Business infrastructure are the basic facilities, structures and services upon which the rest of a business is built.
It is common to think of infrastructure as physical things but basic software and services can also be considered infrastructure. Reproduction of materials found on this site, in any form, without explicit permission is prohibited.
This report is part of the International Transport Forum’s Case-Specific Policy Analysis series.
These are topical studies on specific issues carried out by the ITF in agreement with local institutions.
The term infrastructure was first used in the English language in the late 1880s.
The work comes from Latin roots "infra-" meaning "below" and "struere" meaning "to build". National Research Council adopted the term “public works infrastructure” to refer to functional modes including highways, airports, telecommunications, and water supplies, as well as the combined systems that these elements comprise.
Governments play a critical role in providing the framework for investment in the transport, energy and water infrastructure on which economies depend.
Long asset lives and large sunk costs make such investments particularly subject to risk and uncertainty.
The following are common examples of business infrastructure. View credits & copyrights or citation information for this page.
This report reviews experiences with strategic infrastructure planning with a view to identifying international best practices.