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As a leading hub for mobile business in Germany, NRW offers optimum conditions for the next generation of mobile phones. Three of the four largest German mobile phone operators – T-Mobile, Vodafone and Telefónica – are based in NRW. In addition, there is a strong TV, games and print sector, which is increasingly making its content available via mobile formats, as well as an efficient infrastructure of service-providers, developers and research institutions. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backs innovative content for use on mobile phones and supports the young developer scene in NRW. 

Facts and figures

  • major players: Vodafone, T-Mobile, Huawei, Ericsson, Telefónica
  • one of the federal states with the most mobile Internet users
  • mobile phone hub of Düsseldorf a leader in Europe
  • successful and diverse app developer scene
  • pioneer in location-based services
  • good conditions for young developers and start-ups

More information:

Mobile business in NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: Digital Games and interactive content

Dr. Christoph Erdmann
Managing Director Secusmart
We have very good international connections to the transport network thanks to the airport. We are constantly growing, so good developers are crucial and we find them at the nearby universities in Düsseldorf and Aachen as well as Bochum.
Linda Kruse
Founder & Managing Director the Good Evil GmbH
We took the right decision a few years ago and founded the Good Evil in NRW! As a young company, we were really able to benefit from the productive and cooperative location. Gamescom makes the difference along with the mix of international and local as well as small and large developers.
Katharina Glowka
Managing Director Golden Orb
Living and working as a media professional in NRW not only provides us with a colourful and creative network as well as diverse funding opportunities, but also cosmopolitan and genial lifestyles - no matter whether it is in the Rhineland or the Ruhr region.
Frank Schleimer
co-founder and CEO, COUPIES
COUPIES has its company headquarters at the centre of Cologne, the Internet city. Besides an active Web 2.0 scene and the biggest mobile phone companies in Düsseldorf and Bonn, the economic information technology department of the Uni Cologne is a great address for new ideas.
Mustafa Mussa
CEO bam! Interactive
NRW is THE media region par excellence since we also have a creative media landscape alongside solid technology that is concentrated in a radius of 150 km – and all of this with the nice ambience of the Rhine and Ruhr: the perfect combination for breathtaking apps.