Gelsenkirchen is a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Ruhr area. In the early 20th century, Gelsenkirchen was the most important coal mining town in Europe. So much so, the exit from coal and steel from 1958 to 1980 can still be felt today.

The transformation from an economy dominated by large companies to an economic structure characterised by small scale, diversity and robustness is taking place. Hence, the demand of an expansion of the digital network in the city of Gelsenkirchen arose from an acute need of local enterprises for fast and reliable networks, in order to maintain their competitiveness on the market.

Titled "Gelsenkirchen - the connected city", its digital policy is intended to illustrate that this is not just about creating a smart or digital city, but about connecting the city in every aspect with the tools provided by the digital age. For Gelsenkirchen digitisation is a decisive factor and innovative driver for further urban development.

Gelsenkirchen digital transformation strategy

Due to the strong industrial character of coal and steel in the last century and the subsequent exit from coal, 12 disused mines with 67 shafts are located in the city. The city has focused its work on the following overarching four key priorities:

  1. Urban redevelopment for vibrant centres and attractive districts
  2. Creating successful biographies together
  3. Structural change and new employment
  4. A solidary urban society