Europe is falling even further behind the US in its application of information technology, according to a new report unveiled this week at the Cebit show in Germany.
The study, undertaken by the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO), predicts that growth in western European IT and telecomms markets will lag well behind expansion in the US, Asia and Latin America in 1997.
While western Europe?s IT market is expected to grow by 7.1 per cent this year, the US industry will enjoy a more healthy 9.2 per cent. The report estimates that the telecomms market in western Europe will grow by 7.3 per cent.
Commenting on the widening technology gap at Cebit yesterday, Gerhard Schulmeyer, chief executive of Siemens Nixdorf, said that the relatively slow adoption of IT in the region was, ?a serious issue for Europe". He warned that labour laws like those in Germany were slowing down investment processes.
According to Bruno Lamborghini, chairman of EITO, Europeans spend far less per head than north Americans on IT and telecomms services. In 1996 Europeans spent an average of $936 per head compared with $1,598 in the US.
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