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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



ewt acquires MDCC in Magdeburg.


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


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.


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.


Tele Columbus acquires the Urbana Group.

ewt takes over the television cable segment of Siemens.


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


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.


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.


Tele Columbus serves 160,000 households.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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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