Norway’s incumbent operator group Telenor may have began life as the country’s state-owned monopoly at the end of the 19th Century, but today it has grown far beyond the country’s geographic borders. Telecoms.com caught up with Telenor Norway CEO Berit Svendsen to find out where Telenor is placing its focus both at home and abroad.
Norwegian operator group Telenor, through its M2M business unit Telenor Conexxions, has inked a deal with Japanese operator KDDI to provide a global M2M solution for its enterprise customers.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has agreed to acquire Bulgarian mobile operator Globul from Greek operator group OTE. Telenor will pay €717m for the business as it looks to expand its presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Operator group Telenor said it has become the first mobile operator in Norway to offer HD Voice across its network. HD Voice is an upgrade to mobile call audio designed to provide clearer sound quality during calls and filter out background noise.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has stepped up its focus on coupons and value codes by acquiring local mobile digital coupon and loyalty card solutions provider Liquid Barcodes.
Norwegian operator Telenor is becoming increasingly frustrated with Apple’s failure to support LTE on its network in Norway, the firm’s CEO told Telecoms.com.
Norwegian operator group Telenor is facing an investigation regarding possible abuse of dominant market position and possible anti-competitive practices. The investigation is being led by EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), which monitors compliance with European Economic Area rules in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the Norwegian Competition Authority.
The Russian government has decided to withdraw legal claims against Norwegian operator group Telenor, signaling an end to the long-running dispute over the ownership of affiliate firm VimpelCom. The move allows the international operator, headquartered in Amsterdam but of Russian extraction, to distribute dividends to investors including Russian conglomerate Altimo.
India’s government has begun the re-auction of its 2G GSM spectrum licences in the 1800MHz spectrum band. In February this year, the country’s Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences that had been allocated in 2008 amidst allegations of corruption.
European carrier Telefónica’s innovation division, Telefónica Digital, has extended its API portfolio with the acquisition of US-based video communications platform TokBox.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has seen a three per cent increase in organic revenue, during 3Q12. Revenue stood at NOK25.25bn ($4,39bn), up from NOK24,63bn in the same period a year earlier. Adjusted operating profit also grew year on year, from NOK5.36bn to NOK4.49bn.
Two global operator groups have joined forces in a bid to create a shared network API platform, offering operator partners and developers an opportunity to build and market apps to 460 million customers.
Norwegian operator group Telenor has reached an agreement with Indian partner Unitech to settle all disputes regarding their failed joint venture in India, Uninor. Unitech has agreed to dispose of its shareholding in Uninor for a nominal amount.
The long running saga over the ownership of operator group VimpelCom has taken another twist after Telenor attempted to take its stake in the company to 42.95 per cent, but has been told by VimpelCom that the share transaction would not be accepted.
A court in India has ruled that Norwegian operator group Telenor may only bid for spectrum in the country’s upcoming 2G auction if it does so as part of its joint venture with Indian real estate firm Unitech. The auction is now set to be held in January 2013, after the Supreme Court of India granted the government another deadline extension.