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 […]

Bergen is most future-oriented

Norway’s West Coast city of Bergen has preserved its history but also is best equipped to tackle the future, according to a survey of the country’s 71 largest cities. Bergen tops the list, followed by Bryne farther south in Rogaland, and Kongsberg, which has been attracting new businesses for years. The survey, conducted by consulting […]

Researchers may boost battery capacity

Norwegian researchers believe they have cracked a code that can give electric cars, mobile telephones, electronic tablets and other technology much higher batter capacity. “You can say that we found the X-factor we were looking for,” Arve Holt, research director at Norway’s Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) wrote in a press release. “This can have […]

‘The Gathering’ lures more job recruiters

Talent scouts and recruiters were out in force this week as The Gathering, an annual festival for young computer and technology enthusiasts, got underway in Hamar again. It’s become a rich hunting grounds for young experts in gaming, programming and even hacking. With around 6,000 youngsters assembled in Hamar’s Vikingskipet arena, originally built for speed […]

Mobilepay pulls out of Norway

The Danish mobile payment service Mobilepay, established by Danske Bank, is pulling out of Norway after major bank Nordea opted to give it up in favour of DNB’s Vipps service. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that only 3,000 of Nordea’s roughly 1 million customers had downloaded Mobilepay. The Danish service can claim around 3.8 million […]

Trouble plagues DNB’s mobile payment system

DNB’s much-vaunted “Vipps” system, which allows users to pay for goods and services via their mobile phones, was out of service on Friday and bank officials couldn’t say when it would be up and running again.  “Some of our customers experienced earlier today that transactions were being doubled,” the bank reported on its Facebook page. That […]

Norwegian officials following Swedes’ IT scandal closely

Norwegian security experts and government officials are concerned about a severe breach of computer security in Sweden that made it possible to spread sensitive, confidential information. Norway and Sweden have similar government systems, experts note, and both countries need to put much higher priority on the security of computer files. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has now admitted that […]

Health board fired after IT scandal

All the board members of the information technology subsidiary of Helse Sør-Øst, Norway’s biggest regional health care provider, were fired on Wednesday by the chairman of Helse Sør-Øst, Ann Kristin Olsen. The mass firing comes after state broadcaster NRK reported how contracted workers for the subsidiary in Asia and Eastern Europe were wrongfully granted access to sensitive patient information. The overseas […]

Wristwatches to be banned during exams

The University of Oslo is imposing a ban on the use of all wristwatches during exams, because many of them have become too smart. The advent of “smart watches” that contain computers makes them all suspect, since students could use them to cheat. The university announced the ban, claiming it was no long possible to discern […]

DNB customers suffered more online banking trouble

Norway’s largest bank, DNB, had another breakdown in its online banking and mobile payments systems on Monday. Customers were unable to long in, for the sixth time in the past month. It was just last week that DNB suffered one of its longest online banking breakdowns, with its systems were out of order for most of […]