ish (company)

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ish NRW GmbH

legal form GmbH
founding October 12, 2001
resolution May 22, 2007
Reason for dissolution Merger with iesy to form Unity Media
Seat Cologne , Germany
  • Herbert Leifker, managing director
  • Christopher Winfrey, managing director
Number of employees circa 935
Branch Cable operator

The ish NRW GmbH was a regional cable network operator in North Rhine-Westphalia with seat in Cologne . The company was the developer and operator of the former Telekom cable network in North Rhine-Westphalia, the largest contiguous broadband network in Germany. The ish product range comprised analog and digital TV via cable , high-speed Internet access and telephony .

On May 22, 2007, the regional cable network operators iesy (Hessen), ish (NRW) - both network level 3 - and Tele Columbus West GmbH (network level 4 cable TV provider) were merged to form the new Unity Media brand .


On July 1, 2000, the American-British company Callahan Associates International took over 55% of the shares in the Deutsche Telekom cable network in North Rhine-Westphalia. Ish was founded as a subsidiary to operate and launched on October 12, 2001. In 2002 it ran into financial difficulties. Finally, ish implemented a drastic fee increase, which was examined and approved in the spring of 2002 by the regulatory authority for telecommunications and post (RegTP).

A takeover by Kabel Deutschland was rejected by the Federal Cartel Office in September 2004 . Ish belonged to an international banking consortium for two years before the company merged with iesy Hessen in June 2005 with the approval of the Federal Cartel Office under the umbrella of the newly founded company Unity Media.

According to company information, ish recently supplied around 3.7 million households (as of April 2007). A total of 900 employees worked in the company. In the call center in Bochum another 250 people were employed.

Distribution area of ​​the ish cable networks

In the meantime, the company operated under the name Unitymedia NRW GmbH , which now operates as Vodafone NRW GmbH and belongs to Vodafone .


The digital programs at ish were compiled as follows:

  • ARD digital
  • ZDFvision
  • tividi Free
  • tividi family
  • tividi Basic (included other programs in addition to the family package)
  • tividi Home (also with Arena package)
  • tividi Extra ("national and international sports programs, international information programs, erotic offers; follow-up package to the earlier packages tividi Global, tividi Sports and tividi Privat")
  • tividi International ("international entertainment programs, focus on Turkey")
  • tividi Spain / Portugal
  • tividi Poland
  • tividi Russia
  • tividi Italy
  • tividi Greece
  • tividi Audio ( Classical , Country , Dance , Instrumental , Jazz , Latin , Soul , Oldies , Rock , Pop , International)

Basic encryption

ish broadcast all digital channels with encryption ( Nagravision ). A digital receiver and a SmartCard from ish were required for reception. The digital cable connection cost 1.41 euros / month for ish cable customers with individual user contracts (as of April 2007), the minimum contract period was 24 months.

Individual evidence

  1. Telekom sells cable network majority in North Rhine-Westphalia. In: heise online. February 22, 2000, accessed April 14, 2020 .
  2. Extract from the commercial register of ish NRW GmbH (HRB 55984). Retrieved July 6, 2020 .
  3. Handelsregisterauszug Unitymedia NRW GmbH (HRB 55984). Retrieved July 6, 2020 .
  4. Handelsregisterauszug Vodafone NRW GmbH (HRB 55984). Retrieved July 6, 2020 .