ICT in NRW
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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- 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:
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North Rhine-Westphalia at a glance
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