"Spain is one of the top EU performers on digital connectivity: ranks third in the EU in connectivity and seventh in digital public services, with levels well above the European average (Digital Decade Report 2023)"
The ICT sector was one of the fastest-growing sectors in Spain over the last decade and digitalisation is a strategic factor in transforming the production model and stimulating economic recovery in Spain after the pandemic.
The Spanish government’s commitment to digitalisation is strong, as highlighted in the Digital Spain Plan 2025, which features specific strategies to promote technologies that are crucial for Spain: 5G, cybersecurity, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Its commitment to communications and new technologies has also been reinforced by Europe’s commitment to digital transformation as a lever for transforming the economy.
Spain is therefore the country that will receive most funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (NextGenerationEU): up to 140 billion euros between 2021 and 2026, 23.1% of which will go to the modernisation and digitalisation of industry, SMEs and tourism, as well as promoting entrepreneurship Spain. The funds will focus on SMEs, authorities and citizens.
The ICT sector had a turnover of 122 billion euros in 2022, which represents a growth of +5.1% compared to the previous year. The digital economy continues to increase its impact, reaching 22.6% of GDP, with over 38,209 domestic and international ICT companies directly employing 636,326 people (Digital Economy Barometer AMETIC september 2023).
Spain ranks first among large European economies in very high-capacity network coverage: 93% of individuals have access to very high-capacity fixed networks (more than 100 Mbps), 20 points higher than the EU average, according to the DESI Indicators 2023 (Digital Decade Report 2023).
Science parks work in collaboration with the business sector to promote innovation projects in ICT clusters that are located in almost every part of the country.
ICT is a mature sector in Spain, where prestigious businesses such as Telefónica, Amadeus, Indra or Everis lead projects on international markets.
Exports of goods and services from the ICT sector maintained an upward trend in 2022 with the record number of 21,089 million euros, representing 4.4% of Spain's total export.
In 2022 E-commerce turnover recorded a significant growth of +25.4%, reaching 72,400 million€.
Spain has the largest household fibre network in the EU. And 92% of households are covered by very high capacity networks. With more than 172,000 mobile base stations and over 58 million mobile phones, foreign ICT companies and entrepreneurs are choosing Spain for its solid telecommunications infrastructure network and excellent connectivity.
As an EU member with a key location for trade, Spain is a gateway to the EU market and business with European partners. Spain has a dynamic ecosystem for startups, with various cities and regions featuring on the European innovation and digitalisation map. It offers physical security and legal certainty, social stability and an attractive lifestyle that makes it a unique life experience for many digital nomads and their families.