Telenor shutting down 3G network

Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor plans to start shutting down its 3G network in January. The shutdown will mostly affect customers who have relatively old mobile phones that aren’t so “smart” anymore. “This will affect those who surf on old smart phones produced before the 4G network came in 2012,” Bjørn Amundsen of Telenor told news […]

Finnmark communities lost coverage

Several communities in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark were without either broadband or mobile phone coverage on Friday. An error in state-controlled Telenor’s mobile network was to blame. “This can put people in danger, it’s unacceptable,” fumed the mayor of Gamvik in northeastern Finnmark, Trond Einar Olaussen of the Labour Party, to state broadcaster NRK. […]

Telenor celebrated big sale with water

There was no time for champagne after Sigve Brekke, chief executive of Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor, signed off on the sale of the state-controlled company’s mobile phone operations in Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro last week. “We settled for a glass of water,” Brekke told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). The Telenor CEO was nonetheless pleased […]

Thousands lose phone service

Nearly 800,000 customers of several mobile telephone firms in Norway were without service on Sunday because of a technical error in Oslo. State broadcaster NRK reported that the problems affected customers of One Call, Network Norway, Mycall and Tele2. The problem was traced to Tele2’s mobile network that the other companies also use. “We can confirm […]

TeliaSonera buys Tele2 Norway

UPDATED: NetCom’s mother company TeliaSonera almost doubled its share of the Norwegian telecommunications market on Monday with the purchase of Tele2 Norway. TeliaSonera paid SEK 5.1 billion (USD 744 million) for the acquisition, which increased its market share from 23 percent to around 40 percent. The move increased TeliaSonera’s mobile subscription base to 2.7 million, […]

‘Explosive’ increase in kids’ phone use

Fully eight out of 10 Norwegian children between the ages of nine and 16 now have not just mobile phones but expensive “smartphones” that they use to play games, take photos, watch videos, surf the Internet and communicate. A new study shows an “explosive” increase in the number of children with smartphones, and that they’re […]

Mobile banking charges cost Telenor

Norwegian telecom giant Telenor angered customers by announcing it would start charging users every time they access the Bank ID function on their mobile phones from May 1. Customers vented their anger on social media, and Telenor admitted some have already cancelled their phone services and left the company. Bank ID is an electronic security […]

Power outage cuts communications

A massive power outage in the Møre og Romsdal region affected 132 base stations in the early hours of Thursday morning, cutting out fixed line, mobile, broadband and emergency networks to thousands of people. Emergency generators also failed, leaving many residents without any method of communications for most of the day. Sunnmøre police’s chief investigator […]

Telenor slumps on Myanmar mobile phone deal

Investors didn’t seem to react well to news on Thursday that major Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor had succeeded in obtaining a license to provide mobile phone service in one of the world’s last mobile market frontiers, Myanmar (Burma). Telenor’s stock fell 1.4 percent on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and was only slightly recovering on Friday. […]

Telenor attracted to Myanmar

Telecommunications group Telenor has become the latest Norwegian company to eye Myanmar as a potential new market as the country emerges from years of military rule. Norwegian government officials and Telenor executives have recently visited the country, but remain worried about the levels of corruption. Myanmar is rated as one of the world’s most corrupt […]