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Strong networks are the lifelines of the digital future, and the heart of telecommunications in Germany beats in NRW. With 18 million inhabitants, NRW is one of the largest European markets for information and communications technology, and two largest telecommunications providers, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica are based on the Rhine. In addition there is a high-performance infrastructure of telco suppliers and service-providers, the pressing competition of cable and satellite companies and, not least of all, the proximity to prestigious content-providers.

Facts and figures

  • hub for the global players: Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica
  • almost 90 per cent of the German mobile phone market
  • more than every fourth job in the telco industry
  • on the way to the gigabit society
  • hub with international appeal

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Telecommunications in NRW


Timotheus Höttges
CEO Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is not only providing society with infrastructure; it allows people to participate in the opportunities offered by the digital world. Anytime and anywhere. Privately and professionally. That is our mission, and NRW is the home from where we assume this responsibility."
Stephan Schneider
Board Member Digitale Stadt Düsseldorf e.V.
With Düsseldorf as a mobile capital and a strong, lively network of companies, NRW provides an innovative power which is unique in the European telecommunications industry.
Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO Vodafone Germany
NRW stands for robust innovation and investment. We at Vodafone find an ideal environment here to develop fast networks and future-oriented products - for the move into the gigabit society and the sustainable competitiveness of Germany as a business hub.
Torsten Küpper
VP Corporate & Public Affairs HUAWEI Technologies Germany
HUAWEI's Western Europe and German headquarters are in NRW because we appreciate the excellent ecosystem in place here in the area of telecommunications. The proximity to many important clients and partners is a decisive factor for success.
Prof. Dr. Werner Schwaderlapp
Chairman of the Media Committee, Landesanstalt für Medien NRW
Net neutrality encourages startups, business innovations and competition. But net neutrality is also about diversity. All media content must be able to reach end users equally. In applying European regulations, it is necessary to ensure that market power cannot buy itself any precedence as far as content are concerned.