International Expansion

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1 Uninor becomes Telenor India
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Uninor becomes Telenor India

Telenor Group announced that Uninor, its subsidiary in India, will change its name to Telenor India. More than a name change, this is about expanding the commitment to bring the best value to its 40 million customers.

2 Telenor marks 160 years
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Telenor marks 160 years

Telenor marks its 160th year of operations and continuous change, continuing to help people get the full benefit of being connected

3
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Telenor and TeliaSonera withdraws from merger in Denmark

Disagreement with the European Commission on acceptable conditions to go ahead with plan to create a robust mobile operator

4 Launch of Thor 7 satellite
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Launch of Thor 7 satellite

THOR 7 successfully launched into space delivering satellite services for all the markets in which we operate

5
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Telenor Group marks Safer Internet Day

Telenor Group worldwide marks Safer Internet Day by announcing expanded efforts to keep the Internet safe for the estimated 55 million children around the world who are expected to come online by 2017

2015
6 Establishes an operation in Myanmar
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Establishes an operation in Myanmar

Signs an agreement with the Union Government of Myanmar for a nationwide telecommunications licence

7
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Telenor sells Conax

Telenor Broadcast sells Conax to Kudelski Group for NOK 1.5 billion. Conax serves approximately 380 clients worldwide representing 140 million pay-tv consumers in over 85 countries

8
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Telenor Pakistan starts roll-out of 3G

Telenor Pakistan starts roll-out of 3G services on its nationwide network, sharing Telenor Group’s global ambition to bring Internet for All

9 Telenor Banka opens – first online bank in Serbia
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Telenor Banka opens – first online bank in Serbia

Provides customers with innovative mobile banking services – a milestone in Telenor’s development of online financial services and mobile banking in Europe

10 Grameenphone and Mozilla bring low-priced Firefox phones to Asia
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Grameenphone and Mozilla bring low-priced Firefox phones to Asia

11 Connects first customers in Myanmar
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Connects first customers in Myanmar

12
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Telenor sole owner in Uninor in India

Completes 100% ownership of Telewings in India. As a result, Telenor takes full ownership of the company

13
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Telenor and TeliaSonera starts process to join forces in Denmark

Telenor and TeliaSonera enter into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each. Approval from EU expected during 2015

14 Telenor’s second Youth Summit for entrepreneurs
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Telenor’s second Youth Summit for entrepreneurs

28 young social entrepreneurs from all 13 Telenor countries join Telenor’s second annual Youth Summit in Oslo. The summit is in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center

2014
15
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Enters into a joint venture with MicroEnsure

MicroEnsure, is a leading provider of insurance products to more than four million people in Africa and Asia, and creates ?MicroEnsure Asia?

16
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Signs an agreement with UNI Global Union

Shall collaborate with UNI Global Union, the voice of 20 million service sector workers around the world, in order to establish a platform and framework for dialogue on fundamental labor rights

17
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Starts collaborating with the Global Network Initiative

Shall collaborate with the Global Network Initiative (GNI) to advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology sector

18
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Expands partnership with Opera Software

Inncludes Opera?s email, application store, payment solution and advertising opportunities

19
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Introduces mobile savings in Pakistan

Telenor and Tameer Bank first to introduce mobile savings in Pakistan as a supplement to the existing service Easypaisa which makes it possible to transfer money easily

20 Telenor enters Bulgaria
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Telenor enters Bulgaria

Acquires the second largest mobile operator in Bulgaria: GLOBUL

21
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Selects Accenture as global partner on shared services

Contribution to accelerate the implementation of a global shared services vision across Telenor Group (Finance & Accounting, HR, IT and transactional procurement/purchases)

22
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Telenor joins joint ventures on online classifieds

Telenor, Schibsted Media Group and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) are teaming up to create two joint ventures in online classifieds to people in Asia and South America

23
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Grameenphone in Bangladesh leaps toward Internet for All with 3G launch

24 Group CEO Fredrik Baksaas elected Chairman of GSMA
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Group CEO Fredrik Baksaas elected Chairman of GSMA

GSMA which in addition to nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators also represent 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem

25 Cooperates with Wikipedia in Europe and Asia
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Cooperates with Wikipedia in Europe and Asia

Announce Myanmar as the latest country to be included in their existing agreement to bring Wikipedia Zero to Telenor customers in Asia and Europe

26
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Launches Firefox OS based phones in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro

2013
27
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Telenor recognised by UNICEF and the World Bank

Is recognised by UNICEF and the World Bank for health, finance and agriculture services.

28
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Grameenphone in Bangladesh completes network swap

Completes biggest network swap in Group history upgrading 7272 base stations

29
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Telenor and Telefonica establishes a global financial services platform

30
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Mobile Internet Asia project is initiated

Spreads the Internet to the masses and creates more smartphone users

31
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TravelSure is launched in the Nordic countries

Menas that Nordic customers will get more simplicity, cost control and flexibility when using their mobile abroad

32 Telenor Connexion supplier to car producer Renault
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Telenor Connexion supplier to car producer Renault

Renault picks Telenor Connexion as a supplier for its electric and fuel cars, following Telenor?s success on Nissan Leaf

33
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Grameenphone starts online school programme

Grameenphone and partners bring urban education to rural children via new online school programme

34
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Telenor, shareholder in VimpelCom Ltd., is celebrating 20 years in Russia

35
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Telenor Hungary teams up with Transparency International

Will empower Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises to tackle corruption

36
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Telenor gets 4G licence in Denmark

Telenor secures licence to build the best 4G network in Denmark

37 Offers Wikipedia free phone charges in Europe and Asia
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Offers Wikipedia free phone charges in Europe and Asia

Offers Wikipedia free of charges on mobile devices to 135 million Telenor customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe

38
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Awarded spectrum in India

Telenor in India awarded spectrum to provide mobile telephony services in six telecom circles

39
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Syndicates with Microsoft

Will imply that collaboration and office solutions for companies will merge into one (within a cloud platform)

2012
40
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Uninor early on with new HSSE standards

The first operator in India and within the Telenor Group to be certified for three critical international HSSE standards by British Standards Institute

41
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Telenor Montenegro introduces first all IP network in Central Europe

42
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Grameenphone receives recognition for services

Grameenphone wins award for Information Boat and is recognized for best practice in e-content in South Asia.

43
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Telenor Group passed 100 million subscribers in Asia

44
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Telenor introduces Internet services company ComoYo

Sets up Internet services company ComoYo to develop and aggregate third party services

45
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Grameenphone upgrades network to 3G

Grameenphone upgrades network to provide the best in Bangladesh including 3G readiness.

46
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dtac in Thailand kicks off biggest ever network renewal

Will secure capacity for growing data market and launches 3G.

47
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Telenor celebrates 15 years in Malaysia

48
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Telenor celebrates 10 years in Thailand

49
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Partners with UNICEF in Bangladesh on “Education against Child Labour

Reaches 4000 children a year in Bangladesh, ensuring schooling, practical skills training and safe jobs.

50
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CR project in Serbia gets world recognition

Telenor Serbia?s project to help Roma families to use technology is recognised as a global achievement

2011
51
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Pannon and Promonte are rebranded to Telenor Hungary and Telenor Montenegro

52
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Telenor Pakistan extends Easypaisa services

Extends Easypaisa offer with Mobile Account and Money Transfer and opens social services portal

53
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Telenor Serbia continues Internet park roll out – now totalling 23 parks

54
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Launches music streaming service Wimp in Denmark and Norway

55
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Local renewable energy supply in use in Telenor Group

Local renewable energy supply in use in Montenegro, Serbia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Hungary

56
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Telenor Connexion takes lead in global mobile initiative

Telenor Connexion leads Roaming, Fraud, and Security workstream for GSM Association M2M Initiative

57
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VimpelCom Ltd established – headquartered in Amsterdam

58
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Uninor completes roll-out

Will cover 13 circles and 900 million people in India via network with 100 per cent tower sharing

59
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Grameenphone (Bangladesh) opens new eco-friendly headquarters

Is the first true environment friendly building in Bangladesh, saving 30 per cent energy consumption in its first year

60
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Easypaisa mobile account is launched in Pakistan

For easy money transfer and utility bill payment and wins Mobile Money Award for Easypaisa.

61 Nissan chooses Telenor Connexion as supplier
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Nissan chooses Telenor Connexion as supplier

Telenor Connexion is supplier of connectivity services for their telematics services of the new Nissan LEAF electrical vehicle

62
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Telenor Sweden launches 4G

2010
63
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dtac starts building 3G networks in Thailand

64
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Danish operations renamed Telenor Denmark

Danish mobile operator Sonofon and broadband provider Cybercity change their names to Telenor

65
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Grameenphone launches Bangladesh’s largest Initial Public Offering

66 New headquarters opens in Hungary
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New headquarters opens in Hungary

Inauguration of Pannon?s new headquarters in Budapest, Hungary

67 Thor 6 satellite is launched
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Thor 6 satellite is launched

68
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Telenor and Altimo settles disputes in Russia

Agree to settle their legal disputes and form a new joint mobile operator targeting emerging markets

69 Launches mobile services in India under the brand name Uninor
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Launches mobile services in India under the brand name Uninor

2009
70
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Telenor Connexion is established

Is established in Stockholm, Sweden – working with SIM card services (Internet of Things)

71
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Telenor enters India

Takes control over a 60 per cent stake in Unitech Wireless (India) as part of its plan to enter the Indian market

72
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UMTS is launched in Malaysia

73
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Telenor Sweden starts preparing for 4G

74
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The new Telenor satellite, THOR 5, is successfully launched

2008
75
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Telenor leaves Austria

76
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Starts installation of hybrid solar-powered base station sites

Implementation of alternative energy to power base stations: Grameenphone in Bangladesh and Telenor Pakistan install hybrid solar-powered base station sites

2007
77
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Telenor enters Serbia

Telenor wins the bid for the second largest mobile operator in Serbia

78 Telenor Group reaches 100 million subscriptions
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Telenor Group reaches 100 million subscriptions

79
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Sells Telenor Satellite Services to Apax Partners (France)

80
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Telenor enters Sweden

Telenor acquires Vodafone Group’s Swedish mobile operation

2006
81
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Telenor leaves Greece

The remaining shares in Cosmote (Greece) are sold at a profit of NOK 2.6 billion (USD 497.4 million)

82
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3G UMTS service is launched in Norway and Sweden

83
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Telenor enters Pakistan

Enters into an agreement to roll out mobile communications infrastructure in Pakistan

2004
84
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Acquires 100% of Sonofon, Denmark

2003
85
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Telenor increases its investment in VimpelCom (Russia)

2002
86 Becomes majority owner in Malaysia’s DiGi
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Becomes majority owner in Malaysia’s DiGi

Increases its share in Malaysia’s DiGi to 61 per cent

87
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Becomes sole owner in Hungary’s Pannon

88
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Becomes the world’s largest operator of mobile satellite services

Acquires Comsat Mobile Communications and becomes the world’s largest operator of mobile satellite services

89
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Telenor leaves Germany and Ireland

Ownership shares are sold at a profit of more than NOK 21 billion (USD 4.02 billion)

2001
90
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Telenor enters Thailand and Denmark

2000
91 Telenor becomes a minority owner in VimpelCom, Russia
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Telenor becomes a minority owner in VimpelCom, Russia

92
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Expands its operations to Southeast Asia – enters Malaysia

Telenor acquires a 33% holding in DiGi, Malaysia

93
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Merger process between Telenor and Telia stopped

The Norwegian and Swedish states intervene; the merger process closing after 12 months

1999
94
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Thor 3 satellite launched

95
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Telenor and partners open mobile networks in Greece and Austria

1998
96 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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THOR 2 satellite is successfully launched

97
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Telenor opens mobile networks in Ireland

98
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Enters into a consortium to build mobile networks in Ukraine and Germany

99
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Sets an international standard for satellite broadcasting

Cooperates with Canal Plus (Europe?s largest broadcasting company) in developing a digital standard for satellite broadcasting

100
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Telenor enters Greece

Telenor, together with partners, is awarded licences to develop mobile networks in Greece