The history of Norwegian telecom is in many ways identical to the history of Telenor. During the course of its 150-year long history, the name has seen several changes. These changes represent the different phases of Norwegian telecom history. The public company that started out in 1855 as the ‘The Royal Electric Telegraph’ is what we now know as Telenor. The company has gone from being a governmental institution, focused on telegraphy, to become a global shareholding company offering some of the most advanced telecommunication technologies and services in the world.