average (full-time equivalents).
That is the key conclusions in our study on Google’s investments in digital infrastructure.
In the study, we have measured the extent to which Google’s investments turn into benefit for European societies and economies. Since 2007, Google has spent EUR 3.2 billion on constructing and operating hyper-scale data centres in four European regions: St. Ghislain-Mons in Belgium, Hamina-Kotka in Finland, Dublin in Ireland and Eemshaven-Groningen in the Netherlands. Over the same period, an additional EUR 1.1 billion has been spent on European fibre networks, connecting the data centres to the internet and thus making them accessible for the multiple consumer and business applications offered.
Today, Dr Bruno Basalisco presents the results at a launch event in Brussels, joining speakers such as EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu and Matt Brittin, President Google Europe.
For further information, please contact Bruno Basalisco