Telenor Research and Telenor Digital win GLOMO Awards for cutting-edge 5G solution and digital distribution platform

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Telenor’s research arm, including partners, and Telenor Digital bag “Best Network Software Breakthrough” and “Best Mobile Operator Service for Connected Consumer” prize, respectively, at the Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards at MWC Barcelona 2021.

Telenor Group is pleased to announce that both Telenor Research and Telenor Digital won a GLOMO Award at the Global Mobile Awards ceremony on 30 June during MWC Barcelona 2021. The GLOMO Awards celebrate the companies and individuals driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry. They were set up 26 years ago by the GSMA. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

Telenor Research and partners won the Best Network Software Breakthrough award in the Mobile Technology category for its multi-vendor 5G standalone solution. Telenor Digital won the Best Mobile Operator Service for Connected Consumers award in the Industry X category for its third party digital sales and distribution platform ‘Millom.’

Accelerating the open 5G-ecosystem development

“This award is a recognition of our 5G standalone trial, which to the best of our knowledge is the most multi-vendor setup to date,” says Kashif Mahmood, Senior Research Scientist at Telenor.

As an industry first, Telenor and partners have built a truly multi-vendor, 5G core environment running on a vendor-neutral platform.

“This winning entry illustrates several key features that are cutting edge in network software: multi-vendor support, a full Service Based Architecture, APIs for service exposure, all deployed in a containerized architecture using open source components. This deployment will likely become a template for other operators and was the reason the Glomo judges picked it as a winning entry,” noted the GLOMO judges.

“I am proud of the excellent team which made this possible. We believe that such an open multi-vendor setup will stimulate innovation, increase competition, and accelerate the development of an open 5G-ecosystem,” says Mahmood.

Used by multiple MNOs globally

“We are proud to receive the Best Mobile Operator Service for Connected Consumers award. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Millom team, our partners and customers, developing cutting edge solutions to deliver the best online user experiences,” says Stig Waagbø, CEO of Telenor Digital.

Millom is a purpose-built platform for driving digital sales and engagement in third party digital channels. With one integration, telcos can leverage the reach of Millom’s ecosystem to serve subscribers where they spend time online. The platform is used by multiple Mobile Network Operators worldwide.

“By engaging with customers within the third-party apps and services they are using, this dramatically simplifies account management and plan upgrades for users and has shown impressive results in sales stimulation outside of traditional operator and partner channels,” commented the GLOMO judges.

“We have seen that serving the customers where they spend their time has been key to maximising the digital reach of telcos and making it hassle free for subscribers to interact with their telco operator in the moment of need. The GLOMO award recognises this, and for that, we are thankful and excited to continue to deliver on the expectations set,” concludes Waagbø.


Stian Kristoffer Sande

Communication Manager

Telenor Group

About Telenor Research

Telenor Research is Telenor Group’s corporate unit for scientific research. It plays a key role in providing insight and competence that enable Telenor to become a software and data-driven company.  The unit conducts research within key areas, including customer insight, data analytics, machine learning, innovation, digital services, new technologies, and market dynamics.

About Telenor Digital

Since 2011, Telenor Digital has enabled Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to digitalise customer interactions and drive new revenue growth from third party digital channels, connecting core telco capabilities to an extensive network of digital service providers and ecosystems. Similarly for digital players, Telenor Digital is a gateway to a large group of MNOs, with a significant subscriber base and one point integration to core telco capabilities enhancing end-user experience. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telenor Group, with offices located across Norway, Poland, Pakistan, and Thailand.