Norwegian History

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1 Telenor completes 5G vendor selection for Norway
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Telenor completes 5G vendor selection for Norway

Telenor has completed its vendor selection process for the future network in Norway. Ericsson will modernise and build the Telenor’s 5G radio access network (RAN).

2 Telenor launches Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in Norway
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Telenor launches Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in Norway

Telenor opened Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot in the Norwegian municipality of Elverum, making Telenor Norway the country’s first operator to integrate 5G into its mobile network.

3 Trondheim to become Norway’s biggest 5G city
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Trondheim to become Norway’s biggest 5G city

Telenor announces that Trondheim will become the first major city in Norway to receive 5G.

4
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Telenor, NHH and NTNU to establish a new knowledge powerhouse to fuel growth and develop new industries

Some of Norway’s key knowledge institutions join forces to contribute to the country’s digital success: NHH, NTNU and Telenor are establishing an open collaboration arena for digital transformation and innovation.

5 Telenor to launch first 5G pilot in Western Norway
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Telenor to launch first 5G pilot in Western Norway

Telenor announced that a new 5G pilot will be built at Flokeneset in the municipality of Askvoll. This is the first 5G pilot in Western Norway.

6 Three Telenor leaders recognised among Norway’s 50 leading women in tech
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Three Telenor leaders recognised among Norway’s 50 leading women in tech

On  the International Women’s Day, the NHO association Abelia and the women’s network ODA, announced Norway’s 50 foremost women in technology Among the 50 recognised women in technology were three Telenor leaders: Telenor Norway’s Ingeborg Øfsthus, Chief Technology Officer; Camilla Amundsen, Head of Fixed and TV and Astrid Undheim, Telenor Research VP in Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

7 Telenor Norway names Elverum as 5G test location with Ericsson
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Telenor Norway names Elverum as 5G test location with Ericsson

Telenor Norway announced Elverum as the first location for its 5G pilot with Ericsson.

2019
8 Telenor Group launches the first 5G pilot in Scandinavia
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Telenor Group launches the first 5G pilot in Scandinavia

Telenor Group launched the very first 5G pilot in Scandinavia. The pilot will serve as a testbed for the superfast fifth generation mobile network in Norway.

9 Telenor launches nationwide IoT network over 4G
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Telenor launches nationwide IoT network over 4G

Telenor Norway opens its 4G network for Internet of Things (IoT) communication. IoT over 4G enables sensors and other “things” to communicate via Telenor’s existing 4G network. This makes Telenor’s network the only one to provide full nationwide coverage for IoT communication.

10 Ookla: ‘Telenor has the fastest mobile network in the world’
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Ookla: ‘Telenor has the fastest mobile network in the world’

Telenor Norway has the fastest mobile network in the world, according to Ookla, which analyses the speeds from tests conducted by mobile customers.

2018
11 IoT pilot launches
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IoT pilot launches

Telenor Group today unveils a new experimental Internet of Things (IoT) offering, Telenor Start IoT, in Norway. Available free of charge to Norwegian entrepreneurs and students, the multi-city pilot initiative will support entrepreneurship, boost innovation and new national competence building.

12 Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab opens!
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Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab opens!

Norway’s new powerhouse for artificial intelligence (AI) opens in Trondheim today. The new centre, Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab, will strengthen national competitiveness and add valuable, future-proof competencies to the Norwegian society.

 

 

2017
13 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

2015
14
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The mobile payment solution, Valyou, is launched in Norway

2014
15
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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

16
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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

17
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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

18
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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

2012
19
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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

20
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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

21
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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.

2011
22
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Launches music streaming service Wimp in Denmark and Norway

2010
23
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The digital terrestrial network opens in Norway

24
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Telenor Norway is granted a licence in the 2.6 GHz band for 4G

2007
25
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Telenor celebrates 150 years

2005
26
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3G UMTS service is launched in Norway and Sweden

2004
27
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Fibre optic cable connects Svalbard with the mainland, Norway.

2003
28 The new Telenor Group headquarters opens at Fornebu, Norway
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The new Telenor Group headquarters opens at Fornebu, Norway

29
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The first trial of UMTS (3G) takes place in Norway

2002
30
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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
31
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The end of tele monopoly in Norway

The Norwegian telecommunications market opens up to full competition

32
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Telenor launches the first of its IP telephony products in Norway

1998
33
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Fully digitalized network in Norway

The Norwegian telecommunications network is fully digitalised as one of the first in the world

1997
34
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Builds a new, high capacity infrastructure for the Internet in Norway

1996
35
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Televerket (Norwegian Telecommunications) changes its name to Telenor

1995
36 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Telenor enters Hungary

Joint venture with Danish Telecom

37
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Norwegian Telecom (Televerket) becomes a public corporation

38
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ISDN (broadband) introduced in Norway

39 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Olympic Winter Games at Lillehammer – Telenor a major partner

International media dubbed the event the ‘mobile phone Olympics’ due to the fact that 25,000 handsets were in operation.

1994
40 Launches GSM-system – setting a new international standard (2G)
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Launches GSM-system – setting a new international standard (2G)

Telenor leads in establishing GSM (2G) – the SMS service was a part of this platform

1993
41 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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THOR I is purchased and moved to the 1ºWest position

42 Tormod Hermansen becomes Managing Director
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Tormod Hermansen becomes Managing Director

Tormod Hermansen appointed as Managing Director of the Norwegian Telecom, title changed to President and CEO, and holds the position from 1992 to 2002.

43
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Fibre optic cable connects Norway and Denmark

1992
44
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End of monopoly of sale of telephone sets in Norway

1988
45 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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The last manual telephone exchange is shut down in Balsfjord, Norway

46
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Automation of the Norwegian telecommunications network is completed

1985
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Early on with satellite-based TV transmission

Norwegian Telecom (Televerket) starts its field trials for television transmissions to Svalbard sent via satellite

1984
48 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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The telefax is introduced in Norway

49 NMT (1G) is launched in Norway
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NMT (1G) is launched in Norway

Nordic Mobile Technology (NMT), first generation mobile services (1G), is launched by Telenor in Norway – subsequently a byproduct of a Scandinavian project headed by Telenor

 

 

1981
50 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Kjell Holler appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telecom

Holler holds the position as General Director from 1980 to 1991.

1980
51
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94,000 names in Norway are on the waiting list for a phone subscription

1979
1978
53 First satellite connect to oil installations & shipping fleets
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First satellite connect to oil installations & shipping fleets

Officially opens up satellite connection from the mainland to oil installations in the North Sea and to shipping fleets abroad.

1976
1975
55
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Takes over the last private telephone company in Norway

Andebu Telephone Association, is taken over by Norwegian Telecom (Televerket)

1974
56 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Norway one of the last countries in Europe to launch colour TV

1972
57
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Partners to establish international standards for the mobile networks

1970
58 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Nordic telcoes creates the NMT standard (1G)

Cooperation between the Nordic countries to create a common standard resulting in Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT)

59
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From Telegrafverket to Televerket

The Norwegian Telegraph Administration (Telegrafverket) changes its name to Norwegian Telecommunications (Televerket)

1969
60 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Per Øvregard appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Øvregard holds the position as General Director from 1968 to 1980.

1968
62 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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First manual mobile telephone is launched in Norway

63 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Direct international distance dialling from Norway is enabled

1966
64
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Satellite telephone connection between Norway and USA opens

1965
65 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Leif Larsen appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Larsen holds the position as General Director from 1962 to 1968.

1962
66 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Norwegian Television (NRK TV) opens for television broadcasts

1960
67
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Celebrates our 100th anniversary

Celebrates our 100th anniversary – one of the oldest telecom companies in the world

1955
68
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Andreas Hadland appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Hadland was appointed by the Germans occupants during the Second World War, and held the position as General Director from 1941 to 1945.

1941
69 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Andreas Haarberg appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Haarberg holds the position as General Director from 1938 to 1941.

1938
70 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Magne Hermod Petersen appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Petersen holds the position as General Director from 1925 to 1938.

1935
71
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“Miss Clock” introduced in Norway

The ‘speaking’ clock, known to all as “Miss Clock”, is introduced as a new and popular telephone service

72 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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First red telephone booths appear in Norway

1932
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Tore Olaus Engset appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Engset holds the position as General Director from 1930 to 1935.

1930
74 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Telephone connection opens between Norway and USA

The telephone connection between Norway and USA opens

1928
75 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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The first radio broadcast is transmitted in Norway

The first radio broadcast is transmitted in Norway

1925
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Niels Stockfleth Schultz Nickelsen General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Stockfleth Schultz Nickelsen holds the position as General Director from 1922 to 1929.

1922
78 Opens the first automatic telephone exchange in Northern Europe
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Opens the first automatic telephone exchange in Northern Europe

The Norwegian city of Skien, opens an automatic telephone exchange

1920
79 Second in the world to open radio waves connections between islands
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Second in the world to open radio waves connections between islands

1906
80 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Thomas Thomassen Heftye appointed General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Thomassen Heftye holds the position as General Director from 1905 to 1921.

1905
81 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Norwegian state obtains exclusive rights to run telephone services

The Telegraph Act is passed, giving the Norwegian state exclusive rights to run telephone services in Norway

1901
82
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Audio: Telephone Chats in the Milkshop

Script: Nina Bratland, Norwegian Telecom Museum

 

1895
83 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Norway is one of the countries in the world with the highest density of telephones per habitant

84 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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First international telephone line introduced

The first international Norwegian telephone line connects Christiania (Oslo), Norway with Stockholm, Sweden

1893
85 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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Jonas Severin Rasmussen appointed as General Director of the Norwegian Telegraph

Rasmussen holds the position as General Director from 1892 to 1905.

1892
87
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Norway’s first official telephone exchange opens

1880
88 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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First telephone cables between Norwegian cities

The Norwegian cities of Arendal and Tvedestrand are connected via telephone cables

1878
89 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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The first public demonstration of the Bell telephone in Norway

One year after Bell introduced the phone for the first time

1877
90 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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The telegraph cable connection between Norway and Great Britain opens

1869
91 Photo courtesy: Norwegian Telecom MuseumPhoto courtesy: Norwegian Telecom Museum
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First international telegraph cable connection opened between Norway and Denmark

1867
92
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First Norwegian telegraph line opened by the Norwegian Telegraph Administration

Connects Christiania (Oslo) and the city of Drammen