Fast and good quality connections
Belgium occupies second position in the EU for the quality of its connectivity (European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index 2016), it is the country that has the best IPv6 network in the world and it is still among the 10 leading countries in terms of mobile Internet speed (akamai’s state of the internet - Q3 2016 report).
An ideal climate and many location opportunities
Thanks to the intelligent use of the Walloon climate, data centres are able to ensure their cooling whilst minimising the impact on the environment. The weather conditions in Wallonia are ideal: average annual temperatures are between 8 and 10 degrees and annual rainfall is relatively high (between 800 and 1,300 mm/year). The location of some plots of land on the side of waterways or canals also offers data centres sustainable and affordable options.
A centre dedicated to digital innovation
It is also important to highlight the presence in Wallonia of a "Digital Innovation Valley" which, around the Initialis science park, brings together prestigious centres specialising in the field of digital innovation (Microsoft Innovation Centre, TechnocITé, the Technological Business Centre, the Google European data centre, Virtualis, etc.).
2016 innovation scoreboard: Belgium is ranked 7th among the "strong innovators"
European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index 2016
Belgium is the 6th most digital country - European Union 2017 digital scoreboard