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Telenor publishes Global Impact Report

Telenor has today published its Global Impact Report, quantifying the company’s socioeconomic impact. The report was compiled by KPMG, and shows that Telenor contributed an estimated USD 20.3 billion towards economic growth (measured in terms of Gross Value Added ) across its 13 markets in 2015.

2 Deeyah Khan awarded Telenor Culture Prize 2016
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Deeyah Khan awarded Telenor Culture Prize 2016

Telenor Group’s annual Culture Prize, “Boundless Communication” 2016, will be awarded to acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director Deeyah Khan for her artistic achievements. She has made an extraordinary contribution within culture in Scandinavia and  internationally for her work in women’s rights, freedom of expression and increased cultural understanding.

3 Telenor launches Intrapreneur Program
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Telenor launches Intrapreneur Program

Employees with a great idea for a digital product can apply to Ignite Incubator, Telenor’s new intrapreneur program.

4 Telenor to acquire marketing technology firm Tapad
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Telenor to acquire marketing technology firm Tapad

Telenor Group has on 29 January 2016 entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 95% of Tapad Inc., a leading marketing technology firm. The acquisition enables Telenor to take a position within the rapidly growing market for advertising technology, and secures important competence within digital marketing and analytics.

2016
5 Gunn Wærsted elected as new Chair of the Board of Telenor ASA
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Gunn Wærsted elected as new Chair of the Board of Telenor ASA

The Corporate Assembly of Telenor ASA has on 17 December 2015 elected Gunn Wærsted (60) as Chair of the Board of Directors. Wærsted will assume her position on 14 January 2016.

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#MoreThan 200 million customers are now connected to Telenor

Telenor Group today announced that it has surpassed the 200 million mobile subscriber mark. This represents a significant milestone in Telenor Group’s history across Asia, Europe and the Nordics.

7 Telenor launches 3rd annual Telenor Youth Forum
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Telenor launches 3rd annual Telenor Youth Forum

Telenor welcomes 25 young change-makers to our thought leadership forum. These Youth from around the world are joining us for #TYF15 to transform the world we live in and shape our digital future.

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Telenor adopts global 6-month paid maternity leave policy

In line with a corporate vision of encouraging diversity and developing more female leadership in business and society, Telenor Group has adopted a six-month paid maternity leave policy as a minimum standard globally across its 13 markets.

9 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.

10 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

11
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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

12 Sigve Brekke new Group President and CEO
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Sigve Brekke new Group President and CEO

Sigve Brekke is appointed new Group President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

13 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

14
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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
15 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

16
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Signs global five year partnership with UNICEF

Joining forces to promote children’s development. Includes both financial support and access to a range of mobile solutions that will help advance children’s rights

17
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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

18
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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

19 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

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

21 Connects first customers in Myanmar
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Connects first customers in Myanmar

22
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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

23
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The mobile payment solution, Valyou, is launched in Norway

24
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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

25 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
26
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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?

27
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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

28
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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

29
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Expands partnership with Opera Software

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

30
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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

31 Telenor enters Bulgaria
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Telenor enters Bulgaria

Acquires the second largest mobile operator in Bulgaria: GLOBUL

32
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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)

33
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One of the top members in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes of telecom companies

The 12th consecutive year that Telenor Group has been recognized as one of the top members in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes of telecom companies

34
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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

35
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Grameenphone in Bangladesh leaps toward Internet for All with 3G launch

36 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

37 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

38
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Launches Firefox OS based phones in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro

39
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Telenor Common Operation is established

Established to offer managed network and IT services to Telenor Business Units

40 Telenor’s first Youth Summit for entrepreneurs
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Telenor’s first Youth Summit for entrepreneurs

Welcomes 25 young social entrepreneurs from across Asia and Europe to its inaugural Youth Summit in Oslo. The summit is arranged together with the Nobel Peace Center

2013
41
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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.

42
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Grameenphone in Bangladesh completes network swap

Completes biggest network swap in Group history upgrading 7272 base stations

43
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Telenor and Telefonica establishes a global financial services platform

44
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Mobile Internet Asia project is initiated

Spreads the Internet to the masses and creates more smartphone users

45
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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

46 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

47
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Grameenphone starts online school programme

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

48
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Telenor, shareholder in VimpelCom Ltd., is celebrating 20 years in Russia

49
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Telenor Hungary teams up with Transparency International

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

50
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Telenor gets 4G licence in Denmark

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

51
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Celebrates 10 years at Fornebu

Telenor celebrates 10 years at Fornebu, a headquarters built around the interplay between people, technology and the working environment

52 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

53
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Launches first 4G networks in Norway

Telenor is launching its fourth-generation mobile network (4G) in 11 cities and towns in Norway

54
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Awarded spectrum in India

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

55
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Introduces 4G phones in Norway

Telenor is the first telecoms operator in Norway to make it possible to use mobile phones on the 4G network

56
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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
57
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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

58
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Telenor Montenegro introduces first all IP network in Central Europe

59
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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.

60
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Telenor Group passed 100 million subscribers in Asia

61
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Telenor introduces Internet services company ComoYo

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

62
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Telenor Norway runs network swap

Replacing equipment at 6500 locations and wins InfoWorld Green Award for clever handling 1500 tons of used network equipment

63
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Grameenphone upgrades network to 3G

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

64
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dtac in Thailand kicks off biggest ever network renewal

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

65
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Telenor celebrates 15 years in Malaysia

66
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Celebrates 100 years with operations in the Arctic

Telenor Svalbard celebrates 100 years in the Arctic and launches the northernmost 4G network

67
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Telenor Open Mind celebrates its first 15 years

Norway’s largest work training programme for the disabled, has celebrated 15 successful years.

68
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Telenor celebrates 10 years in Thailand

69
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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.

70
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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
71
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Pannon and Promonte are rebranded to Telenor Hungary and Telenor Montenegro

72
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Telenor Pakistan extends Easypaisa services

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

73
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Telenor Serbia continues Internet park roll out – now totalling 23 parks

74
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Launches music streaming service Wimp in Denmark and Norway

75
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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

76
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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

77
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VimpelCom Ltd established – headquartered in Amsterdam

78
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Telenor is commended for 10 good years on the Oslo Stock Exchange

79
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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

80
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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

81
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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.

82 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

83
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Telenor Sweden launches 4G

2010
84
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dtac starts building 3G networks in Thailand

85
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Danish operations renamed Telenor Denmark

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

86
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Grameenphone launches Bangladesh’s largest Initial Public Offering

87 New headquarters opens in Hungary
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New headquarters opens in Hungary

Inauguration of Pannon?s new headquarters in Budapest, Hungary

88 Thor 6 satellite is launched
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Thor 6 satellite is launched

89
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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

90 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
91
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Telenor Connexion is established

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

92
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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

93
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UMTS is launched in Malaysia

94
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Telenor Sweden starts preparing for 4G

95
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The new Telenor satellite, THOR 5, is successfully launched

2008
96
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Telenor leaves Austria

97
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The digital terrestrial network opens in Norway

98
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Telenor Norway is granted a licence in the 2.6 GHz band for 4G

99
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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
100
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Telenor enters Serbia

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