Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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In North Rhine-Westphalia information and communication technology (ICT) is spearheading the digital transformation of the entire economy. Business leaders, researchers and investors in NRW can access all the know-how they need in order to shape the coming 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). On account of its innovative capabilities the North Rhine-Westphalian ICT sector is unlocking new sources of value added, creating new jobs – and is an economic powerhouse in its own right. No other federal state in Germany boasts a similar density of ICT enterprises – ranging from SMEs and software start-ups to telecoms giants.

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Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

... that North Rhine-Westphalia leads the rest of Germany in terms of broadband access? ... that the Düsseldorf-based company Cumulocity has developed software that facilitates mobile communication between machines? ... that Düsseldorf ranks as Germany's "Mobile Capital"?

Quick Facts

  • The around 23,600 ICT enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia employed 206,000 men and women in 2014 and generated combined sales revenues of approx. €101 billion. This is equivalent to 16.2 percent of NRW's gross domestic product.
  • The IT industry in NRW employs a workforce of 174,000 and generates sales of approx. €43 billion.
  • In 2014 the telecommunications sector in NRW generated sales of approx. €57 billion and employed a workforce of around 32,000.

NRW is shaping the digital revolution

NRW's strong industrial structures – coupled with the existence of numerous innovative IT enterprises and research organizations – create ideal conditions for investment in the digital transformation of the economy. For example, NRW has outstanding economic and scientific resources at its disposal for the development of large-scale IT security solutions. The Ruhr region in general (and Bochum in particular) is home to the largest concentration of IT security service providers in Germany. The state government has launched a special initiative to support spin-offs from universities and research establishments. Last but not least the initiative "Digitale Wirtschaft NRW" ("Digital Economy NRW") builds bridges between start-ups, research organizations and the business community. 

ICT companies in NRW

The line-up of ICT companies in NRW includes international market leaders in the IT sector as well as major players in the telecoms industry:

Atos Deutsche Telekom Ericsson Fujitsu
HP Huawei Technologies IBM Itelligence
Materna Toshiba Vodafone
Information and communications technologies
Polarisation Controller EPC1000
More Data At The Speed Of Light Source: Novoptel GmbH
Ever increasing quantities of videos, music, information and data are being transmitted via the internet. To cope with this vast data stream requires high-capacity fibre optic cables that transmit data by light pulses, not by electrical pulses as in copper cables. Optical fibres can cope with transmission rates around 10,000 times higher, but fibre optics have even greater potential, provided so-called polarisation controllers are also used. The innovation from Paderborn enables both of the light’s perpendicularly arranged polarisation directions in the optical fibre to be used, doubling information flow and significantly cutting the cost of data transfer. Research on the polarisation controller for optical fibres was carried out at the Institute of Electrical and Information Technology, University of Paderborn. It is now more than a hundred times faster than the devices and research performance of global competitors. The founding of spin-off company Novoptel led to the product, now named EPC 1000, being developed for full-fledged industrial use and launched on the market in 2010.