World-leading research with partners 

Telenor Research aims to build knowledge that is essential for Telenor’s future. To ensure the latest, innovative thinking on business-critical issues, our researchers collaborate with leading professors and experts to access knowledge both in Norway and internationally.

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Our research partnership model

Telenor Research collaborates with universities and business schools through partnership programmes. This gives Telenor access to the professors who possess the most relevant knowledge for Telenor, and it ensures that attention is directed on areas of common interest for Telenor and the academic institution.

The partnership model enables Telenor to cover a broad range of research areas, including artificial intelligence, 5G, economics, customer insights, as well as organisation and strategy. Through their close collaboration with Telenor, the academic institutions get access to real-life problems and data to solve it. In addition, thanks to its academic partners, Telenor can conduct high quality research that is peer-reviewed through internationally ranked journals.

10 of our partnerships

  1. Telecom economics at Norwegian School of Economics

    Telenor has worked with the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) since 1992 on economics research.

  2. Service innovation at Norwegian School of Economics

    Since 2011, Telenor and partners from the service sector teamed up to establish the Centre for Service Innovation, funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by NHH.

  3. Digital Transformation Hub at Norwegian School of Economics

    The Hub@NHH is a communications arena for leaders. It was launched in 2020 and is sponsored by Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group, for a three-year period.

  4. Norwegian Open AI Lab

    In 2017, Telenor, NTNU and SINTEF joined forces to create what is today known as the Norwegian Open AI Lab, to create a centre for AI research and education in Norway.

  5. High level expert group on AI ethics

    The European Commission appointed an expert from Telenor to its High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), to support the implementation of the European strategy on AI.

  6. How to measure innovation, University of Oslo

    In 2012, Telenor signed an agreement with the University of Oslo to establish a joint research and innovation programme.

  7. Mobility analytics with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Telenor has collaborated over several years with Harvard University, using mobility data to predict the spread of dengue and malaria.

  8. EU projects on 5G

    Telenor Research participates in several 5G research projects funded by the European Union (EU) through the Horizon 2020 programme.

  9. Research Council of Norway projects

    The Research Council of Norway (RCN) is an important mechanism for Telenor Research to fund new projects with Norwegian partners. RCN aims to stimulate applied research to strengthen competitiveness in Norwegian industry, and Telenor plays a key role.

  10. IoT partners in Norway

    In 2017, Telenor unveiled an experimental Internet of Things (IoT) offering called Start IoT. This multi-city pilot project supports entrepreneurship, boosts innovation and builds national competence in IoT.