One year with Telenor 4G in Norway: Record breaking build up

Press release
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A year ago, Telenor launched 4G in Norway. Since then, the 4G network has been greatly expanded, speeds have been increased, and the customer experience has been strengthened.
With 4G from Telenor you can download 10-15 songs as quickly as it used to take to download one song, you can have high speed broadband whether you are in your cabin or in student digs, and you can watch online TV in HD quality. For businesses, 4G means that it is possible to work efficiently even when on the go. Downloading documents, streaming, and video conferencing are perfect for this data network.

“One year after the launch of 4G, we can see that the timing was right. Now the needs of customers, the features of mobile phones, and the speeds of the mobile network are all on the same team. Telenor has 400,000 active 4G users on our network and, according to a recent survey, they enjoy significantly better mobile experiences than those who only use 3G,” said Berit Svendsen, CEO of Telenor Norway.

4G customers more active

The survey asked Telenor customers whether they experienced high speeds when using the Internet on their mobiles. Three out of four who were using 4G mobiles on Telenor's 4G network thought that the speeds were high, and 36 per cent of these people thought that the speeds were very high.

For mobile surfers who only used 3G, half thought that speeds were high, while 13 per cent thought they were very high.

“A 4G customer downloads three to five times more megabytes using their mobile on a monthly basis than a 3G user, so there's no doubt that people are enjoying the speed. Feedback from our customers confirms that the combination of 4G mobiles and a 4G network provides a completely new and improved surfing experience. This motivates us to continue our heavy investment in 4G,” said Berit Svendsen.

12 new base stations per day

Svendsen emphasises that Telenor customers enjoy the market's best surfing experience. The foundation for these experiences is the mobile network, while the door opener is a 4G phone. With a 4G phone it is also possible to reach higher speeds on the 3G network, and thanks to Telenor's upgrades customers can receive up to 42 Mbit/s through this network.

“Telenor is the market leader in coverage and speed, which is why this year we are bringing into operation 2000 new base stations on the 3G and 4G network - the rate is 12 new base stations per day,” saidBerit Svendsen.

Telenor has in excess of 45 per cent population coverage on 4G and this figure will increase to 50 per cent during the course of the year. By 2015, nine out of ten Norwegians will have blazing fast 4G coverage in their homes.

To take advantage of 4G and to receive the highest speeds via 3G, you need a mobile phone that supports 4G, which most newer smartphones do. Telenor is the only operator to offer 4G support for the iPhone 5 in the largest Norwegian cities.

For further information, please contact

Bjørn Amundsen,
Director of Coverage at Telenor,
tel: (+47)90021000,