Press Releases

December

15 December 2011

Telenor wins Statoil contract serving 20,000 employees

Telenor has won a contract to serve Statoil as the main provider of communications services to their 20,000 employees. The contract, worth approximately NOK 400 million, will run over four years.

14 December 2011

The SpareBank 1 alliance chooses Telenor

The SpareBank 1 alliance has entered into a new agreement with Telenor as supplier of the alliance's total requirement for telephony. The agreement is valued at NOK 62 million per year.

1 December 2011

Telenor in European coalition to promote safer Internet for children

In response to an invitation from the European Commission, Telenor Group and a wide range of world-leading ICT companies have joined ranks to form the "Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids".

1 December 2011

THOR 7 to provide faster broadband connections from the South Pole

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting's (TSBc) latest satellite, THOR 7 will provide the Norwegian Troll base located at the South Pole with increased satellite capacity for the distribution of key meteorological data from the research station, Trollsat.

November

30 November 2011

Europe wants to learn from Norwegian school campaign

The work to combat digital bullying is attracting international attention. Today, experts from the UK and Spain are visiting Holmlia school in Oslo to see how Norway's biggest school campaign is working to raise awareness of the use of digital media by children and adolescents.

23 November 2011

Toca Boca – winner of Telenor Digital Winners Prize 2011

Yesterday, at the Digital Winners conference, Telenor announced that the winner of this year's Digital Winners Prize is Toca Boca - a Swedish company, making digital toys for kids.

15 November 2011

Apps get legs as Telenor introduces a global Android Market initiative

In Hong Kong today, Telenor and Google launched a global agreement to stimulate further growth of the Android ecosystem. Telenor's Android users will be able to access a carefully selected and continuously updated suite of relevant apps inside a fixed destination on the front page of Android Market, in a store-in-store concept. Customers will be able to pay for apps via their mobile operator, considered crucial in driving app adoption. Local developers benefit by the increased exposure of their apps and the potential of increased revenues.

14 November 2011

Jan Edvard Thygesen appointed Deputy CEO and COO in VimpelCom Ltd.

VimpelCom Ltd. today announced that Mr. Jan Edvard Thygesen is appointed the company's Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and that he will take up the new position from January 1st 2012. Following the announcement, Mr. Thygesen will with immediate effect resign from the position as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of the CEE region in Telenor. Mr. Bjørn Magnus Kopperud will be acting head of the CEE region from the same date.

1 November 2011

Lars Christian Iuel appointed new CEO of Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Lars Christian Iuel (47) as the company's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He takes up the position on November 1st, succeeding Mr. Christian Albech (64) who will retire after 20 years of service to Telenor.

October

26 October 2011

Third quarter 2011: Strong performance continues

In the third quarter of 2011, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 24.6 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 7%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 8.3 billion, EBITDA margin was 34 per cent, and operating cash flow was NOK 5.5 billion. Telenor's consolidated mobile operations added more than five million subscriptions during the quarter.

24 October 2011

Presentation of Telenor’s third quarter results 2011

Telenor will present its financial results for the third quarter 2011 on Wednesday 26 October 2011 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation, which will also be broadcast live over the Internet, will be held in Auditorium A, Telenor Expo Visitor Centre at Fornebu near Oslo. The figures will be published on Telenor's website at 07:00 CET.

20 October 2011

Telenor Norway opens Europe’s most modern mobile network

Emilie «Voe» Nereng (15), one of Norway's most popular bloggers, officially opened Telenor's new mobile network today. The new countrywide mobile network will offer people throughout Norway Europe's most modern mobile network.

19 October 2011

New Norwegian record in mobile phone recycling

Sports clubs throughout Norway have so far collected more than 60,000 old mobile phones in a joint initiative with Telenor. The great results have secured more than two million Norwegian Kroner in income for the teams.

11 October 2011

Telenor to measure your electricity consumption

In the near future Norwegians will be replacing their electricity meters. Electricity consumption in all households will be measured live, for example, through the mobile network.

3 October 2011

Telenor presents digital winners prize

This November Telenor will present the makers of Nordic region's most innovative digital business product or service with the 2011 Digital Winners Prize. The award ceremony will be held during the Digital Winners Conference 2011, on the November 22nd. Nominations open this week.

September

27 September 2011

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra wins the Telenor International Culture Prize 2011

At a gala ceremony at the National Theatre in Oslo last night, the Telenor International Culture Prize 2011 was awarded to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Kringkastingsorkesteret). The orchestra delivers exceptional contributions to cultural development across a plethora of media formats, channels, geographical borders and social domains, the jury said.

22 September 2011

Operational excellence in focus at Telenor’s Capital Markets Day 2011

As Telenor kicks off its annual Capital Markets Day (CMD) at Fornebu today, operational excellence is in focus. Telenor aims to leverage its global scale to drive value creation in the coming years. On stage, the company's top executives will deliver Telenor's strategic objectives towards 2013.

14 September 2011

Telenor gears up innovation and industrialisation efforts

In a rapidly growing market for telecommunications services, Telenor aims to strengthen its leading global position by making strategic changes to its organisational structure.

12 September 2011

Telenor Group – Capital Markets Day, 22 September 2011

Telenor's Capital Markets Day 2011 will be held on Thursday 22 September. The key theme this year will be operational excellence, covering both local and group-wide initiatives.

9 September 2011

Telenor Group once again recognised among sustainability leaders

For the 10th year in a row, Telenor Group has been named one of the top performers on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI).

2 September 2011

Telenor fights digital bullying

Three out of four are learning to cope with digital bullying. A new survey conducted by Telenor shows that two out of three Norwegian kids have experienced digital bullying or teasing within their social circle. Yesterday marked the start of the fifth season of the "Use your head" campaign; Norway's biggest campaign against digital bullying.

August

25 August 2011

Norwegian Prime Minister impressed by THOR 7 briefing

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Telenor Group President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas visited THOR 7-supplier Norspace in Horten on Wednesday. A satisfied Prime Minister saw the result of local value creation based on global contracts to supply equipment to Telenor's next satellite.

22 August 2011

Telenor Open Mind celebrates 15 years of valuable work integration

Many people with physical handicaps and immigrant backgrounds meet closed doors in the labour market. Norway's largest work training programme - Telenor Open Mind - on Friday celebrated 15 years of successfully motivating physically handicapped job seekers and help them get ready to take part in working life. Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm congratulated on the anniversary and noted that three in four who attend the programme end up in ordinary employment.

July

21 July 2011

Second quarter 2011: Steady growth and stable margins

In the second quarter of 2011, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 24,4 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 7%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 7.5 billion, EBITDA margin was 31 per cent, and operating cash flow was NOK 5 billion.

19 July 2011

Presentation of Telenor’s second quarter results 2011

Telenor will present its financial results for the second quarter 2011 on Thursday 21 July 2011 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation, which will also be broadcast live over the Internet, will be held in Moseidsalen, building E, at Telenor's headquarters at Fornebu near Oslo. Please note the change of venue from previous quarterly presentations. The figures will be published on Telenor's website at 07:00 CET.

8 July 2011

Telenor acquires LOS Bynett and Bynett Privat

Telenor has reached an agreement with Agder Energi to acquire the fibre companies LOS Bynett AS and Bynett Privat AS.

1 July 2011

Pay for coffee with your mobile

Within a few years, the mobile phone will replace bank cards when consumers pay at point-of-sale-terminals. During the next months, around 250 of Telenor's and DnB NOR's customers will be testing the option of paying via mobile. A dozen locations in Oslo are taking part in the test.

June

28 June 2011

Banking the unbanked; mobile financial services may improve the lives of two billion

Mobile financial services may reduce the number of unbanked in Pakistan by 20 per cent by 2020. In India the number of people with formal savings accounts could increase by 142 million. In Bangladesh it could increase tax revenues with US$500 million. And in Serbia it could lead to 23,000 new jobs being created. These are some of the findings in a new study, carried out by Boston Consulting Group on behalf of Telenor Group, exploring the effects of mobile financial services in five markets over the next decade.

16 June 2011

Telenor has delivered a report to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority

Telenor on Thursday handed in a report to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority where the company informs of the breakdown that affected the mobile network in Norway on Friday 10 June. The report also accounts for measures implemented to prevent similar errors from reoccurring.

14 June 2011

Telenor and Telia join forces to create Denmark’s best network

Telenor and Telia have entered into an agreement on network sharing to create Denmark's best mobile network. The agreement will have a significant impact on both the customer experience and the companies' finances. Telia and Telenor will be holding a joint press conference today at 11 am at Hotel Phoenix, Bredgade 37, Copenhagen.

May

30 May 2011

Telenor Svalbard celebrates 100 years in the Arctic

Telenor opened its first telegraph station in Svalbard in 1911, and now - after 100 years - Svalbard is probably among the world's most digitalised communities in the world. On Sunday 29 May, the celebration was kicked off by Telenor's chairman Harald Norvik and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, opening the world's northernmost 4G/LTE network in Longyearbyen.

9 May 2011

Telenor opens Innovation Centre

The Telenor Innovation Centre was formally opened today by the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Trond Giske. This new facility is equipped with the latest interactive technology designed to facilitate and stimulate creative thinking.

3 May 2011

First quarter 2011: Growth and modernisation

In the first quarter of 2011, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 24,1 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 7%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 7.4 billion, EBITDA margin was 31 per cent, and operating cash flow was NOK 5 billion. Telenor's consolidated mobile operations added nine million subscriptions during the quarter.

2 May 2011

Presentation of Telenor’s first quarter results 2011

Telenor will present its financial results for the first quarter 2011 on Wednesday 4 May 2011 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation, which will also be broadcast live over the Internet, will be held in Auditorium A, Telenor Expo Visitor Centre at Fornebu near Oslo. The figures will be published on Telenor's website at 07:00 CET.

March

17 March 2011

Telenor remains committed to VimpelCom Ltd. following vote in Special General Meeting

Following the decision in VimpelCom Ltd.'s Special General Meeting of shareholders, approving the creation and issuance of new shares in connection with the Wind Telecom transaction, Telenor reconfirms its continued commitment to the future prosperity of VimpelCom.

11 March 2011

Oddvar Hesjedal new Executive Vice President in Telenor Group

Telenor Group today announced that Mr. Oddvar Hesjedal has been appointed to the position as Executive Vice President and Head of People Development. Oddvar Hesjedal will start in his new position on 14 March 2011. The position includes responsibility of Telenor Group HR operations and development, corporate responsibility, HSSE, event and corporate staff management.

2 March 2011

Leading independent proxy firm recommends that shareholders vote against Wind Telecom transaction

Telenor Group today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS"), the leading independent proxy voting advisory service to the global financial community, has recommended that shareholders of VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE:VIP) vote against the proposed increase in share capital and issuance of shares in connection with the proposed acquisition of Wind Telecom S.p.A. at the upcoming Special General Meeting scheduled to be held on March 17, 2011.

1 March 2011

VimpelCom, Altimo, Telenor and Weather Give Undertakings to the Court in Substitute for an Injunction

VimpelCom Ltd., Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd., Telenor and Weather Investments II S.Ã .r.l., the principal shareholder of Wind Telecom S.p.A., today gave undertakings to the Commercial Court in London in order to avoid an injunction being granted. By the undertakings, VimpelCom, Altimo and Weather have agreed to take all necessary actions to cause Telenor's pre-emptive right shares to be promptly issued if the arbitration tribunal grants an award in Telenor's favor.

February

16 February 2011

Telenor Group passed 100 million subscribers in Asia

Telenor Group today announced that it has passed more than 100 million subscribers in Asia. This milestone marks another significant achievement in Telenor Groups successful history in the region.

10 February 2011

New satellite from Telenor

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has decided to invest in a new expansion satellite. The satellite will be named THOR 7 and is expected to be ready for launch towards the end of 2013 with a lifespan of 15-20 years. The satellite is intended to provide capacity for broadcasting requirements within Central and Eastern Europe and additional capacity for maritime services.

8 February 2011

Strong momentum confirmed in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 24.9 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of eight per cent. EBITDA before other items was NOK 7.2 billion, EBITDA margin was 29 per cent, and operating cash flow margin was 14 per cent. For the full year of 2010, Telenor's revenues was NOK 94.8 billion, EBITDA before other items was NOK 29.2 billion, EBITDA margin was 31 per cent and operating cash flow margin was 19 per cent. Telenor's consolidated mobile operations added close to eight million subscriptions during the fourth quarter and 23 million during the year (1).

7 February 2011

Telenor Seeks Injunction to Protect its Pre-emptive Rights in the Wind Telecom Transaction

Telenor has petitioned the Commercial Court in London, England for interim injunctive relief in support of Telenor's arbitration action against VimpelCom Ltd., Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd. and Altimo Cooperatief U.A. Telenor commenced its arbitration on 28 January to protect its pre-emptive rights in the context of VimpelCom's proposed acquisition of Wind Telecom S.p.A.

3 February 2011

Presentation of Telenor’s fourth quarter results 2010

Telenor will present its financial results for the fourth quarter 2010 on Tuesday 8 February 2011 at 09:00 hrs Norwegian time/CET. The presentation, which will also be broadcast live over the Internet, will be held in Auditorium A, Telenor Expo Visitor Centre at Fornebu near Oslo. The figures will be published on Telenor's website at 07:00 CET.

1 February 2011

Christian Albech appointed new CEO of Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Christian Albech as the company's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Christian will succeed Mr. Jon Eddy Abdullah from 1 March 2011.

1 February 2011

Telenor launches Superbredbånd – major lift for broadband

After great demand in recent times, Telenor is finally introducing Superbredbånd for sale from today. Low prices and high speed are the keywords for the launch. But, the scope is also significant - 400,000 households can get Superbredbånd from Telenor immediately, a number which will double within the year.

1 February 2011

Cheaper to call from home phone to mobile

Telenor is launching three new subscriptions featuring new call prices from home phones. It will now be much cheaper to call a mobile number and Telenor is introducing a new subscription which includes call minutes to both mobile and home phones. At the same time, Telenor is keeping the prices low for calls to other home phones.

January

31 January 2011

Telenor Commences Arbitration against VimpelCom and Altimo to Preserve Telenor’s Pre-emptive Rights in the Wind Telecom Transaction

Telenor has commenced an arbitration proceeding against VimpelCom Ltd. and Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd. under the VimpelCom Shareholders Agreement in order to protect Telenor's pre-emptive rights in the context of VimpelCom's proposed acquisition of Wind Telecom S.p.A.

17 January 2011

CEO changes in Telenor Operations

Telenor Group today announced CEO changes in its business units in Montenegro, Hungary, Thailand and Bangladesh.

17 January 2011

Telenor Says VimpelCom Acquisition of Wind Telecom Makes No Sense, Will Harm VimpelCom Minority Shareholders

Following the VimpelCom Ltd. Board's decision yesterday to approve VimpelCom's acquisition of Wind Telecom S.p.A., Telenor ASA has stated that it will try to stop the acquisition from being completed.