Telenor won the contract by fending off competition from both Nordic and domestic telecoms players, and Coop's choice of Telenor was made on the basis of a comprehensive evaluation. Coop was primary concerned with finding a supplier capable of covering all its communications needs.
"We are very pleased to have Coop Norge as our customer. With its approximately 1,000 shops, which represent a quarter of the entire Norwegian grocery market, Coop Norge needs a telecoms supplier capable of providing complete solutions that can cover the whole country. Telenor is able to meet these needs," says Director Marit Sæbu at Telenor Norge's Large Customer unit.
"We at Coop see it as important to team up with a supplier that can serve the whole country, and one that has the capacity to further develop our communications solutions, covering both large and small units. ADSL solutions to our S-lag's and shops will be an important part of this work. In our choice of supplier we have focused on the total costs, as well as on achieving simplified administration and follow-up of the supplied services," says IT Director Per Haakon Vestby at Coop Norge.
Telenor's strong Nordic presence was also a decisive factor in Coop's choice of Telenor as its principal ICT partner, since Coop Norge is part of Coop Norden AB, the largest grocery chain in the Nordic region.