2018

The analogue switch-off completes the final phase of the cable network’s migration from analogue to digital. The capacities vacated by analogue channels are used for more HD channels and the increase of the internet speed.

2017

With advanceTV, Tele Columbus presents the entertainment solution which allows television to be independent of space and time. The peak broadband speed of 400 Mbit/s is available for around one million Tele Columbus households. The comprehensive upgrade to the latest infrastructure standard DOCSIS 3.1 is initiated.

2016

The three company divisions Tele Columbus, primacom and pepcom are merging to form a single company. The Tele Columbus Group is Germany’s third-largest cable network operator and covers around 3.6 million households, including more than 500,000 internet customers.

2015

Tele Columbus acquires the cable network operators primacom and pepcom and further expands its strong position as number 3 in the German market with a total of 3.6 million connected households.

Tele Columbus now also offers its customers mobile telecommunications services in cooperation with Drillisch.

Tele Columbus is the first provider in the German retail market to launch 400 Mbit/s Internet connections.

Tele Columbus goes public and has been listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since January 2015 , and on the S-DAX since June 2015.

2014

With a renewed capital structure, the company is focusing on sustainable growth and transforming itself into a stock corporation.

2013

About 95 percent of Tele Columbus’ broadband networks are equipped with the latest internet transmission standard DOCSIS 3.0.

2011

The Tele Columbus Group reduces its liabilities and is the first company in the German market to successfully complete its refinancing with a ‘scheme of arrangement’. An independent holding company based in Luxembourg becomes the new shareholder.

2010

For the first time, the Tele Columbus Group’s internet offering exceeds the magic mark of 100 megabits per second.

The Tele Columbus Group is betting early on the new HDTV standard as an added value for viewers and as a driver of digitization, and has been the first cable network operator to issue only HDTV-enabled receivers to its customers since the beginning of 2010.

2008

The Tele Columbus Group cooperates with Eutelsat and reaches independence from signal suppliers through establishing an independent signal feed via its own TV platform.

2007

Tele Columbus and ewt are operating under a uniform brand design for their customers, expanding their product range and changing their strategy from a technically oriented infrastructure operator to a customer-centric telecommunications service provider.

2006

The holding company Orion Cable acquires the Tele Columbus Group from Unity Media; a part of the group goes to the regional operators ish and KabelBW.

2005

A consortium of well-known investment companies and financial institutions founds Orion Cable GmbH and acquires first the majority and later all shares of ewt.

Unity Media acquires Tele Columbus.

ewt takes over the television cable segment of Bosch.

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2004

ewt acquires MDCC in Magdeburg.

2003

Deutsche Bank is selling Tele Columbus with its 2.3 million customers to a group of investors.

2000

A Tele Columbus subsidiary in Bochum enables telephony via broadband cable for the first time. As part of ‘Infocity’, internet is also offered via cable.

1999

Deutsche Bank acquires Tele Columbus.

The broadband cable division is spun off from Deutsche Telekom. The networks are to be sold to private investors on the basis of major regions.

1997

Tele Columbus acquires the Urbana Group.

ewt takes over the television cable segment of Siemens.

1995

The DVB-C standard for digital signal transmission in the cable network is developed.

1994

Vebacom GmbH, Düsseldorf, a subsidiary of VEBA AG, acquires all shares in Tele Columbus GmbH. Subsequently, more than 20 further cable operators of network level 4 are added.

1991

The number of households actually connected reaches the 10 million mark. Tele Columbus has agreements with the housing industry to connect one million households, of which 370,000 have already been completed.

1990

Tele Columbus serves 160,000 households.

1988

The number of households that can be connected reaches the 10 million mark.

1985

Tele Columbus GmbH is founded as a subsidiary of the Swiss Motor Columbus AG.

1984

The first cable pilot project is launched in Ludwigshafen. The Sat1 TV channel starts its operations here.

1983

Following the change of government in Bonn, federal postal minister Christian Schwarz-Schilling is promoting the construction of cable networks. Furthermore, it is decided to allocate the signal distribution to the Federal Post Office up to the buildings (network level 3) and to have the house cabling (network level 4) carried out by regional companies.

1978

The prime ministers of the federal states decide on the implementation of cable pilot projects and agree on financing.

1976

The commission recommends that pilot projects are initially carried out at four selected sites – Berlin, Dortmund, Ludwigshafen and Munich. The financing of the project budget of 140 million euros leads to a political dispute.

1974

Chancellor Willy Brandt has appointed a commission of experts to examine options for large-scale cabling in order to increase the number of television channels.

1972

The later Tele-Columbus subsidiary ewt is founded.

The first cable test networks are set up by the Bundespost in Hamburg and Nuremberg. The aim is to supply flats within radio shadows. 12 programs are transmitted.

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