Information and communications technology (ICT)

With the highest concentration of the the ICT sector’s 500 leading international groups in Europe and vibrant network of highly innovative SMEs and start-ups, the Paris Region offers exceptional growth opportunities in ICT. 

  • Nearly 70,000 companies in the sector
  • Largest ICT workforce in Europe with 358,000 employees
  • All the key players across the value chain (IT for business, telecommunications, digital content producers, defense & security, optics and electronics)
  • Major multinational corporations: Dassault Systèmes, Orange, Siemens, Motorola, Vivendi, Ubisoft, Publicis, Havas, Safran, Airbus Group, GE Healthcare, etc.)

Europe’s leader for ICT Research & Development

  • Nearly 10,000 public and private sector researchers and engineers:
  • Private laboratories run by major industry leaders: Orange Labs, Technicolor, Thales, Bell Labs, Google, Microsoft, Huawei, Swissvoice, Comelit Immotec, etc.
  • Globally renowned state-funded research bodies including CEA, INRIA, LIP6, CNRS and IRCAM
  • 70 higher education institutions training more than 20,000 ICT students annually. These world-class schools include elite “Grandes Écoles” such as Supélec, École Centrale Paris and ENS Cachan, the Institut Électronique Fondamentale, etc.
  • Two competitiveness clusters focused on ICT:
    • Systematic Paris Region: designs, creates and manages complex systems
      • Nearly 800 members including 460 SMEs/education and training organizations and 125 major groups
      • Markets of key social importance: automotive & transportation, telecommunications, digital trust & security, smart energy management
      • 379 collaborative R&D projects with a total budget of €1.97 billion
    • Cap Digital Paris Region: digital content and services industries
      • More than 700 members including VSEs/SMEs, major groups, research and training organizations and venture capitalists
      • R&D investments of €1 billion since 2006
      • Futur en Seine Digital World Festival: global event dedicated to innovation in the digital economy

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