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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 startups to telecoms giants.

Did you know ...

.. that the first European Blockchain Institute is being set up in NRW?

... that NRW is one of the hotspots for IT security in Germany?

… that Europe’s largest association of the internet economy has its headquarters in Cologne?

ICT in NRW | Quick Facts

106 bn €

sales revenues
More than 24,300 ICT enterprises in NRW employed around 228,200 people in 2017 and generated combined sales revenues of approx. €106 billion.

48 bn €

IT industry in NRW
The IT industry in NRW employs a workforce of more than 193,400 and generates sales of over €48 billion.

57 bn €

generated sales
In 2017 the telecommunications sector in NRW generated sales of more than €57 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 33,700.

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 startups, 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, Computacenter, Deutsche Telekom, ERICSSON, FUJITSU, HUAWEI, itelligence, MATERNA, Telefonica Deutschland, Vodafone.

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

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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