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 […]

Funcom trial underway in Oslo

Four former investors and executives of Oslo-based gaming company Funcom pleaded guilty to charges of insider trading in Funcom stock when their trial got underway in Oslo last week. The company is best known for creating computer games such as Age of Conan, The Secret World, Anarchy Online and Lego Minifigures. Three of the men […]

DAB critics slam radio revolution

Static is rising over Norway’s plans to literally turn off its FM radio network next year and replace it with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). As the date for launching the FM phase-out draws closer, Norwegians are waking up to the fact that their traditional AM/FM radios will no long work, and protests are pouring in. “Norwegian […]

NAV prods seniors to go online

Norway’s social welfare agency NAV, which administers everything from unemployment benefits to pensions, has sent a letter to around 600,000 retirees informing them that they no longer will receive their pension notices through the postal system. From now on, both they and others collecting disability benefits will receive their notices only electronically, and many are unhappy. “A large […]

Chinese launch bid for Opera Software

One of Norway’s most remarkable start-up firms that became big in the browser business looks likely to be taken over by Chinese interests. Opera Software’s founder isn’t pleased, but its board is unanimously recommending that shareholders sell out to a Chinese investment fund that’s offered NOK 10.5 billion for the company. Opera Software, which reportedly had been […]

Telenor helped thousands of seniors to go online

Nearly 3,000 senior citizens filled the Telenor Arena on Thursday, adjacent to the large Norwegian telecoms headquarters west of Oslo, to seek help and inspiration in a confusing digital world. Around 1,500 Telenor workers were on hand to offer tips and demystify the process of going online. The program was called “Internet for All” and […]

Funcom stock stop turned into hop

Norwegian games maker Funcom saw trading of its shares halted on Wednesday, when the company was raided  and later charged with market manipulation. By Thursday the shares were climbing again, and company officials seemed to be heading into the weekend confident that they hadn’t done anything wrong. Current Funcom management also told Oslo newspaper Dagens […]

Economic crime unit raids Funcom

Officers from Norway’s economic crime unit Økokrim were waiting at the doors when Funcom employees arrived at the company’s headquarters in Oslo on Wednesday morning. Witnesses reported police raided the offices, causing quite a stir in Oslo’s mostly residential area of Skøyen, but both Økokrim and the gaming developers remained tight-lipped on details. Half-a-dozen Økokrim officers […]

Telenor red-faced as problems grow

UPDATED: Beleaguered staff at Telenor’s headquarters were left having to apologize for new, separate errors that affected customers across the country before and during the weekend. By Tuesday the latest crash of mobile servers remained a mystery. The new problems began on Friday just a week after up to 3 million mobile telephone customers were […]

‘Signal storm’ caused Telenor outages

Problems at part state-owned telecoms firm Telenor that left as many as 3 million users without coverage for up to 18 hours over the Pentecost holiday weekend were caused by a never-before-seen “signal storm,” the company revealed in a report on Thursday. Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas described the problem as the most serious since […]