Information and communications technologies (ICT)

Innovative start-ups and large multinational companies

Representing approximately 4.5% of GDP and 30 billion Swiss francs in added value, the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is one of the pillars of Switzerland’s economy.  Within the Greater Geneva Bern area, the growth of this sector was stimulated by the need for secure data transfers for numerous multinational companies, banks and international organizations.  Today, the region is home to a large number of start-ups in the fields of bio-informatics, cryptography, and information security, as well as major international players such as Cisco, VeriSign, HP, Autodesk and Huawei.

At the forefront of innovation

Technical know-how and an innovative spirit have always been key features of the Greater Geneva Bern area, where revolutionary ICT inventions were born.  Among all of these inventions, the most noteworthy are the world wide web, invented at CERN in Geneva and the programming language Scala,
developed at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and today used by companies such as Twitter and Netflix.  Accordingly, it is not surprising that the region is a magnet for companies in the IT, media and telecommunications sectors looking to benefit from the available know-how.  The GGBa also relies on the expertise of the Alp ICT platform.

Key figures

  • ICT represents 4.5% of GDP
  • 28 billion CHF in added value
  • Ranked 5th in the Network Readiness Index (out of 139 countries)
Sources: Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Network Readiness Index (2020)

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