Telenor Group today announced that it has surpassed the 200 million mobile subscriber mark. This represents a significant milestone in Telenor Group’s history across Asia, Europe and the Nordics.
“Many in Telenor can remember reaching one million subscribers – a once-historic milestone. Since then, the world has changed dramatically and with it, the role of the mobile phone. Today, Telenor is in the hands of more than 200 million people from Malaysia to Norway. Telenor´s early explorers of the 1990s aspired to bring the benefits of mobile communications to everyone, but they could hardly have imagined the impact we witness now. Today, our vision goes beyond putting a phone in every hand. We envision an internet for all, and with it all the opportunities that a digital life brings,” said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.
As the world evolves to view connectivity as a basic necessity, Telenor Group will continue its work in enabling connectivity for all. At the same time, Telenor is exploring new ways to sustain growth, capture customers’ attention and create value for them.
Commenting on the milestone Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India said, “We at Telenor India are proud to be the leading contributor of subscriber growth adding over 5 million customers in the last 11 months. With a strong position on being the most affordable service provider we have attracted the mass market customers and managed to be the 4th biggest in revenue and customer market share in the circles we operate. As we move towards becoming a digital services company, we are committed to take data and Internet services to the masses as we have done with voice services.”
“Earlier this year, Telenor changed its brand name from Uninor and has also launched an industry first initiative of offering free life insurance to its customers. With innovative offers for mass market customers we have continued to provide superior value to our customers,” said Sharad Mehrotra.
Among Telenor’s business units, India contributes over 24% of its total customer base. Telenor had launched mobile services here in 2009, and is commercially available in six circles covering 50% of India’s population.
Telenor Group is present in 13 markets across Asia and Europe. The company entered Hungary 21 years ago and established its first Asian operation in 1996. Telenor has since emerged as a leading global mobile operator. As of the third quarter 2015, Telenor Group’s six Asian operations generated more than 50 percent of the group’s total revenues and Norway and the rest of Europe about 20 percent each. Telenor Group has added more than 170 million subscribers in the past decade.
“Telenor Group is a truly global company, with a broad geographic footprint and a brand and logo visible to more than one billion people. It is based on a strong Norwegian heritage and has propelled into a global brand that ranks amongst the top four in Scandinavia and amongst the top 200 in the world. By connecting its consumers, giving people access to the internet and digital services, Telenor is enabling people to drive business, improve their lives and contribute to building a better future for society,” said Atle Følgesvold, consultant at global market research firm TNS.
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