In 2011, Telenor celebrated 100 years of operations on Svalbard and in the Arctic
The world’s northernmost telco
The majority of the 2,500 Svalbard residents live in Longyearbyen; the administrative hub and the location for Telenor Svalbard’s head office.
“Operating in Svalbard is all about three things: improvising, adapting, and overcoming. Although we ‘only’ serve 2,500 to 3000 people, depending on the season, we also serve the administration of Svalbard, the emergency preparedness teams, coastal radio for the commercial fleet, the tourism industry, UNIS, and other research and science institutions on the islands,” says Christian Skottun, CEO of Telenor Svalbard.
Skottun describes the world’s northernmost telecom operator as the ‘incarnation of Telenor’s always explore behaviour’.
“Due to shifting weather, extreme temperatures, and strong winds, we have to plan every operation carefully and be able to adapt to the situation on the spot. In fact, flexibility is part of our DNA. Especially during winter, when accessibility to the sites is particularly challenging, we depend on a flexible mindset and a broad spectrum of skills from our employees. Both arctic field competence and multi-telecom skills are required. We are not many up here, but we are tough.”