2025 Digital Spain
Spain Digital 2025 includes nearly 50 measures grouped into ten strategic axes with which, over the next five years, it is intended to promote the country's digital transformation process, in line with the digital strategy of the European Union, through public collaboration -private and with the participation of all economic and social agents in the country. More than 15 ministries and public bodies and more than 25 economic, business and social agents have participated in the elaboration of this digital agenda.
Spain Digital 2025 contemplates the implementation during 2020-2022 of a set of structural reforms that would mobilize a significant volume of public and private investment, in the vicinity of 70,000 million euros.
Public investment in the 2020-2022 period would be around 20,000 million euros, of which 15,000 million euros, approximately, would correspond to the different programs and new Community financing instruments of the Next Generation EU Recovery Plan, which establishes that digitization has to be one of the main axes to mobilize these resources.
To this would be added the investment planned by the private sector, of some 50,000 million euros, in a moderate scenario of deployment of the measures.
Spain Digital 2025 will focus its objectives on promoting the country's digital transformation as one of the fundamental levers to relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity and take advantage of all the opportunities offered by new technologies , with respect to constitutional and European values, and the protection of individual and collective rights.
This agenda consists of about 50 measures that are articulated around ten strategic axes:
- Digital connectivity. Guarantee adequate digital connectivity for the entire population, promoting the disappearance of the digital divide between rural and urban areas, with the goal that 100% of the population have 100 Mbps coverage by 2025
- Continue to lead the deployment of 5G technology in Europe and encourage its contribution to increasing economic productivity, social progress and territorial structuring. A goal is set for 100% of the radio spectrum to be ready for 5G by 2025
- Strengthen the digital skills of workers and the general public. Special emphasis will be placed on the needs of the labor market and on closing the digital divide in education. The goal is that by 2025 80% of people have basic digital skills and that half of them are women.
- Strengthen the Spanish capacity in cybersecurity. It seeks to have 20,000 specialists in cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and data in 2025 thanks, among other aspects, to the business activity pole that is the environment of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE).
- Promote the digitization of Public Administrations, particularly in key areas such as Employment, Justice, or Social Policies by updating technological infrastructures. In 2025, 50% of public services will be available through a mobile app and the relationship between citizens and companies with the Administrations will be simplified and personalized.
- Accelerate the digitization of companies, with special attention to micro-SMEs and start-ups. The goal is set for at least 25% of the business volume of SMEs to come from electronic commerce by 2025.
- Accelerate the digitization of the production model through digital transformation driving projects in strategic economic sectors such as Agri-food, Mobility, Health, Tourism, Commerce or Energy, among others. These projects aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 10% due to the digitization of the economy in 2025.
- Improve the attractiveness of Spain as a European audiovisual platform to generate business and jobs, with a goal of increasing the audiovisual production in our country of 30% by 2025.
- Move towards a data economy, guaranteeing security and privacy and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence with the aim that, at least, 25% of companies use Artificial Intelligence and Big Data within five years.
- Guarantee rights in the new digital environment, and in particular, labor, consumer, citizen and business rights. In this area, the objective is to draw up a charter of digital rights.
This agenda will promote the country's digital transformation by guaranteeing digital connectivity, the deployment of 5G, the strengthening of cybersecurity capacity, the digitization of Public Administrations and companies, particularly SMEs, the promotion of Spain as a “hub ” of audiovisual production, the development of the data economy and Artificial Intelligence and the guarantee of citizens' digital rights. The development of leading projects for the digitization of the production model in strategic sectors is also foreseen.
In addition, Spain Digital 2025 wants to contribute to closing the different digital gaps that have widened in recent years, whether for socioeconomic,gender, generational, territorial, or environmental reasons, and that have become apparent during the pandemic. A mission that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Advisory council and monitoring
The Government has created the Consultative Council for Digital Transformation, which will have a public-private nature and will facilitate dialogue and participation of the different economic and social agents for the digital transformation of the country.
The National Observatory of Telecommunications and the Information Society (ONTSI) will contribute by providing public information on digital transformation and supporting the preparation of reports for the evaluation and updating of the actions carried out within the framework of this agenda.
Additionally, a website dedicated to Digital Spain 2025 will be created, with updated information on measures and indicators, and an Annual Monitoring Report will be prepared, which will be presented to the Advisory Council for Digital Transformation.
The new Digital Agenda called Spain Digital 2025, was presented by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in an act that took place at the Palacio de la Moncloa.
The Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures of society, the economy and the territories, as well as the Strategy to Promote 5G technology are two priorities of the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda. The objective is to move towards the digital transformation of the economy and society and, at the same time, contribute to closing the different existing digital gaps, whether for socioeconomic, gender, generational or territorial reasons.
Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures
The Plan for Connectivity and Digital Infrastructures of society, the economy and the territories develops the first of the axes contained in the Digital Spain 2025 agenda. The objective is the use of connectivity and digitization as tools that contribute to closing the different existing digital gaps for socioeconomic, gender, generational, territorial or environmental reasons.
On the basis of the available infrastructures, a set of reforms and investments are proposed aimed at completing access to digitization throughout the national territory, both in relation to digital and connectivity infrastructures, as well as in terms of technological innovation in tractor sectors, reinforcing the role of Spain as one of the driving forces of digitization in the EU as a whole.
Strategy to Promote 5G technology
The Strategy to promote 5G technology is one of the priorities of the Spain Digital 2025 agenda. 5G technology is, along with other disruptive technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, advanced data analysis or robotics, the cornerstone of digitization characterized by an increasingly dynamic and constant technological change. To make the coexistence of a huge number of new technologies and multiple electronic devices viable and efficient, the hyperconnectivity provided by 5G emerges as a key element.
5G technology will have a positive impact on aspects such as improving competitiveness and efficiency in the use of productive resources, or in terms of higher quality or performance of products or services generated in different economic sectors.