Showing posts with label Telenor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Telenor. Show all posts

Monday, May 6, 2019

Telenor and Axiata consider merging Asian operations

Telenor Group and Axiata Group Berhad are discussing a potential non-cash merger of their telecom and infrastructure assets in Asia (MergeCo), in which Telenor would take a 56.5% stake and and Axiata a 43.5% stake. The parties described the talks as preliminary.

If completed, MergeCo would have close to 300 million customers and become one of Asia’s largest mobile infrastructure companies operating approximately 60,000 towers across Asia. It is anticipated that the operational headquarters would be in Kuala Lumpur with the majority of functions. The company is planned to be listed at an international stock exchange as well as on Bursa Malaysia. In Malaysia, the intention is to merge Celcom and Digi, with MergeCo as the majority owner in the combined business.

Telenor's Asian operations include:

  • dtac, Thailand, 21.202 million mobile subscriptions (2018)
  • DiGi, Malaysia, 11.660 million mobile subscriptions (2018)
  • Telenor Pakistan, 43.530 million mobile subscriptions (2018)
  • Telenor Myanmar, 17.232 million mobile subscriptions (2018)
  • Grameenphone, Bangladesh, 72.732 million mobile subscriptions (2018)


Axiata's operations include:

  • Malaysia brands are celcom, e.co (infrastructure), Boost (financial services), ada (digital advertising), and apigate (digital platform)
  • Singapore brand is ada
  • Indonesia brands are ada, Boost, XL Axiata
  • Cambodia brands are Smart, e.co
  • Thailand brand is ada
  • Myanmar brand is e.co
  • Bangladesh brand is robi, e.co, and ada
  • Nepal brand is Ncel
  • Pakistan brand is e.co
  • India brand is ada and apigate
  • Sri Lanka brand are Dialog and e.co

“By creating one of Asia’s leading telecom players; with strong regional operations in nine countries and close to 300 million customers, we will combine scale and competence, thereby unlocking considerable synergies. I am confident this will create significant value for shareholders and will be beneficial to our customers,” said Sigve Brekke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Telenor expands partnerships with Cisco

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke signed a Joint Purpose Agreement 2.0 expanding their collaboration across cybersecurity, cloud and the digital workplace. Telenor will also explore Open Virtualized RAN (vRAN) solutions for 5G with Cisco.

“Cisco is focused on innovating to help our customers evolve their networks to be more flexible and programmable as we look to 5G, and the billions of connections this new era will make possible. Telenor Group shares our vision for the digital future, and we look forward to continuing to deliver on our mutual commitments to benefit both of our customers,“ said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco.

“We’re in the midst of modernising Telenor, preparing both ourselves and our customers for continued digitalisation. Doing so, we’re happy to further enhance our collaboration with a key technology partner such as Cisco for solutions within cybersecurity, cloud and open vRAN for 5G. We’re already working closely together on a number of innovative projects and are looking forward to a deeper engagement on some of the areas that matter most to our customers: fast, reliable, efficient and secure connectivity,” said Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Telenor picks Ericsson for 5G core network transformation

Telenor has selected Ericsson to transform its core network in Sweden, Denmark and Norway by deploying Ericsson Cloud Core solutions for 5G across multiple data centers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the Network Function Virtualization contract, Ericsson’s full portfolio of network function solutions and related services will be harnessed to deploy Ericsson Cloud Core solutions for 5G across multiple data centers for Telenor. This includes Policy Control, virtual IMS (vIMS) and virtual User Data Consolidation (vUDC) as well as lead system integration and support services.

Morten Karlsen Sørby, Telenor’s Executive Vice President and Acting Cluster Head Scandinavia says: “Ericsson’s portfolio of VNF enables Telenor to become more agile while reducing costs through improved operations. This transformational deal is an important step towards future-proofing our core network as we look towards 5G. It provides us with state-of-the-art virtual core applications that serve mobile and fixed access and extend the lifecycle of our legacy network.”

Arun Bansal, Ericsson’s Head of Europe & Latin America says: “Ericsson is a long-term partner to Telenor in Scandinavia, supporting the company across multiple engagements in fixed and mobile networks in the region. This deal strengthens that partnership by evolving Telenor’s existing network to the cloud, ensuring continued exceptional services to their customers. As we move together towards 5G it also opens up new opportunities in the IoT space.”

http://www.ericsson.com/press

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Telenor updates optical core with Nokia

Telenor selected Nokia as its sole supplier for the replacement of its legacy optical backbone network in Norway and Sweden.

The upgrade replaces the current optical core network connecting major centers across Norway and Sweden with coherent optical transmission based on Nokia equipment, including its 1830 Photonic Service Switch. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The next-generation optical network will feature advanced wavelength routing (CDC-F) for greater flexibility and dynamic network management and automation. Nokia said the new network offers an SDN-ready platform for automating, optimizing and assuring network services.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Telenor and Cisco introduce WorkingGroupTwo

Telenor and Cisco are launching a new business entity called “WorkingGroupTwo” (WG2) that will offer mobile operators a cloud solutions platform.

WG2 will offer a mobile-core-network as-a-service and as-a-platform supporting IoT and other industry verticals.

Erlend Prestgard has been appointed CEO of “WorkingGroupTwo” and Birger Magnus has been appointed Chairman of the Board. The Board of Directors and employees own about 5% of the company, with Telenor and Digital Alpha LLC owning the remaining shares in equal proportion.

“The “WorkingGroupTwo” platform is a Telenor innovation. I am proud that we as a company are able to leverage new technologies to make a pioneering telco platform with the potential of bringing the whole industry forward. We are firmly committed to supporting “WorkingGroupTwo”, and want to give the entity the freedom to unleash wider industry eco-system dynamics. For this reason we have also set up a strong global partnership with Cisco,” said Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group.

“Cisco’s partnership with Telenor to launch “WorkingGroupTwo” demonstrates how we are driving positive change for our customers,” said Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco.  “Our joint efforts will help mobile operators automate the delivery of mobile cloud services and deliver innovation at a faster pace.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Telenor selects NEC for Microwave Systems

NEC announced that it has signed a global frame agreement with global telco Telenor based in Norway covering the provision of microwave communications systems to the group's 13 telecom affiliates in Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Through this agreement, NEC will provide full support for the deployments, from the introduction of its ultra-compact microwave communications systems, iPASOLINK VR and iPASOLINK EX Advanced, to maintenance services over a period of five years.

Under the agreement, NEC will initially supply the iPASOLINK solution to Telenor Pakistan, before expanding the delivery of its products to the group's affiliates in other geographic areas. Telenor group has operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, as well as Pakistan.

NEC noted that it has a longstanding relationship with Telenor extending over decades, and has previously entered into a number of global frame agreements for microwave communications systems since 2006. NEC claims to be Telenor's largest supplier of microwave communications systems in terms of cumulative shipments.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201705/global_20170510_03.html


  • In 2016 NEC and NEC Scandinavia announced it had been selected to provide routing, switching and security equipment and maintenance services to Telenor Norway and Telenor Sweden within the frame of the group's IP/MPLS network modernisation program (BRUT).
  • In 2015, NEC, together with Juniper Networks and Infinera, announced a global framework agreement with the Telenor Group under which it would act as a turnkey solution provider for Telenor with responsibility for delivering all major elements of the operator's transport network, including microwave, IP routers and optical equipment.


Monday, October 19, 2015

ZTE Signs IP/WDM Global Framework Agreement with Telenor

ZTE announced a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Telenor, the international mobile communication company, based in Norway.

Specifically. Telenor has selected several of ZTE’s new products, including ZTE IP products for IP CORE, Metro-E and IPRAN scenarios. Specifically this includes the IP CORE product, IT platform ZXR10 T800, Metro-E IPRAN aggregation products ZXR10, M6000-S and ZXCTN 9000-E based on 400G platform. Additionally the access product ZXCTN 6100 series is included, alongside the large-capacity, super-high port density MPLS switch ZXR10 5900E and ZXR10 8900E - used to cover 11 models from access, aggregation, core, to security gateway broadband user access. These products meet the demands faced by Telenor and other operators around the world during branch application scenarios. ZTE’s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) products, such as the ZXONE 9700, meet Core, Metro, and Access demands.

“With the existing equipment and service agreement, Telenor’s market approach and technology are completely integrated with ZTE’s technical strength in bearer network product research and development. We’ll continue to focus on the customer’s mobile broadband development demands to provide better service for Telenor’s global consumers,” said Mr. Xu Ming, General Manager of ZTE Bearer Network Product Line.

http://www.zte.com.cn

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NEC Supplies Juniper and Infinera Gear to Telenor

Norway's Telenor Group signed a global framework agreement with NEC covering all major aspects of the operator’s transport network, including microwave, IP routers and optical and will manage the delivery, installation and commission of equipment.

NEC has supported Telenor Group’s successful rollout of 3G and 4G mobile services across the globe as a global supplier of microwave communications systems since 2006.

Under the new contract, NEC, Juniper Networks and Infinera will provide IP transport routers and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) optical communications equipment to the Telenor Group’s 13 telecommunications affiliates worldwide to handle the ever increasing volume of traffic and content over today’s networks.

“Today’s announcement further reinforces our 30-year plus relationship with Telenor that started when NEC provided satellite communications systems to the operator in the 1980s,” said Takayuki Morita, executive vice president, NEC Corporation. “NEC, together with its partners Juniper Networks and Infinera, are fully committed to helping Telenor maintain its competitive edge through the provision of highly-reliable, market-leading transport network solutions.”

http://jpn.nec.com/press/201509/20150909_01.html

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Telenor Group Commits to Huawei for Radio Access Networks

Telenor Group has awarded a five-year contract to Huawei to supply radio access equipment and professional services. The Global Frame Agreement focuses on modernizing existing 2G and 3G networks and further offers Telenor’s subsidiaries 2G, 3G and 4G technologies through Huawei. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei and Telenor have partnered in Radio Access Network technology since 2008.

"We are pleased that Huawei continues to invest and leverage their innovation in mobile technology with Telenor. LTE is a key area of focus for Telenor and with Huawei global experience in building and supplying radio access equipment and professional services, Telenor will continue to bring superior mobile broadband experiences to end users," said Hilde Tonne, EVP and Head of Group Industrial Development, Telenor Group.

http://www.huawei.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Telenor and TeliaSonera Plan JV in Denmark

Telenor and TeliaSonera agreed to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each.

The new company will have a combined mobile subscriber base of around 3.5 million for a combined mobile subscriber market share of approximately 40%, revenues of more than DKK 9 billion.

The companies said the merger will likely yield annual efficiency gains of above DKK 800 million, with full effect from 2019.

“Competition in Denmark is intense and we face continued pressure on revenue growth and profitability, making consolidation inevitable. By combining the assets and customer bases of Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark, the joint venture will become a robust operator. We will be able to offer our customers a high-quality network with outstanding connectivity and the best customer experience in Denmark,” says Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.

http://www.telenor.com/


  • TDC currently holds about 41% share of the mobile subscribers in Denmark.

Monday, May 26, 2014

ALU Signs Global Deal with Telenor

Telenor Group signed a global frame agreement making Alcatel-Lucent a candidate provider for 4G LTE networks to the subsidiaries in 13 countries in Europe and Asia. The agreement offers Telenor subsidiaries Alcatel-Lucent’s leading 4G LTE Overlay solution as an alternative to single RAN deployment.  Included in the scope of the agreement are Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE Radio Access Network and the 5620 Service Aware Manager.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Telenor Awards 5-Year Radio Deal to Nokia

Telenor has selected Nokia as a candidate supplier for radio access equipment and professional services over a period of five years. The deal covers upgrades to Telenor networks across Europe and Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We continue to invest in the modernization of our network to provide excellent end-user experience as part of our vision of Internet for all,” said Hilde Tonne, EVP, Group Industrial Development Telenor Group. “For this important radio access technology area, we have selected Nokia as a partner due to our excellent working relationship and the company’s proven expertise in mobile broadband and services.”

“This project is another important milestone in our long-standing collaboration with Telenor Group which dates back to the 1990s, and we are currently supplier to several of Telenor’s business units across Europe and Asia”, said René Svendsen-Tune, EVP, Europe and Latin America, Nokia. “We are committed to support Telenor in developing a high-capacity mobile broadband infrastructure that will meet its subscribers’ needs today and tomorrow as well as those of new markets.”

http://www.nsn.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

Telenor Picks Ericsson for Network Build in Myanmar

Telenor has awarded a 5-year contract to Ericsson to support its nationwide network rollout in Myanmar. Late last year, Telenor also awarded Ericsson with a frame agreement to supply radio-access network (RAN) and associated services for a significant portion of Telenor's network in the country.

Telenor's network in Myanmar is expected to cover 90 percent of the country's population of more than 60 million in five years.

Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar, says: "We are pleased to add Ericsson to the group of global partners we will be working with as we develop the Telenor Myanmar telecommunications network. This is a historic project for Myanmar and for Telenor, and strong partners like Ericsson will be critical to its success."

http://www.ericsson.com

In June 2013, Telenor and Qtel (Ooredoo) were each awarded licenses to build mobile networks in Myanmar.

Telenor said it plans to rapidly roll out a modern telecommunications network and services. Telenor plans to build a state-of-the-art mobile network using HSPA and LTE-ready technologies reaching nationwide coverage within five years. First services are expected to launch in 2014.

Ooredoo noted its significant experience of developing, delivering and investing in communication services in the ASEAN region.  Its assets include Indosat, the Indonesian fixed and mobile communications services provider.  Through its partnership with STT, Ooredoo is also an active investor in Starhub, Singapore’s leading integrated communications provider, which offers some of the region’s most advanced communications services for consumers and business. Also through the STT partnership, Ooredoo is invested in LTC, the incumbent fixed and mobile network provider in Laos. Underpinning the importance of broadband services, Ooredoo operates wi-tribe, a broadband network provider with operations in Pakistan and the Philippines.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent to Supply ConteXtream’s Session Control to Telenor

Telenor Group awarded a three-year global frame agreement to Alcatel-Lucent to supply mobile Internet optimization for Telenor’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks in Europe and Asia.

The deployment will use ConteXtream’s Session Control to manage end-to-end sessions across the network, automatically directing video traffic to Opera's Skyfire based on rules or policies decided on by the operator.  Opera’sSkyfireRocket Controller and Optimizer optimizes video streams and web in real-time on a per device, user and session basis, thereby improving quality of experience, reducing bandwidth and increasing mobile network capacity.

Alcatel-Lucent is also providing its Velocix 7810 Transparent Caching to temporarily store popular content closer to subscribers, as well as its 9900 Wireless Network Guardian to monitor service quality and provide network analytics.

Alcatel-Lucent said the solution will help Telenor address the challenges caused by mobile users accessing over the top (OTT) video from sites like YouTube or Netflix.

 http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.contextream.com


  • ConteXtream creates a virtualized service abstraction layer, enabling a wireless service provider to more quickly add new applications and network services. ConteXtream’s Service Provider-SDN solution identifies and steers traffic to the specific subset of network functions needed to support each subscriber flow, enabling greater network efficiency, and providing improved network management and subscriber visibility. Existing network functions, as well as the ones being newly introduced, benefit from this deployment. They include content filtering, spam filtering, customized billing, distributed caching, video optimization, TCP optimization, ad insertion, and network and subscriber analytics. 
    In May 2013, ConteXtream announced that a Tier 1 mobile operator in the U.S. had selected its solution. 
     The company is based in Mountain View, California with R&D in Israel.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Telenor Picks NEC for Microwave Backhaul

NEC announced a global framework contract to supply Telenor with its compact microwave communications system, the "iPASOLINK" series, including the "5000ips" long-haul, large capacity microwave system and related services such as installation and commissioning.

The global framework contract awarded to NEC is one of the contracts covering the Telenor group's 11 affiliates. 

NEC said the deal strengthens its position as the primary microwave communication system supplier for the Telenor Group.




Saturday, December 15, 2012

Telenor Commits to Indian Market

Telenor restated its intention to become a major player in the Indian communications market by committing  INR 155 billion to its operations there.

In the most recent spectrum auction, Telenor secured 5 MHz spectrum in UP East, UP West, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.  In combination with the planned business transfer from Uninor to a new entity, this allows Telenor’s India operations to continue seamlessly in the new company for a period of 20 years.

Telenor noted that its Indian operations already enjoy decent market positions in terms of subscriber and revenue market share in all six circles.  The company is aiming to take a number 2-3 position in its of the clusters where it participates.

“The decision by India’s Supreme Court in February to revoke all our licenses took the entire industry by surprise and we were faced with an intense period of uncertainty for the next 10 months,’’ said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Telenor Group Chief Executive Officer and President. “An extraordinary turnaround operation followed and very early on we left no doubt about our intentions to stay and secure our future operations in India. Telenor has a growth strategy and we consider India to be one of the world’s biggest growth markets for many years to come.”

http://www.telenor.com

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