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Patna, 28th March, 2018

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Non-availability of mobile Internet services

On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Samastipur district of Bihar till 29th March, 2018.  Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected. 

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Pune, 27th March, 2018

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On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Aurangabad district of Maharastra till 28th March, 2018.  Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected. 

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Patna, 18th March, 2018

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Non-availability of mobile Internet services

On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in the district Bhagalpur of Bihar till 19th March, 2018.  Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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Hyderabad, 15th December, 2017
 
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Non-availability of mobile Internet services in districts of Adilabad and Asifabad (Telangana)

On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in the districts of Adilabad and Asifabad in Telangana state till further notice.  Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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Patna, 5th October, 2017
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Non-availability of mobile Internet services

On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in the following areas of Bihar:  Districts of Katihar and Begusarai till 7th October, 2017 and in Jamui district till 6th October, 2017.  Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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Patna, 28th September 2017
 Non-availability of mobile Internet services in Nawada district (Bihar)

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Non-availability of mobile Internet services in Nawada district (Bihar)

On the order of local administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Nawada district of Bihar till Saturday, 30th September 2017. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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Patna, 5th September , 2017
Non availability of mobile Internet services in Kosi and Purnea commisionerate (Bihar)

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Kosi and Purnea commisionerate (Bihar)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Kosi and Purnea commisionerate of Bihar till Thursday, 7th September 2017. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Telenor expands network reach ...

Subscribers can now enjoy superior voice quality and high speed 3G/4G Internet services at most affordable rates  

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Telenor expands network reach for seamless voice and data services across AP & TS

Subscribers can now enjoy superior voice quality and high speed 3G/4G Internet services at most affordable rates 

HYDERABAD, 30 August, 2017: Telenor India today announced an intra-circle roaming arrangement with Airtel in (AP & TS). With this, eligible Telenor subscribers will be able to enjoy 3G services and a wider coverage of 4G services and high-speed Internet while on roaming within the state.

Telenor India has been offering 2G data and 4G services through innovative narrow band LTE technology across 13 towns in AP & TS. With this new arrangement, Telenor customers will now get access to a wider network coverage and affordable high-speed data across 14254 additional towns and villages in AP & TS.

Speaking on the occasion, Shrinath Kotian, Circle Business Head – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Telenor India said, “As a customer centric company we understand the need to provide a good network presence and connect our customers’ with sabse sasta products. All they need is to have a 3G or 4G enabled phone to experience high speed data all over AP & TS. With this new initiative, we will strengthen our voice and data coverage and ensure customer satisfaction while they are roaming within the state.”

To avail state-wide coverage customers need to have a 3G/4G enabled handset, Telenor 4G SIM for 4G speed and a regular 2G SIM for 3G speed. Customers can now enjoy better voice quality and coverage along with high speed internet services with these affordable STVs.  The tariff vouchers range between Rs 9 and Rs 349 and offer up to 28 GB of data every month. Rs 28 pack is one of the most affordable in the market with 200 MB of data for 7 days.

Customers in AP & TS can check more details and avail the new tariff plans at the nearest Telenor retailer and Telenor store. Alternatively, customers can also subscribe through www.telenor.in/4G or Telenor India mobile app or by simply dialing *121# from their mobile phones. Telenor has over  299 distributors, 222 exclusive stores and 47000 Point of Sale and serves nearly 3.8 million customers in the  AP & TS circle.

About Telenor India:

Telenor (India) Communications is a mobile telecom operator offering most affordable and value for money prepaid voice and data services in India. It is a wholly owned company of the Norway-based Telenor Group, which has over 214 million subscribers across its 13 business units in Europe and Asia. Telenor India has commercial operations in UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra (including Goa) and Gujarat. In the areas where it operates, Telenor is the fourth largest operator both in revenue and customer market share. Telenor has positioned itself as a Sabse Sasta ‘full paisa vasool’ operator and has around 47.3 million subscriptions from the six circles.

For more information, please visit www.telenor.in/about-us | Follow us on Twitter @telenorINnews and on Facebook @telenorIndia

Media contacts: 

Sree Chaitanya: +91 9059112625 ; Sreechaitanya.G@telenor.in

Varsha Nair: +91 9999348882varsha.Nair@text100.co.in

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Patna, 10th August , 2017
Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Saharsa (Bihar)

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Saharsa (Bihar)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Saharsa district of Bihar till 1830 hrs on Thursday, 10th August. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Telenor expands network reach ...

Subscribers can now enjoy high speed 3G/4G Internet services and superior voice quality at most affordable rates in the entire state

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Telenor expands network reach to provide seamless data services all over Maharashtra & Goa

Pune, 3rd August, 2017: Telenor India today announced an intra-circle roaming arrangement with Airtel in Maharashtra & Goa. With this, eligible Telenor subscribers will be able to enjoy 3G services and a wider coverage of 4G services and high-speed Internet while on roaming within the M&G Circle.

Telenor India has been, till now, offering 2G data services in the state and 4G services through innovative narrow band LTE technology in Amravati town. With this extended network, Telenor customers will now be able to access affordable high-speed data in over 3777 towns and villages in Maharashtra & Goa Circle.

Speaking on the occasion, Sukrit Maitre, Circle Business Head – Maharashtra & Goa, Telenor India said, “As a customer centric company we understand the need to provide a good network presence and connect our customers with sabse sasta products. All they need to do is subscribe to a special product to activate this facility and they need to have a 3G or 4G enabled phone to experience high speed data all over Maharashtra & Goa Circle. With this new initiative, we will strengthen our coverage and ensure customer satisfaction while they are roaming within the state.”

To avail Circle-wide coverage customers need to have a 3G/4G enabled handset, Telenor 4G SIM for 4G speed and a regular 2G SIM for 3G speed and subscribe to a special tariff voucher (STV) recharge. These STVs have been designed to meet the data requirements of customers and they can choose from packs starting at Rs 28 to Rs 349 for up to 28 GB every month.

Customers in M&G can check more details and avail the new 3G / 4G tariff plans at the nearest Telenor retailer and Telenor store. Alternatively, customers can also subscribe through www.telenor.in/4G or Telenor India mobile app or by simply dialing *121# from their mobile phones. Telenor has over 383 distributors, 256 exclusive stores and 47000 Point of Sale and serves nearly 6.97 million customers in the M&G circle.

About Telenor India:

Telenor (India) Communications is a mobile telecom operator offering most affordable and value for money prepaid voice and data services in India. It is a wholly owned company of the Norway-based Telenor Group, which has over 214 million subscribers across its 13 business units in Europe and Asia. Telenor India has commercial operations in UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra (including Goa) and Gujarat. In the areas where it operates, Telenor is the fourth largest operator both in revenue and customer market share. Telenor has positioned itself as a Sabse Sasta ‘full paisa vasool’ operator and has around 50 million subscriptions from the six circles.

For more information, please visit www.telenor.in/about-us | Follow us on Twitter @telenorINnews and on Facebook @telenorIndia

Media contacts: 

Hemant Thakkar: +91 9175111144hemant.thakkar@telenor.in

Varsha Nair: +91 9999348882varsha.Nair@text100.co.in

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Patna, 28h July, 2017

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Nawada (Bihar)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Nawada district of Bihar till 1800 hrs on Friday, 28th July. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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Telenor expands network reach to provide seamless data services all over Gujarat

Subscribers can now enjoy high speed 3G/4G Internet services and superior voice quality at most affordable rates in the entire state

 

AHMEDABAD, 24TH JULY, 2017: Telenor India today announced an intra-circle roaming arrangement with Airtel in Gujarat. With this, eligible Telenor subscribers will be able to enjoy 3G services and a wider coverage of 4G services and high-speed Internet while on roaming within the state.

 

Telenor India has been, till now, offering 2G data services in the state and 4G services through innovative narrow band LTE technology in Anand. With this extended network, Telenor customers will now be able to access affordable high-speed data in over 2100 additional towns and villages in Gujarat.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Rituraj Kalita, Circle Business Head - Gujarat, Telenor India said, “As a customer centric company we understand the need to provide a good network presence and connect our customers with sabse sasta products. All they need to do is subscribe to a special product to activate this facility and they need to have a 3G or 4G enabled phone to experience high speed data all over Gujarat. With this new initiative, we will strengthen our coverage and ensure customer satisfaction while they are roaming within the state.”

 

To avail state-wide coverage customers need to have a 3G/4G enabled handset, Telenor 4G SIM for 4G speed and a regular 2G SIM for 3G speed and a subscribe to a special tariff voucher (STV) recharge. These STVs have been designed to meet the data requirements of customers and they can choose from packs starting at Rs 28 to Rs 349 for up to 28 GB every month.

 

Customers in Gujarat can check more details and avail the new 3G / 4G tariff plans at the nearest Telenor retailer and Telenor store. Alternatively, customers can also subscribe through www.telenor.in/4G or Telenor India mobile app or by simply dialing *121# from their mobile phones. Telenor has over 290 distributors, 260 exclusive stores and 46000 Point of Sale and serves nearly 8.1 million customers in the Gujarat circle.

 

About Telenor India:

Telenor (India) Communications is a mobile telecom operator offering most affordable and value for money prepaid voice and data services in India. It is a wholly owned company of the Norway-based Telenor Group, which has over 214 million subscribers across its 13 business units in Europe and Asia. Telenor India has commercial operations in UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra (including Goa) and Gujarat. In the areas where it operates, Telenor is the fourth largest operator both in revenue and customer market share. Telenor has positioned itself as a Sabse Sasta ‘full paisa vasool’ operator and has around 50 million subscriptions from the six circles.

For more information, please visit www.telenor.in/about-us | Follow us on Twitter @telenorINnews and on Facebook @telenorIndia

 

Media contacts: 

Vasundhara Vyas: +91 9173111011vasundhara.vyas@telenor.in

Varsha Nair: +91 9999348882varsha.Nair@text100.co.in

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On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the districts of Surendranagar and Morbi (Gujarat)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Surendranagar district till 1200 hrs and in Morbi district till 1400 hrs on Monday, 17th July. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Saharsa (Bihar)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Saharsa district of Bihar till 2400 hrs on Friday, 14th  July. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be avail...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the districts of Surendranagar and Morbi (Gujarat)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Surendranagar and Morbi district till 2400 hrs on Friday, 14th July. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Madhubani district of Bihar...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Madhubani (Bihar)

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Madhubani district of Bihar between 0600 hrs to 2100 hrs on Thursday,  29th  June and Friday, 30th June 2017. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

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On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Siwan district of Bihar

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Siwan (Bihar)

Patna, 21 May 2017: “On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Siwan district of Bihar until 1700 hours on Sunday, 21st May. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected." 

Telenor reveals password habit...

In our highly connected lifestyle, passwords hold the key to any form of information access and acts as our digital identity.

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Telenor reveals password habits of Indians on World Password Day


•    83.5% children aged between 6 to 18 years are active on social media 
•    Every second child uses “weak passwords” for their online accounts
•    54.8% children share their password with their near and dear ones 
 

New Delhi, 4th May, 2017: In our highly connected lifestyle, passwords hold the key to any form of information access and acts as our digital identity.  A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters, and if compromised it exposes an individual to vulnerabilities such as data theft, hacking and invasion of privacy. On World Password Day, Telenor India has disclosed the password habits, internet usage and access patterns of school going children in the country. 
 
Telenor India’s WebWise report indicates that a whooping 98.8% of children in urban areas are using internet and 54.6% of those surveyed use “weak passwords” i.e. passwords with only alphabets or numbers and which are less than 8 characters. Additionally, 54.82% children share their passwords with their friends, family or relatives, hence creating a threat to their digital security. 
 
The WebWise survey was done in 13 cities and covered 2700 students. It also showed that 83.5% children between 6 to 18 years are active on social media and, hence, are likely to have a higher threat perception. The study found that over 35% children have experienced their account being hacked while 15.74% shared that they have received inappropriate messages.
 
On the occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications said, “Though India is home to the second largest internet population in the world, majority of users, specially our children, are exposed to cyber threats due to weak and easy-to-guess passwords. At Telenor India through projects like WebWise we are empowering the digital society by spreading awareness among our next generation of digital natives on how to stay safe from cyber vulnerabilities while accessing the Internet. On the World Password Day, we should understand the significance of using strong passwords and secure our identity in this digital world.” 
 
Post the WebWise workshops, 81.9% children said that they will reconsider to change their passwords and 84.26% children agreed that they will not share their passwords with anyone apart from their parents. Additionally, 72.26% of children said they will use a strong password which is a mix of alphabets, numbers, small & capital letters, symbols and special characters. 
 
Telenor India had initiated WebWise workshops in 2014 amongst school children, teachers and parents. Through WebWise more than 55,000 individuals have been trained on safe internet practices. Telenor WebWise ambassadors conduct these workshops in schools where they run modules on internet safety and explain the importance of setting a strong password. 

 

 

Non availability of mobile Int...

Patna, 5th April, 2017

Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Siwan & Go...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Siwan & Gopalganj (Bihar)

On the order of the District Administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor (India) will not be available in district of Siwan from 0800 Hrs till 2000 hours on Wednesday  5th April, 2017 and in the district of Gopalganj from 0600 Hrs - Wednesday  5th April, 2017 till 0600 Hrs – Thursday, 6th April, 2017. However Voice and SMS services in the above areas will remain unaffected.

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Patna, 6th April, 2017

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Madhubani and Nawada (Bihar)

On the order of the District Administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor (India) will not be available in the district of Madhubani from immediate effect  till 2000 Hrs on Thursday 6th April, 2017 and in Nawada till 0000  Hrs Thursday, 6th April, 2017. However Voice and SMS services in the above areas will remain unaffected.

Non availability of mobile Int...

Patna, 10th April, 2017

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in the district of Araria and Bhagalpur (Bihar)

On the order of the District Administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor (India) will not be available in district of Araria from 1500 Hrs on Monday 10th April, 2017  till 1500 hours on Tuesday  11th April, 2017 and in the district of Bhagalpur from immediate effect till further order. However Voice and SMS services in the above areas will remain unaffected.

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Telenor India spreads the joy of reading amongst children to celebrate World Book Day
• Collaborates with the Food 4 Thought Foundation...

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Telenor India spreads the joy of reading amongst children to celebrate World Book Day

Telenor India spreads the joy of reading amongst children to celebrate World Book Day
• Collaborates with the Food 4 Thought Foundation for the second consecutive year and donates 7000 books across the country
•These 7,000 books will be used to set-up 10 new libraries
NEW DELHI, 20th APRIL, 2017: With a mission of empowering societies, Telenor India spreads the joy of reading amongst children to celebrate ‘World Book Day’. Under the  ‘Book for Smiles’ campaign, Telenor collected around 7000 old books from employees and customers by setting up collection boxes across its offices and select Telenor stores. This is the second consecutive year wherein Telenor partnered with the Food 4 Thought Foundation and the books collected will be used to set up 10 new libraries in schools across India. Last year around 23 libraries were set up with the books collected covering 21 government schools and 2 public hospitals across states of Haryana, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
On this occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer at Telenor India said, “Books are considered to be a child’s best friend and through this campaign we aim to spread the joy of reading within children. We strongly believe that every book donated will have an impact on enhancing the literacy levels amongst children and shall further instill the habit of reading which is critical towards acquiring knowledge. This campaign has made accessibility of books easier for children and provides great opportunity to everyone who is willing to contribute in enhancing child education.”
Reading is clearly an integral aspect of a child’s learning journey and in a world dominated by technology and screens, reading is more important than ever as it is the only way for children to relax. The ‘Book for Smiles’ campaign by Telenor is an attempt to spread the joy of reading by bridging the gap between the privileged and not so privileged segment of children in the country.
“Knowledge is the key to create a developed society, as without the enlightened citizens, the future is bleak. Our children need a reading revolution; a revolution that we intend to fuel by giving our children an access to books. We are proud to have the support of Telenor in this journey and we are thankful to them to continue this campaign from last year which saw a great success. We are eager to spread the same level of excitement this year as well,” said Madhavi Sharma, Director, Food 4 Thought Foundation.
Telenor has always aligned its efforts towards bringing equality in the society. In addition to their pocket friendly products, the company has also been active on the social front by coming up with various awareness programs, especially to spread awareness amongst the children in India. WebWise was one of the key programs, where workshops are being conducted across schools to spread awareness amongst the young students on how to be safe online. ‘Book for Smiles’ is another initiative by Telenor to ensure that the underprivileged students in India have equal access to reading and do not see it as a luxury but their right.

 

Bharti Airtel to take ownershi...

Telenor ASA has on 23 February 2017 entered into a definitive agreement with Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel)...

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Bharti Airtel to take ownership of Telenor’s operations in India

(FORNEBU/NEW DELHI - 23 FEBRUARY 2017) - Telenor ASA has on 23 February 2017 entered into a definitive agreement with Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel), whereby Airtel will take full ownership of Telenor India.

Airtel is India’s largest wireless operator with over 269 million subscribers and a revenue market share of over 33 per cent. As the new owner, Airtel will take over Telenor India’s spectrum, licenses and operations, including its employees and customer base of 44 million[1]. Telenor’s operations and services will continue as normal until the completion of the transaction.

“We believe today’s agreement is in the best interest of our customers, employees and Telenor Group. Finding a long term solution to our India business has been a priority for us, and we are pleased with our agreement with Airtel. The decision to exit India has not been taken lightly. After thorough consideration, it is our view that the significant investments needed to secure Telenor India’s future business on a standalone basis would not have given an acceptable level of return,” says Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Group.

Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, says, “The agreement underlines our commitment to lead India’s digital revolution by offering world-class and affordable telecom services through a robust spectrum portfolio spread across multiple bands. On completion, the proposed acquisition will undergo seamless integration, both on the customer as well as the network side, and further strengthen our market position considerably in several key circles. The customers of Telenor India will be able to enjoy India’s widest and fastest voice & data network, and a range of Airtel’s world-class products and services.”

The transaction will not trigger any impairment. As of fourth quarter 2016, the remaining value of tangible and intangible assets in Telenor India amounted to NOK 0.3 billion.           

According to the agreement, Airtel and Telenor India will merge and Airtel will take over Telenor India as soon as all necessary approvals are received. As part of the agreement, Airtel will take over outstanding spectrum payments and other operational contracts, including tower lease. 

The transaction is subject to requisite regulatory approvals, including approvals from the Department of Telecommunications in India (DoT) and the Competition Commission of India. The exposure to claims related to the period Telenor owned the business, will remain with Telenor.

The transaction is expected to close within 12 months. With effect from first quarter 2017, Telenor India will be treated as an asset held for sale and discontinued operations in Telenor Group’s financial reporting.

Telenor announced its entry into India in 2008. In 2016, Telenor India’s revenues were NOK 6.0 billion and the operating cash flow was NOK -0.4 billion. Telenor services are commercially available in six telecom circles in India (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar & Jharkhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP East and UP West), and the company also has spectrum in Assam.

About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators, with reported revenues of NOK 131 billion in 2016. We keep 214 million mobile subscribers connected in 13 markets across Scandinavia, Central Eastern Europe, and Asia. Our 36,000 employees are committed to responsible business conduct and being our customers’ favourite partner in digital life. Connecting the world has been Telenor’s domain for more than 160 years, and we are driven by a singular vision: to empower societies. 

About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 17 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 368 million customers across its operations at the end of January 2017. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

 


[1] Subscriber number as per Telenor Group reporting. Telenor India has a wireless subscriber base of 54 million, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s reporting.

Asia speaks up on Cyberbullyin...

Multi-market Asia online survey reveals while online bullying and risks are still concerns, Asia’s parents feel that youth are increasingly r...

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Asia speaks up on Cyberbullying: Telenor Group survey


(Singapore/New Delhi) 7th February, 2017 – Telenor Group, on this Safer Internet Day 2017, releases results from a survey of parents and adults across Asia in order to give greater visibility of the types of digital bullying affecting youth and how they deal with it. The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents primarily from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries. While cyberbullying exists across all countries, the respondents said that they are discussing cyberbullying with youth and feel that resilience is being built, which may help them tackle digital abuse or better empathize with victims. The survey targeted Facebook users from 18-64 with stated interests in parenting, family issues, child welfare and online security.
 
“In the lead up to Safer Internet Day, we conducted this digital survey to keep on the pulse of the ever-evolving arena of digital bullying, to see how it affects children in Asia, and what both adults and children can do about it,” says Zainab Hussain Siddiqui, Director, Social Responsibility, Telenor Group. “Encouragingly, across Asia, we see examples of awareness-building efforts – on the part of our company and many others – reaching scores of children, parents and school teachers. And we hope this is leading to more resilience against online mistreatment.”
 
Telenor India’s WebWise, a flagship programme on children’s cyber safety & security, also reveals that in India 99% school going children in urban areas are using internet out of which every second child feels unsafe online. Over 35 per cent children have experienced hacking of their account while 15.74 per cent shared that they have received inappropriate messages.
 
First things first: Parents say they do talk to their children about cyberbullying
Dialogue is the first step in helping children understand how, why and on what channels online mistreatment can happen – and how to manage and report it. One of the first findings of this survey sheds a positive light on the situation. A majority of the respondents (46%) say that they speak to their children ‘all the time’ about internet and online behavior, followed by 39% who discussed this ‘sometimes.’ Only 12% said they had never spoken about this topic. A large segment of Asian adults feel empowered and aware enough to address online safety with youth.
 
Common experiences in cyberbullying
‘Being the target of hostile and rude comments and profanity online’ was the most common form of cyberbullying incidents that respondents’ children had experienced (22.5% of respondents). The next largest group said they ‘did not know’ if any of the listed cyberbullying incidents had occurred to their child. The third largest group said their children had not experienced cyberbullying as they have been ‘trained how to respond and defend themselves’ against this type of activity.  
 

 
Effects of cyberbullying vary
When asked how cyberbullying experiences affected the child, the answer was multi-layered with some surprises. They implied that Asia’s children are increasingly learning how to deal with bullying online, or actively were able to ignore the attacks with no effect on them. While 29% of respondents said that being cyberbullied affected the child negatively and they were ‘depressed’ for a time period, 24% said that the situation made the child more alert and able to defend themselves online. A further 24% said the child did not seem to be affected, with 7% even saying the online bullying ‘inspired the child to then help other victims.’  

Cyberbullying and online gaming
Those whose children play online games reported a higher rate of cyberbullying attacks than standard browsing activities. Of those surveyed, 79% said their child or a child that they know has been threatened with physical harm while playing online games specifically on websites or on social media. This was followed by 41% who said the child was the target of offensive comments including name calling, racist or sexist remarks.
Important: Education on appropriate websites
The reportedly most important online safety topic for children was to make sure that they know which websites or social networks are safe – or which should be kept out of bounds (27% of respondents). This was followed closely by education about sharing personal information online (26%), and knowing that people post anonymously online without repercussions (25%).
 
Other risks: Sharing personal information and visiting forbidden websites
Cyberbullying formed part of the online concerns that adults hold for youth, but the responses of the survey point out that risky online actions in general need to be addressed through education. Of the respondents, 55% said their child had given personal information to strangers online, followed by 51% who said the child had visited websites they were not supposed to.

However, while online scams and social media platforms in an increasingly digital world appear to be more prolific than ever, it was interesting to note that respondents said their child, or a child they knew, was least likely to experience email and social media account hacking, as well as sharing NSFW (Not Safe for Work) photos or videos.

 

Telenor India’s WebWise repo...

The WebWise survey was conducted across schools in 13 cities of India covering a sample size of 2727 students who have attended these sessions.

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Telenor India’s WebWise report reveals Internet habits of school going children

 

NEW DELHI, 26 DECEMBER, 2016: Telenor today published its WebWise report that analyses internet usage and access patterns of school going children. The report has findings of the safe Internet survey done in schools by Telenor India.

The survey reveals access trends of school going children in areas such as:

•    Medium used to access internet 
•    What is Internet being used for
•    Who will they approach if they are bullied
•    Understanding of safe internet practices
•    Awareness about child helpline
•    Favourite social media platforms
•    Types of cyber harm faced

 

The WebWise survey was conducted across schools in 13 cities of India covering a sample size of 2727 students who have attended these sessions. The WebWise programme is aimed at strengthening digital resiliency among school children. As part of the programme, Telenor employees conduct workshops in schools to spread awareness on safe internet practices for students, teachers and parents. 

Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications said, “At Telenor,  we believe in promoting a digitally connected society. As our children embark on this journey, it is our responsibility to ensure that Internet becomes a window to a wealth of information for them. On one hand the WebWise Report highlights the vulnerabilities and cyber threats, and on the other hand it presents us with insights that can help us to create focused awareness campaigns around safe internet practices. Telenor has taken many steps towards enabling safe internet including Child Helpline 1098 by embedding the number on SIMs. Additionally, we conduct WebWise workshops to coach students on how to be safe while being online. We have reached out to over 55,000 students and will continue to educate them, along with parents and teachers, to ensure a secure digital future.”

The Telenor India WebWise report indicates that children are extremely vulnerable to account hacking, receiving inappropriate messages, being bullied online, etc. Cyber-bullying has also emerged as one of the major threats online and often it goes undetected as children do not discuss the issue with parents or teachers.


Key findings of the survey:

•    98.8% school-going children access internet in urban areas and 49.5% of them do it from home
•    Over 43% use mobile as the medium to access internet, followed by laptop, desktop and tablets
•    Children use internet to find information for school projects, playing games, reading online books, listening to music and watching movies, social networking sites, email, etc.
•    54.8% children share their passwords with friends
•    Majority of children were willing to approach their parents in case they experience any cyber harm
•    Over 76% children are not aware of the Child Helpline 1098
•    Facebook is the most favourite platform, followed by WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram
•    Over 35% children have experienced their account being hacked while 15.74% shared that they have received inappropriate messages. 
•    15% complained of being bullied online whereas 10.41% faced humiliation through picture/video that were uploaded on Internet

After the workshop, 92.6% of the children surveyed said they will not share personal information with strangers while online whereas 89.3% said they will block suspicious persons and inform an adult in case they are bullied online.

In 2014, a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study done on behalf of the Telenor Group indicated that nearly 180 million children will access internet by 2017 in Telenor markets (13 countries) and up to 85% will use mobile devices as their point of access.  Amongst the 12 countries studied by BCG, children in India were in the highest risk category due to a combination of increased access, enabled by affordable Internet and smartphones, and lack of knowledge among parents and children on the safeguards against different types of cyber threats. To mitigate these risks, Telenor has been consistently working towards making Internet use safe among children. It is extremely important for a parent to monitor the online activities of their children and constantly educate them on internet safety by citing real life examples. Earlier this year, Telenor had also launched a Parental Guide to help parents talk to their children about internet access and solve their existing dilemmas. 

Telenor India’s WebWise Report, which includes details of Internet access habits of school children is available online here: https://www.telenor.in/about-us/p/download

 

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Telenor India to engage with 3 million students to spread awareness around life insurance

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 15, 2016: To celebrate Children’s Day, Telenor India is conducting a student outreach programme to spread awareness around life insurance among school students. Starting 15th November, Telenor along with its partners, Shriram Life and MicroEnsure, has launched a unique initiative -- Sapno Ki Udaan -- to educate students on the importance of life insurance.

 As part of this campaign, Telenor employees across all circles will distribute pencils to students and tell them about the importance of life insurance for a family. Through this unique initiative, Telenor will reach out to over 30 lakh students covering 4000 schools across 237 towns. The activity kick-started from AP & TS and M & G circle from 15th Nov and subsequently will be rolled out across rest of the circles for the whole of November month creating awareness on life insurance reaching out to different schools.

 Speaking on the initiative, Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer, Telenor India Communications said, “Given the low penetration of insurance in India, it is imperative to create awareness among mass market customers around life insurance. As a socially responsible operator, Telenor aims to extend the benefits of life insurance to them without any additional cost. Today children are the biggest influencers in a family and Sapno Ki Udaan can contribute immensely in educating their parents about the importance of being insured.”

 Manoj Jain, managing director, Shriram Life Insurance said, “Telenor India has proved to be a catalyst in our efforts to extend the benefits of life insurance to the socially weaker segment especially in rural areas. With this unique student outreach programme, we will reach to a segment of society that has avoided getting insured due to challenges like long documentation process, premium amount and uncertainty around claim settlement process. The free life insurance offer combines a traditional financial product with the reach and technology of a mobile operator to make it simple and easy for the customers.

Telenor Suraksha is a first of its kind initiative by any telecom operator in India launched last year in collaboration with Shriram Life Insurance and MicroEnsure to offer free life insurance. This was introduced for Telenor’s existing as well as potential customers across its six operating circles. Telenor Suraksha has already enrolled more than 24.5 million customers. Customers can avail the Telenor Life Insurance absolutely free by simply maintaining a minimum average recharge per month. The maximum life cover under this scheme is Rs. 50,000 per person.

The USP of Telenor Life Insurance is minimal documentation and swift settlement of claims, which is a unique and differentiated benefit to customers. More than 200 families have already been compensated under this scheme across India.  

Telenor to roll out e-KYC acro...

02/11/2016

To take customer on-boarding experience to the next level, Telenor India is implementing e-KYC based SIM activation facility a...

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Telenor to roll out e-KYC across 2000 stores

•    Telenor pilots digitization of customer verification process 
•    Rolls out e-KYC activation at 700 stores across its six circles

New Delhi, 2nd November, 2016: To take customer on-boarding experience to the next level, Telenor India is implementing e-KYC based SIM activation facility across its six circles. Telenor has successfully completed deployment of e-KYC facility at 700 stores . By end of November the company plans to extend the facilities to all its 2,000 exclusive retail outlets across circles. 

E-KYC is an electronic customer verification service and is an alternate activation process recommended by the Department of Telecom to verify a mobile subscriber’s credentials. A customer can now instantly activate a Telenor mobile connection by providing his Aadhar number followed by biometric verification at the Telenor store. Through E-KYC the SIM gets activated in a few minutes.  
 
Speaking at the launch of the e-KYC facility, Upanga Dutta, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor India said, “We are very excited about rolling out e-KYC as this heralds a new era of digitalization and is a step forward in making Digital India a reality. This is in line with our ambition of becoming the preferred partner in the digital life of our customers. In a mobile first country, e-KYC reinforces our commitment to make mobile services simple and easy by using innovative technology solutions.”
  
Telenor plans to extend the facilities to 10,000 Point of Sales and take the services to mass market customer subsequently.

The e-KYC guidelines were issued by the DoT in August and are part of its efforts to make the entire process digital and foolproof. As part of the e-KYC process, customers purchasing a new mobile connection need to submit their Aadhar number and verify their credentials through fingerprint biometrics. The details are instantly matched with the UIDAI database and after validation the connection is activated. The new process ensures confidentiality and privacy of customer information as paper documentation is eliminated. As the process does not require a tele-verification, it radically reduces the waiting time for a new connection. 

 

Telenor Group challenges 26 mi...

12/10/2016

Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants to repres...

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Telenor Group challenges 26 millennials to tackle global problems with technology

Telenor Group challenges 26 millennials to tackle global problems with technology
•    Sharad Vivek Sagar and Paridhi Rustogi to represent India at the global Telenor Youth Forum
•    Twenty-six delegates to take part in TYF program, in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center
•    Top candidates selected from footprint of more than one billion people in largest-ever global recruitment program by Telenor Group
•    Delegates to spend one year developing solutions that target global, social challenges


FORNEBU / NEW DELHI, 12TH OCTOBER 2016 – Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants to represent their countries in the fourth annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize activities. TYF is a program run by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center, with the aim to empower youth to solve social issues through technology. 

 

Sharad Vivek Sagar from Patna and Paridhi Rustogi from New Delhi will represent India at the TYF. 24-year-old Sharad Vivek Sagar is founder CEO of Dexterity Global and is a graduate in International Relations from Tufts University, Medford. Sharad was selected for his initiative to drive “Quality Education” and connects students to world class opportunities with the help of digital media. 
 

 

Paridhi Rustogi, a 21- year old environment engineer from Delhi Technological University, was selected for her passion to create awareness on “Clean Water and Sanitation”. Paridhi presented her ideas on citizen science project to monitor water quality and infrastructure using mobile phones. She also discussed the idea of gamification and augmented reality to identify and conserving water bodies in cities and target urban dwellers to earn “social karma” or water points.
 
On this occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India Communications said, “Telenor Youth Forum brings young leaders on a single global platform to engage in dialogue and share ideas to tackle global problems. It is a commitment to empower the generation of digital natives to find paths to cross border cooperation and world peace, focus on solutions that combine technology, engagement and advocacy. It is heartening to see young minds like Sagar and Paridhi being passionate about social causes and believe that the power of technology can create action and real change. I wish them best of luck for TYF and their future endeavors.”
 
The one-year TYF program begins in Oslo, Dec. 8 – 11, during Nobel Peace Prize week. The selected delegates will take part in events related to honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in addition to working in teams to design solutions to major social challenges. The year-long TYF program will consist of virtual teamwork (after the Oslo event) punctuated by a Bangkok-based meet-up in May 2017, and culminating in the unveiling of the teams’ digital exhibitions with the Nobel Peace Center in October 2017.
 
Nobel Peace Center serves as key partner for TYF
“We are excited to bring delegates from across Europe and Asia together, challenging them to become experts and solution drivers on global, social issues,” said Liv Tørres, Executive Director for the Nobel Peace Center. “At the Nobel Peace Center, we believe that by addressing social inequalities, we take one step closer to peace. Through this program we want youth to realize their potential to start change.”
 
"We believe in youth with ideas, passion and social conscience. We're optimistic about the power of technology, and we think that communication across boundaries can foster peace. At Telenor we are excited to see young minds gather to co-create with us, our experts and with our partners at the Nobel Peace Center," said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.
 
Who are the delegates?
With more than one billion people within Telenor Group’s 13-market footprint, the 26 youth who have been selected as TYF delegates represent the top talents from an enormous pool. This has amounted to the largest global recruitment process ever conducted by Telenor. More than 4,800 applications were received for the Telenor Youth Forum, and through essays, video interviews, event appearances and other screenings, the following top individuals were selected.
 
How the program works
Telenor has invited service design agency Livework to support the youth in designing solutions, and each team will be supported by an expert mentor who will guide the team throughout the year as they develop their solution.
 
From Oslo to Bangkok, TYF takes youth around the world
TYF will host a second event for the delegates in Bangkok in May 2017. This will be the first major milestone for the teams as they work to implement their solutions. The program will conclude for this batch of young people in October 2017, when Telenor and a jury of experts will evaluate the work and select a winning team that will return to Oslo in December 2017 to inspire the next round of TYF participants.
Media Contacts:
Telenor Group:
Berit Framnes         berit.framnes@telenor.com
Telenor India:
Amandeep Kaur    amandeep.kaur@telenor.in

 

Meet the delegates http://www.telenor.com/youthforum/delegates2016

Norway

Haakon Berge Wiken, 21, Bærum, Norway
 

Karoline Hjelmtvedt, 25, Tønsberg, Norway 

 

Sweden

Albert Edvin Harald Askeljung, 24, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Sara Babiker, 22, Stockholm, Sweden

Denmark

Alexander Gregaard Brandi, 28, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Hanne Borris Mathiesen, 25, Aalborg, Denmark

Hungary

Annamaria Nemeth, 26, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary

 

Zalan Zubor, 26, Budapest

Hungary

Serbia

Tamara Kojic, 25, Belgrade,

Serbia

 

Jovana Daljevic, 24, Belgrade,

Serbia

Montenegro

Bojana Minic, 25, Podgorica, Montenegro

 

Anja Drobnjak, 24, Podgorica,

Montenegro

Bulgaria

Ani Aleksandrova Koleva, 23, Bulgaria

 

Boyan Petrov, 22, Radomir, Bulgaria

Pakistan

Mehroze Munawar, 22, Karachi Pakistan

 

Sajawal Waseem, 22, Lahore Pakistan

India

Sharad Vivek Sagar, 24, Patna, India

 

Paridhi Rustogi, 21, New Delhi, India

Bangladesh

Rafsan Sabab Khan, 21, Manikganj, Bangladesh

 

Ramim Ahmed, 22, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Myanmar

Hnin Naing, 20, Yangon, Myanmar

Zaw Tu Hkawng, 26, Yangon, Myanmar

 

Thailand

Kadesiree Thossaphonpaisan, 25, Nonthaburi, Thailand

 

Pannavat Veeraburinon, 22, Parket, Thailand

Malaysia

Alina Binti Amir, 28, Selangor, Malaysia  

 

Nora Nabila Ahmad Sabri, 26, Putrajaya, Malaysia

 

 

Telenor Group asks kids and yo...

29/09/2016

Digital communications open massive opportunities to people everywhere.

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Telenor Group asks kids and youth to “Be Smart – Use Heart” online

 

•    Reaching out to 60,000 children and parents across 13 markets in one day
•    Over 10,000 students trained on safe internet practices across India
•    400 Grahak Shiksha Kendras and call centres in India trained Telenor customers around online safety

New Delhi, September 29, 2016:  Digital communications open massive opportunities to people everywhere. But as the world is at our fingertips, so are risks of unwanted attention. Today, Telenor Group puts digital resilience and online safety on the agenda as 20,000 employees reach out to children and parents to combat digital bullying.

Telenor’s own Safe Internet studies conducted in late 2015 and early 2016 found a high incidence of cyberbullying in its Asian markets, with 53% of school students in India, 49% in Bangladesh, 37% of Malaysian and 33% of Thai students having experienced either ‘being bullied or disturbed online’, ‘being bullied by the same person both online and offline’ or even having actually engaged in the act of bullying others online. 

“Digital communication and internet access create enormous opportunities for people, business and society. However, the internet does not only connect people with good intentions and this is unfortunately a reality that children can face. We believe it’s important to educate and raise awareness early on so that young people can make wise online choices and be safe online. As a global mobile and Internet provider, it is also our responsibility to address this,” said Sigve Brekke, President& CEO of Telenor Group.


To highlight the rise of digital bullying in Asia and as part of its focus on providing Safe Internet for All, Telenor Group is centering its annual day dedicated to customers around taking a stand against digital bullying. During the day, 20,000 Telenor employees in 13 countries will visit schools and public arenas to inform and engage more than 60,000 children and parents in Safe Internet use. Events in Europe and Asia range from workshops at local schools and shopping malls, to larger gatherings together with partners and celebrity Safe Internet supporters, at arenas such as Ullevål Stadium in Oslo, Tivoli in Copenhagen and Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad.  

To engage all employees, Telenor is kickstarting a Digital Relay in social media with #UseHeart, which will travel from Digi, Malaysia in the east, via Asia and Central-Europe, to Scandinavia. 

Across its Asia markets, Telenor will also be holding mass events where concerned members of the public can sign pledges against cyberbullying, as well as obtain more information on spotting the signs of this increasingly pervasive threat. 

“Digital bullying is a challenge that manifests itself in all our markets, but the awareness varies from country to country, such as in Norway, where we’ve been online for more than 20 years, to emerging markets in Asia, for example Myanmar, where internet access has only become widespread in the past two years. A common factor though is that the mobile phone has increasingly become children’s primary access point to the internet, making it harder for parents to know what their kids do online and underlining the importance of equipping children as well as parents with Safe Internet knowledge,” said Brekke. 


More information on Telenor Group’s “Be Smart – Use Heart” activities can be accessed at www.telenor.com. Parents, educators and all customers alike are also encouraged to read Telenor Group’s Safe Internet guidebook for parents: How to talk to your children about the Internet - A Parental Guide, which elaborates on how parents should talk to their children about responsible Internet use. 

Four young Indian social innov...

27/09/2016

Four young and dynamic social innovators from India have been short listed for the Telenor Youth Forum 2016

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Four young Indian social innovators shortlisted for Telenor Youth Forum 2016


 
·         Top 4 finalists selected from over 325 strong applications across the country   
·         This is the 4th edition of TYF in India with global theme of ‘Digitalization for peace’
·         TYF offers a global platform for young opinion leaders to connect and share ideas for a better digital future
 
 

NEW DELHI, 26th September 2016: Four young and dynamic social innovators from India have been short listed for the Telenor Youth Forum 2016. Sharad Vivek Sagar, Omang Agarwal, Paridhi Rustogi and Nandini Maheshwari were selected by a distinguished jury to compete for the final two who will represent the country at #TYF2016 in Oslo, Norway. The four finalists exhibited extreme dedication and passion in chasing their dreams and bringing a positive change in the society by using digital solutions.
 
 The jury comprised of His Excellency Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Ambassador of Norway to India; Mr. Rishi Raj, Executive Editor, The Financial Express; Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj; Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India and Mr. Quazi Mohammad Shahed, CHRO, Telenor India.
 
 On this occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India said, “Telenor Youth Forum is a platform that seeks young leaders to help transform the world we live in by tackling social challenges through digital solutions. The Forum offers a global stage and opportunities for delegates to present their perspectives on inclusive growth and change, and participate in insightful dialogue. This year we got more than 325 applications from all over the country and they all had unique ideas to achieve the common goal for peace through digitization. 
 
“We will continue to engage with the youth to discuss and explore how Telenor and mobile technology can empower the digital lives of common people. I congratulate the India finalists of Telenor Youth Forum and wish them best of luck for future endeavors,” Sharad added.
 
The finalists have been shortlisted for their innovative and path breaking ideas on topics such as “Quality Education”, Clean Water & Sanitation, Peace, Justice and Social Institution which are a part of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme for #TYF2016 is “Digitalization for Peace” basis which entries were invited from all over India in August 2016 and the 4 finalists were selected after intense competition and challenging rounds. 
The selection was done basis applications submitted along with video bytes sent explaining their projects and final presentations done in front of eminent jury members. These shortlisted participants will go through another round of assessment by a global jury. They will select the final two who will represent India at the Telenor Youth Forum Finals scheduled in December at Oslo, Norway. The event runs in partnership with the Nobel Peace Centre, and brings together young leaders from Telenor’s 13 business units to collaborate as teams around the social challenges.
 
The selected TYF delegates will commit to the program for one year, over the course of which they will work as a team to create dialogue and engagement around a social challenge. They will work in collaboration across boundaries – real or imagined, physical or mental – with the overall aim to foster understanding, prosperity and ultimately, peace.
 
They will meet again in May 2017, in Bangkok, to continue their journey. The culmination of their commitment to the program will be the unveiling of a digital exhibition in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Centre in Autumn 2017. The aim will be to deliver on a solution that they believe best addresses the social challenge, as well as to work alongside the Nobel Peace Centre to create an exhibition documenting the work of the teams, the social challenges faced and the progress made.
 
 Finalists and their ideas:

 Sharad Vivek Sagar, a 24 year old Founder and CEO of Dexterity Global is a graduate in International Relations from Tufts University, Medford. Sharad was selected for his initiative to drive “Quality Education”. His innovative social enterprise- Dexterity Global, is empowering the next generation of leaders through educational opportunities. It connect students to world class opportunities with the help of digital media. 
 
Omang Agarwal, a 20-year old Political Science graduate from Delhi University was selected for his ideas around “peace, justice and building strong institutions”. He presented his app “Gufatgu” which would help in building peace between India and Pakistan by connecting youth and others and sharing stories to tackle existing thaw in relations through digital forum.
 
Paridhi Rustogi, a 21- year old environment engineer from Delhi Technological University was selected for her passion to create awareness on “Clean Water and Sanitation”. She presented her ideas on citizen science project to  monitor  water  quality  and infrastructure using mobile phones, at the same time she discussed the idea of gamification and augmented reality to identify and conserving water bodies in cities and target urban dwellers to earn “social karma” or water points.
 
Nandini Maheshwari, a 22 year Applied Psychology graduate from Gargi College, Delhi University was selected for her ideas around providing quality education through her app “AVSAR”. The app includes NCERT lecture/ test/ gamification/google classrooms to help both students and teachers to assess and develop grow knowledge.
 
Last year, Kaarika Das and Abhishek Kaushal represented the country at TYF in Oslo. Kaarika was selected for her app ‘Teleshiksha’ that provides a social platform to enable collaborative sharing of educational video courses. Abhishek was selected for his presentation on how Internet facilitates behavioural medicine through digital therapeutics.

 

 

 

Telenor Group survey: India’...

22/09/2016

Telenor Group today released the results of a pilot online survey across six nations in Asia, including India, assessing millennial...

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Telenor Group survey: India’s millennials assess future careers, digital technology impact and robotic replacement risk

 

Six-nation online survey reveals India’s youth are ‘excited’ for future digital job prospects but still prioritize human-centered skills when it comes to workplaces of 2020

(NEW DELHI/OSLO) 22nd September, 2016 – Telenor Group today released the results of a pilot online survey across six nations in Asia, including India, assessing millennials’ attitudes about their future career, technology’s impact and the skills they need to be best prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. The results indicate that the nation’s young adults see the importance of technology in their vocational paths, yet believe that career success requires both technical and human skills, even if results show that 100% of respondents think robots in the workplace will be a part of our future.

“With the second highest number of Internet users in the world, India is fast emerging as a digital powerhouse of the world. This survey gives us an interesting perspective on how technology is impacting our youth in their careers and jobs. As a brand that resonates well with the young population of the country, Telenor is committed to participate to make the proliferation of Internet more inclusive and beneficial for the masses, and meaningfully contribute to ensure that we are the preferred partner in the digital life of our customers as they explore tech driven future job prospects,” says Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer, Telenor India Communications. 

The multi-market ‘Jobs of the Future’ survey obtained 4,200 respondents aged between 15 to 25, in India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan. It was conducted via targeting through the Telenor Group Facebook with a sample size of 700 secondary school, or university students per market used in the results analysis. 

“Our Facebook channel reaches an active, young – and largely Asian – following, so we felt that this would be a great place to pilot such a survey,” said Sheena Lim, Director of Social Media, Telenor Group. “We thought this would combine the fun, engaging side of social media surveys with potentially interesting insights into Asian youth attitudes on technology and their future careers.”

India’s youth: Digital technology key to future careers 
In India, 66% of millennials said they were ‘excited’ about future opportunities in the internet and digital sectors, with the largest majority (34%) saying they were ‘extremely excited.’  Also, 57% of Indian youth also said that mobile/internet technology will be ‘important’ in their career by 2020, mirroring the average of 63% of youth aggregated in all six nations. Indicating just how significant youth in India think it is, only three percent said that technology is ‘not really important’ for their future. 

Build human skills, too
The surveyed youth in all but one of the countries agreed that non-technical skills will also be important for jobs of the future. The highest numbers of Indian (36%), Bangladeshi (34%) and Pakistani (37%) youth maintained that the most significant skills for a great future job will be the ‘ability to inspire others, and leadership capability.’ More than one in four of the surveyed Singaporean youth regard ‘people management and emotional intelligence’ (27%). Nearly one in three Myanmar youth leaned 

towards ‘creativity, cognitive flexibility’ (29%). The standout in this category was Malaysia, where 24% of the surveyed stated that tech-related ‘mobile and web development, and super coding skills,’ were the most important. The skills that Indian millennials rated as the least important future job skills are: data analysis, research and interpretation (12%). 

Robots will replace humans in many future professions
All of the Indian youth surveyed agreed that robots will replace humans in many future professions, as did all the participating countries. On which jobs robots would most likely replace humans in, 38% of Indian respondents predicted that the manufacturing and engineering industries would see the most machine takeovers. 

Fascinatingly, 22% of locals say that the proliferation of robots will not affect them much and 9% would like to be the ones that design these robots. The other surveyed nations were united with this sentiment that robots will replace humans, with Malaysia and Bangladesh (both 44%), forty-one percent of surveyed in Myanmar agreed, followed by 38% in Singapore and 34% in Pakistan. 


What Asia’s youth think they bring to the career table
When youth were asked to describe the qualities that best encapsulate themselves as young thinkers and students, the most in India (24%) and Myanmar (30%) stated they were ‘highly creative, intuitive thinkers.’  Whereas the youth in Bangladesh (26%), Singapore (32%) and Malaysia (24%) chose to say they were ‘compassionate with a sense of justice and a desire to protect.’ The largest group in Pakistan (24%) described themselves as armed with ‘strategic vision and big-picture mindsets. ’ On the contrary, Indian respondents (14%) were least likely to say they were equipped with ‘mathematical prowess and advanced analytical skills,’ as were those in Myanmar (13%) and Bangladesh (14%).

Hungry for technology and human connections
India’s millennials also appeared enthusiastic for a technology-driven future. Youth in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar all agreed with the statement: ‘It’s important to understand all kinds of technology – I want to know as much as I can !,’ with Myanmar topping the scale at 34% of respondents, and India at 32%. Singapore and Malaysia admire the human aspects of technology; with 31% of Singaporeans and 28% of Malaysians saying that the best thing about the internet is that it ‘connects us to all kinds of people and ideas.’  

“It’s fascinating to see that young adults not only revere technology and the opportunities it presents them, but also see themselves as ‘compassionate’, and ‘highly creative’. The fact they are aligned in not only believing that technology and the internet are crucial for their careers, but that they are excited about this, is very motivating to us. They reflect the way Telenor Group views Asia—as a vibrant region with talented and promising youth who look to make meaningful contributions in their jobs of the future,” said Yasu Sato, Head of Digital Capabilities, People Development, Telenor Group.  

Non availability of mobile Int...

19/09/2016

Non availability of mobile Internet services in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh 

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh until 1000 hours on Tuesday, 20th September 2016. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Non availability of mobile Int...

15/09/2016

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Mahisagar-Lunavada in district of Mahisagar-Lunavad of Gujarat

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Mahisagar-Lunavada in district of Mahisagar-Lunavad of Gujarat between 0600 hours until 2400 hours on Thursday, 15th September 2016. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Non availability of mobile Int...

11/09/2016

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Panchmahal Godhra district of Gujarat

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Panchmahal Godhra district of Gujarat between 0600 hours until 2000 hours on Sunday, 11th September 2016. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected

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27/08/2016

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Siwan district of Bihar un...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Siwan district of Bihar

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Siwan district of Bihar until 2000 hours on Saturday, 27th August. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Non availability of mobile Int...

25/08/2016

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Gopalganj district of Biha...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Gopalganj district of Bihar

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Gopalganj district of Bihar until 1400 hours on Thursday, 25th August. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected.

Telenor Youth Forum Recruitmen...

10/08/2016

Starting today, talented youth living in India can now apply for the annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF).

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Telenor Youth Forum Recruitment officially opens in India

Telenor Youth Forum Recruitment officially opens in India
•    TYF 2016 calls youth to join us in the journey for “Digitalization for Peace”
•    Two winners to represent India at the global forum in Oslo, Norway
•    Offers a global platform for young opinion leaders to connect and share ideas for a better digital future

NEW DELHI, 10TH AUGUST, 2016:  Starting today, talented youth living in India can now apply for the annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF). This event, run in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center, brings together young leaders from Telenor’s 13 markets to tackle social challenges through the use of digital solutions.
The Telenor Youth Forum is a year-long commitment that begins in Oslo from December 8-11, 2016, and is timed to coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize festivities. The young delegates will work in teams on their assigned challenges, aiming to create engagement, awareness, understanding and ultimately peace. They will meet again in May 2017, in Bangkok, to continue their journey. The culmination of their commitment to the program will be the unveiling of a digital exhibition in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center in autumn 2017.  
“For a young person today, this is really an amazing opportunity to make an impact on the world. Working with the Nobel Peace Center and one of the world’s largest telecom companies means that you have the unique ability to create change. We are now seeking talented and passionate people who are interested in working with other young leaders from Europe and Asia, and who believe that technology can be a key ingredient in the recipe for peace. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply,” says Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor (India) Communications.
The TYF delegates will spend one year working with their teams to deliver on the project plans. They will meet twice physically and collaborate virtually when back in their home countries. Their aim will be to deliver on the solution that they believe best addresses their social challenge, as well as to work alongside the Nobel Peace Center to create an exhibition of the social issue that they tackled.
This is the fourth edition of Telenor Youth Forum in India. Last year Kaarika Das and Abhishek Kaushal represented the country at TYF in Oslo. Kaarika was selected for her app ‘Teleshiksha’ that provides a social platform to enable collaborative sharing of educational video courses. Abhishek was selected for his presentation on how Internet facilitates behavioural medicine through digital therapeutics.
To learn more about TYF 2016, please visit our website. www.telenor.com/youthforum
Apply now: www.telenor.com/youthforum/application-requirements/
Join the conversation on Facebook/TelenorYouthForum/?fref=nf
TYF Candidate Selection Criteria:
•    Between 20 and 28 years of age in 2016;
•    Fluent in English;
•    A permanent resident in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Norway, Pakistan, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand;
•    Passionate about driving social, economic and/or environmental change in your community with some proven experience;
•    Attending university or have completed higher education;
•    Someone with big ideas and a desire to make a difference.

 

Non availability of mobile Int...

10/08/2016

On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Saran, Siwan, Gopalganj and Vaishali districts of Bihar

“On the order of the district administration, Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Saran, Siwan and Gopalganj districts of Bihar between ‪1600 hours on Friday, 5th August and ‪until 1800 hours on Wednesday, 10th August. In Vaishali district Internet services will not be available till 1150 hours on August 10th. Voice and SMS services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected."

Telenor launches Mobile Connec...

22/07/2016

Joins hand with other operators to make the mobile authentication solution commercially available across India

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Telenor launches Mobile Connect on its website

 

•    Joins hand with other operators to make the mobile authentication solution commercially available across India
•    GSMA’s Mobile Connect to provide easy and simple authentication services to over 800 million consumers


•    19 July 2016, New Delhi: At an event held in New Delhi today, Telenor announced the launch of GSMA’s Mobile Connect mobile-based authentication solution on its website www.telenor.in. The announcement came in the backdrop of GSMA making available the mobile authentication services to more than 800 million consumers across India. Apart from Telenor India, Mobile Connect services will be also offered by Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone.


•    Speaking at the Mobile Connect launch, Upanga Dutta, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor (India) Communications said, “We need to make the journey of our customers in the digital space easy and seamless without having to remember multiple passwords and usernames. With Mobile Connect we are becoming more relevant to our customers and helping them stay safe as their mobile number becomes their online identity. This is a big step towards enhancing their overall experience.”


•    “This mobile identity also works on feature phones which will enable our mass market customers to have a chance to access the digital space easily and overcome the fear and hassle of creating email accounts and remembering passwords that has till now been a requirement in the digital ecosystem,” Upanga added.


•    The launch event was attended by Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA and representatives from India’s leading mobile operators including Anupam Vasudev, CMO, Aircel; Srikanth Balachandran, Global CHRO, Bharti Airtel; Sashi Shankar, CMO, Idea Cellular; Sunil Tandon, Head Non Voice Services, Tata Teleservices; Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor and Sunil Sood, CEO, Vodafone. Executives from the first digital service providers launching Mobile Connect including Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice-Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, and Anshuman Bapna, Chief Product Officer, MakeMyTrip also participated. The panel discussed the need for Mobile Connect, how it will benefit consumers across India and how it will contribute to Digital India.


•    “India is already the world’s second-largest mobile market2 and as the country enters a new phase of mobile industry growth that will unlock far-reaching social and economic benefits, it is critical that consumer security is ensured at all times,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “Today’s launch marks the culmination of a year-long collaboration amongst the Indian MNOs to deliver a single, intuitive and secure mobile-based authentication solution that enables hundreds of millions of consumers to safely and seamlessly access online services on their mobile devices without worrying about privacy or passwords. We are proud to be celebrating this significant milestone here today.”


•    The Indian operators’ launch of Mobile Connect extends the global momentum behind the solution; today, 42 operators in 22 countries around the world are implementing Mobile Connect, making it available to nearly 3 billion customers. The GSMA’s Mobile Connect solution enables customers to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single login. The service simply and securely authenticates users, enabling them to digitally confirm their identity and their credentials and grant safe online access to mobile and digital services. Mobile Connect works by employing the user’s unique mobile number, combined with a unique PIN for more secure use cases, to verify and grant online access.


•    As Mobile Connect is rolled out in India, it will be commercially used by a wide range of digital service providers including GaneshaSpeaks, GoIbibo, Trupay, Twigly, Zee Digital Group and Zomato, covering areas such as commerce, finance and banking, health services, media and entertainment and travel and hospitality. Additionally, business-to-business Mobile Connect services have been deployed by BuyHatke and Times Mobile Ltd., enabled by mXpresso and will help to prevent fraud installations and fake application downloads. Apigee and WSO2.Telco have provided technology to easily integrate Mobile Connect with the operators' networks, so that users of any mobile network offering Mobile Connect can log in and be authorised for any application.


•    Indian mobile subscribers will initially be able to access Mobile Connect services, including login and self-care apps, from their operator’s website and in the future, anywhere they see the Mobile Connect logo. In addition to the operators’ websites, the GSMA has launched a portal (www.mobileconnect.in) where Indian consumers can find further information on Mobile Connect and tutorials on how they can use it.


•    Granryd concluded “With Mobile Connect, mobile operators are fulfilling an important role in the digital identity space, giving users control over their own data and enabling Indian consumers, businesses and governments alike to interact and access online services in a convenient, private, and trusted environment.”

 

Telenor India appoints Anil Ku...

Telenor India today announced the appointment of Anil Kumar as the Circle Business Head (CBH) of UP-West. He has been associated with Telenor since...

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Telenor India appoints Anil Kumar as Circle Business Head for UP-West circle

AGRA, 20TH JULY 2016: Telenor India today announced the appointment of Anil Kumar as the Circle Business Head (CBH) of UP-West. He has been associated with Telenor since 2009 in various roles at Circle and Corporate Office and was instrumental in setting up Telenor operations in India.

Anil Kumar has more than 19 Years of experience in handling sales, marketing and distribution functions in varied industry sectors like telecom and consumer durables. He will take over from Satish Kumar Kannan, the current Circle Business Head of UP West.

Announcing the appointment, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India said, "Anil is a seasoned sales professional and a competent leader. I am confident of his strong business understanding and leadership capability in delivering positive results and growth. Together with the team at UPW, he will make the circle the best on target contribution and engagement.”

On the appointment, Anil Kumar, Circle Business Head-UPW, Telenor India said, “At Telenor, I have always been given challenging and break through assignments that have helped me contribute to my growth and development. With such a passionate and committed team, I am confident of achieving the next phase of growth in business through our well- established value proposition of offering affordable and value-for-money services, which are loved by our customers. I look forward to this new opportunity of working collaboratively with the UP West team in delivering growth and engagement.”

Before taking over as the Circle Business Head of UP West, Anil was responsible for handling the sales and distribution for Telenor India. Prior to this, he was the S&D Head for M&G circle where he contributed to the business growth immensely. He has rich experience in telecom industry working in similar roles with organisations like Idea Cellular, Hutchison (Vodafone) Essar Cellular and Reliance Communications among others.

Anil is an Economics graduate from Ness Wadia College in Pune and holds an MBA degree in Marketing & MBA(systems) from University of Pune.

The change in leadership will be effective 20th July 2016.

Telenor India employees give a...


Uses features of Facebook to connect internally with 36000 people across the world

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Telenor India employees give a thumps up to Facebook at Work

 

Uses features of Facebook to connect internally with 36000 people across the world

FB@Work emerges as an effective and more interactive platform than old Intranet portals

Engagement seen highest for discussion on innovation, online contests and polls, news updates, comic strip story narrations and latest technology updates


NEW DELHI, 7TH JULY 2016: As part of its efforts to inculcate positive digital habits among its employees, Telenor India has introduced an innovative way to improve engagement and promote collaboration among teams. In March this year, the company became the first telecom operator to launch Facebook at Work. And within 60 days of introducing it globally Telenor India has 75% of its employees collaborating and interacting on the social media platform.

Facebook at Work is an enterprise offering from Facebook that allows users to connect with their colleagues, see newsfeed, comment and share posts, create groups and chat using Work Chat. The access is managed by the organization and if an employee leaves, the login ceases to work and hence, the corporate data stay safe. Telenor was among the first 450 companies to roll out FB@work from over 60,000 companies who had signed up for the pilot last year.

“By adopting Facebook at Work, we are meaningfully integrating social networking behaviour of our employees to share information and encourage cross functional and cross border discussion and collaboration. This is part of our digital journey and uses social media as a productivity tool. While we strive to become the preferred partner in the digital life of our customers, we also realise that unless we change our mindset internally we will not be able to make the transition,” said Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer, Telenor (India) Communications.

Telenor India has moved most of its employee engagement and communication to Facebook at Work. It can be used to spread awareness around hot topics and update employees on company activities. It bridges the gap between employees and senior leadership team and, most importantly, being a two-way communication channel, it enables the top management to get direct feedback and  understand employee needs better. Telenor has been using various features and innovating to create and launch interesting campaigns for its employees. Few initiatives such as Manthan (on social issues), Tring tring (Comic strip) and #GeekOut (technology related information) have successfully started employee engagement and have seen high participation levels. 

“Facebook at Work removes hierarchies to connect employees across levels fostering an open and transparent dialogue. It is a state-of-the-art tool for knowledge sharing, collaboration and teamwork. This new tool has created a more connected Telenor resulting in quick exchange of best practices, sharing of creative pursuits and more constructive engagement with multi-location teams for guidance on complex issues. As most of us are on Facebook, it is very intuitive to adapt FB@Work features and start sharing,” said Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer and Social Responsibility Head, Telenor (India) Communications.

Within Telenor Group, Facebook at Work is available to over 36,000 of its employees spread across 13 business units in Europe and Asia. With this new internal social media platform, the company has taken its principles of open office and transparent communication to a new level. 

Telenor India Supports ‘Stop...

Pledges to educate about online intimidation to address rising cyberbullying levels in India

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Telenor India Supports ‘Stop Cyberbullying Day 2016’

 

Pledges to educate about online intimidation to address rising cyberbullying levels in India

(New Delhi) 17 June 2016 – Telenor India and Telenor Group today reinforced their internet safety goals with support for Stop Cyberbullying Day 2016, an international awareness day that aims to reduce cyberbullying globally. With an estimated half billion youth in Telenor Asia’s markets of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand accessing the internet for the first time in the next five years, Telenor hopes to educate young users on the benefits of connectivity, as well as how to navigate online threats.

Cyberbullying refers to electronic communication used for the purpose of bullying. With 92% of parents in India fearful that their children will be cyberbullying victims, education is becoming increasingly key to mitigate growing online abuses rates. Launched by Cybersmile Foundation, Stop Cyberbullying Day utilizes social media to spread an anti-cyberbullying message with the #SCD2016 hashtag. In 2015, the movement engaged 45 million people, and this year Telenor hopes to help them exceed that number.

“Telenor is dedicated to increasing internet safety for all, with an emphasis on youth,” said Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India. “Stop Cyberbullying Day 2016 is a progressive initiative that seeks to address online bullying. With an estimated 100 million young people to come online in Telenor’s Asia markets by 2017, creating awareness around this topic is an important part of our efforts to actively reduce cyberbullying levels.

Cyberbullying Statistics by Country
India
By 2017, 134 million children in India will be ‪‎online,‬ giving them access to a well of information and knowledge. Yet, more than half of children between the ages of 8 to 17 years (53%) who are currently utilizing the net, have faced some form of cyberbullying at least once. As a result, parents in India fear online bullying more than physical bullying when it comes to their children and compared to the global average, Indian parents are 20% more likely to limit their child’s online activities.

Bangladesh
A sizeable 49% of school students in Bangladesh have experienced either ‘being bullied or disturbed online,’ ‘being bullied by the same person both online and offline’ or have actually engaged in bullying others online. The same percentage said they submitted to at least one form of peer pressure.

While less than half of Bangladeshi school students choosing to confide in parents and teachers when faced with online issues, the country sees a lower than average rate of consultation with adults compared to other markets in Asia.

Malaysia
Internet usage by schoolchildren in all states in Malaysia is more than 90% on average. One in four report having exprienced cyberbullying, however a 2015 study revealed that the majority of Malaysian schoolchildren are aware that such behaviours can be identified and reported. In the face of online threats by peers, most Malaysian children are likely to adopt a privacy setting or blocking strategies, and are aware of the channels to report to teachers or relevant authorities. Nonetheless, there is a high likelihood that many youngsters will keep quiet and hope the cyberbullying will stop, rather than consult a trusted adult.

Malaysian students also ranked highly in terms of being aware of what constitutes socially acceptable behaviors on the internet and are open to following online rules set by parents. Overall, 67% said they felt able to improve or solve any cyberbullying problems themselves or with adult help. This higher percentage could be attributed to consistent efforts to increase internet safety awareness among Malaysian school students, including DiGi’s CyberSAFE programme.

Thailand 
Overall, 33% of Thai school students have experienced either ‘being bullied or disturbed online,’ ‘being bullied by the same person both online and offline’ or they have actually engaged in the act of bullying others online. Additionally, 35% of Thai students have said they succumbed to at least one form of peer pressure such as being encouraged to visit unsuitable websites or use bad language online.

Of the Thai students encountering cyberbullying and online peer pressure, 59% responded that they felt capable of resolving such issues by themselves or with adult guidance. Notable was the level of students in Thailand who said when faced with online issues that they do not know how to solve alone: 55% said they were likely to approach their parents, far higher than Bangladesh at 38% saying they would consult their guardians. By frequently consulting with parents, children can better navigate the challenges of interactions online.

The Online World is Still Real
Be Smart Use Heart is Telenor’s symbol for initiatives across its global markets directed towards school-age children and their parents addressing cyberbullying. The programs provide information and tools to help children and parents cope with bullying online and address linked issues such as how to stay safe online and how to keep a mobile device secure.

For more information on how to make the internet a safer environment for youth, Telenor Group provides a Parent Guide: How to talk to your children about the internet.

To read about Stop Cyber bullying Day please visit:
https://www.cybersmile.org/stop-cyberbullying-day.
http://www.bgr.in/news/92-indian-parents-fear-cyber-bullying-risk-for-kids-report/

 

Telenor’s night Internet pac...

Telenor India launched first-of-its kind night data packs with a special feature of avoiding bill shocks and enabled

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Telenor’s night Internet packs offer uninterrupted and convenient data experience

•    Innovative offer to avoid bill shock after the allocated data benefits get over
•    Integrates Smart Offline feature to allow night pack users to save videos overnight

NEW DELHI, JUNE 16, 2016: Telenor India launched first-of-its kind night data packs with a special feature of avoiding bill shocks and enabled scheduling feature to offer easy video saving options without having to stay up at night. 
Strengthening Telenor India’s commitment to offer affordable products and superior value to its customers, the company launched exclusive night data packs starting from Rs 2 to Rs 48 with validity ranging from 1 to 28 days in its six operating circles. These packs are valid for usage between 11 PM and 7 AM, and offers data benefits up to 1 GB.

The night packs have an inbuilt feature to prevent any bill shock to the customers. While the downloading or browsing will continue uninterrupted even after the allocated free quota of data is exhausted, the user will be charged maximum of Rs 5 per day at a pulse rate of 2 paisa/20 Kb of data. After this the user can access unlimited data till 7 AM in the morning.

Unveiling the innovative product, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor (India) Communications said, “Telenor has a vision to extend the benefits of Internet for all through affordable, easy to use and relevant products. Innovative products like the night pack not only makes data access affordable but also gives subscribers control over their usage. With packs like these we are committed to deliver better quality service experience to all our subscribers on our new modernised network.

Currently around 24% of Telenor India subscribers use data services on their mobile devices and we expect this to grow to over 50% by 2017.

According to recent research reports* video and audio accounted for almost 50% of Internet traffic in 2015. This number will grow up to 80% by 2020. To ensure that Internet subscribers enjoy a buffer-free experience during periods of low or no connectivity, Telenor has designed this innovative product.

A subscriber availing the night pack can save videos overnight through Smart Offline integration feature.

We have seen that increasingly subscribers are downloading content from Internet including videos at night as the network is relatively less congested. With the night data packs, we are making data usage simple to understand. By provisioning a bill shock prevention mechanism, we are bringing higher transparency in the tariff plans for our customers while ensuring freedom to consume content like videos at their own convenience,” said Amaresh Kumar, Chief Product Officer, Telenor India.

Telenor subscribers can avail these offers at all the retail outlets, selling Telenor products or by dialling *222*7*(pack price)#. These packs are also available on the Telenor App and website www.telenor.in

According to data published by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India the Internet penetration in the country is around 26% and there were 312 million wireless data users. Industry estimates indicate that Indian internet traffic is set to rise more than four-fold by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 34% from 2015. The massive growth is expected to be driven by more than 600 million new internet users and combination of factors including increasing mobile access, wi-fi expansion and demand for video services.

Telenor’s Free Life Insuranc...

The innovative approach of Telenor India to integrate mobile technology with a life insurance product to secure lives of the mass market

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Telenor’s Free Life Insurance scheme recognised at EFMA and Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2016

•    Telenor Suraksha judged Best Disruptive Product or Service in insurance category 
•    Only mobile operator among financial companies to showcase a mass market innovation
•    Applauded for integrating mobile technology with a financial product
•    Competed alongside 225 innovations of 149 institutions from 38 countries

NEW DELHI, 13th JUNE 2016: The innovative approach of Telenor India to integrate mobile technology with a life insurance product to secure lives of the mass market consumer has been recognized at a global platform. Telenor Suraksha, an industry first initiative to offer free life insurance to all customers, bagged the award in ‘Best Disruptive Product or Service’ category at the first edition of the prestigious Efma and Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards event held at Milan last week. 
Telenor India competed with financial services companies in the category and was the only mobile telecom operator to be applauded for its proactive approach in transforming the insurance sector by integrating it into the telecom sector. Telenor Suraksha, the free life insurance scheme by Telenor India, was launched in October last year as part of Telenor’s new brand strategy in India. Telenor committed to offer not only affordable voice and Internet services but also give more value through simple to understand and easy to subscribe offers. By combining mobile technology with an insurance product, Telenor has extended financial security net to a segment that has traditionally stayed away from a insurance product due to various challenges.  

“This is a proud moment for Telenor India team. The award is recognition of Telenor’s commitment to extend the benefits of mobile technology to enrich the lives of our consumers. The free insurance scheme enables us to offer added value in every transaction through recharges that guarantee a life insurance commitment. This award further motivates us to keep driving the agenda of offering superior value to customers and to contribute significantly to the government’s agenda of financial inclusion in the mass market that we serve”, said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications.
In Telenor Suraksha, the customers’ needs to just give consent to get enrolled in the scheme and he gets an insurance cover of 100 times his monthly recharge value. In case of an unfortunate demise of a subscriber, the company promises of an easy, quick and hassle free claim settlement. Currently, more than 23 million Telenor subscribers have enrolled for the scheme. 
The winners of Efma and Accenture Innovation in Insurance Award were selected based on votes of a panel of judges comprising exclusively of senior executives from the insurance industry and online votes from Efma members. 

About The Awards:
Efma, an association of 3,300 retail financial services companies in more than 130 countries, and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) have announced the winners of their first annual Innovation in Insurance Awards. The program, jointly launched by Efma and Accenture, seeks to reward and foster innovation in the industry, and recognizes the most innovative insurance initiatives and projects around the world. More than 149 institutions from 38 countries submitted 225 innovations within five categories: Customer Experience & Engagement; Claims Management; Digital & Omni-channel Distribution; Best Disruptive Product or Service; and Global Insurance Innovator.

To learn more about the award-winning innovations, visit www.efma.com/innovationininsurance

Telenor India Completes Larges...

Sets new record by swapping over 10000 base stations in six months

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Telenor India Completes Largest Commercial Deployment Of Huawei Blade Site Solution

Sets new record by swapping over 10000 base stations in six months

NEW DELHI, JUNE 07, 2016: Telenor has completed the largest commercial deployment of Huawei’s Blade Site wireless base-station solution in India. Between November 2015 to April 2016, more than 10000 new sites were installed across Telenor’s six circles with the solution. This is the fastest ever deployment of the blade site solution in the country.

Telenor India selected Huawei Blade Site Solution to be future ready and meet the growing demand for improved voice and data services from its customers. Telenor currently has 52.4 million subscribers. The new network can support latest mobile technology including 4G / LTE services to deliver high speed Internet.

Commenting on the milestone, Tanveer Mohammad, chief operating officer, Telenor (India) Communications said, “Telenor is committed to extend benefits of affordable mobile broadband network to enrich lives of our customers. By deploying Huawei Blade Site solution we have not only accelerated the speed of installation of a new network but also increased coverage and improved network quality experience within the available resources. The swapped sites have shown higher spectral and power efficiencies that has helped us reduce our operational expense."
 
The Huawei Blade Site solution is based on deep understanding of customer requirements. It supports flexible combinations of Baseband Unit (BBU), Radio Frequency (RF) and power modules, provides Global System for Mobile (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and LTE three-mode concurrent operations, delivering operators an effective solution to deploy at complex sites. A multi-band multi-RAT wireless base station has become the standard for network construction, and the Huawei Blade Site solution efficiently utilizes the limited site footprint to enhance network capacity, providing users with a better mobile broadband experience and help Telenor build a more valuable mobile broadband network. 

"Huawei and Telenor Group will build on our strategic partnership to achieve greater business success through the scaled commercial deployment of Blade Site solution,” said Sun Fuyou, President, Huawei Southeast Asia region.  “Blade Site solutions help operators to access site resources easily, improve the user experience and achieve commercial success. Huawei will always focus on customer strategy and pain points to help customers achieve greater success."
 

                    Blade Family realize “0” footprint deployment

Huawei’s Blade Site solution has already seen large-scale commercial deployment in markets around  the world. As of Q1 2016, the Blade Site solution has been successfully deployed in 90 commercial networks in 40 countries.

Telenor India launches Tatkal ...

In another customer centric move, Telenor India today launched Tatkal Credit, an emergency recharge credit facility

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Telenor India launches Tatkal Credit facility for instant recharge


•    First ever instant credit service with real-time monitoring of phone balance
•    Customers to get alerts if their balance goes below Rs 1.5
•    Instant credit of Rs 5 to give options of using talk time, minutes or data

KANPUR, JUNE 03, 2016: In another customer centric move, Telenor India today launched Tatkal Credit, an emergency recharge credit facility for customers in its six operating circles. As part of this innovative product, Telenor subscribers can avail a quick loan of Rs 5 in case their phone balance falls below Rs 1.50. The credit balance can be used as talk time, 10 local / STD minutes or 20 MB of data browsing.

Tatkal Credit Highlights

Talk time: Rs 5

Minutes: 10 (Local / STD)

Internet Usage : 20 MB

To Avail : Type USSD Code *141#

Flash Message to customers when balance less goes below Rs 1.50

Speaking at the launch of the Tatkal Credit offer, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor (India) Communications said, “Telenor is loved by customers for its affordable and value-for-money services. We strive to delight them by offering easy-to-use products, and simple-to-understand and transparent tariff plans. Tatkal Credit is an initiative by Telenor to ensure that our mass market subscribers are never out of recharge and are always connected. We will continue to innovate and design relevant services to make our customer’s ‘life full paisa vasool’.”

In India a lot of calls are rejected or are not initiated due to low balance. In an industry first initiative, Telenor India will monitor the phone balance of its subscribers in real time. Customers will get an alert message if their balance goes below Rs 1.5 and will be prompted to recharge or opt for Tatkal Credit.

By dialling USSD code *141# or by simply calling 121 Telenor customers can avail an instant credit of Rs 5. The credit amount along with a transaction fee of Re 1 will be adjusted against the next top-up. Customers can avail this offer multiple times in a day after repayment of the previous credit in subsequent top-ups.

KC Narendran, Circle Business Head, UP East, Telenor (India) Communications said, “A lot of customers remain unaware of the low balance in their phone and are susceptible to challenges in emergency situations. By sending them alerts and by extending Tatkal Credit, we make sure that our subscribers are never left stranded. Such relevant products will improve customer engagement and increase consumption of mobile services that will enrich their lives as we together step into the digital era.”

Telenor India has partnered with mCarbon to evaluate and send alerts to customers about their low phone balance. As part of the network modernisation programme, Telenor has deployed state-of-the-art business analytics software for better customer life cycle management and offer them relevant voice and data services. Along with a future ready network, Telenor customers can now enjoy the best digital services.

Non availability of mobile Int...

Non availability of mobile Internet services in Tehsil of Roorkee & Laksar - District Haridwar

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in Tehsil of Roorkee & Laksar - District Haridwar

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in Tehsil of Roorkee and Laksar - District Haridwar until 18:00 hours ‪on Thursday 2nd June. Voice services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected

Non availability of mobile Int...

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in District of Azamgarh in UP East&nbs...

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Non availability of mobile Internet services in District of Azamgarh

On the order of the district administration, mobile Internet services of Telenor India will not be available in District of Azamgarh in UP East between 14:00 hours on Monday 16th May and until 24:00 hours on Wednesday 18th May. Voice services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected

Five Young Innovators To Repre...

The answers to some of the most daunting challenges facing Asia’s young population may be found by the youth themselves.

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Five Young Innovators To Represent India At Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016

•    Telenor’s global thought leadership forum comes to Asia for the first time
•    Reiterates commitment to empower the generation of digital natives
•    To engage tech-savvy youth to address challenges facing their peers in Asia
•    Will focus on solutions that combine technology, engagement and advocacy

NEW DELHI, 10TH MAY 2016: The answers to some of the most daunting challenges facing Asia’s young population may be found by the youth themselves. This is the premise to Telenor India and Telenor Group’s announcement today that it is bringing its global Telenor Youth Forum to Asia for the first time. Part of a commitment to empowering a generation of digital natives, the event will include five delegates from India and brings together the leaders of tomorrow in Bangkok for a two-day session to address challenges for youth in the region. 

The annual Telenor Youth Forum is organized in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway and invites talented youth from Telenor’s markets around the world to find paths to dialogue and peace. Focusing on solutions that combine technology, engagement and advocacy, the participating opinion leaders build bridges across borders and exchange knowledge and ideas. The event will include keynotes by Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group, and Liv Tørres, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

“By reconnecting our markets’ brightest, most engaged and tech-savvy youth to address challenges facing their peers in Asia, we hope to see creative solutions that inspire scalable programs that will empower youth in the region,” said Brekke. “As we pilot the Telenor Youth Forum in Asia, we are not only furthering our commitment to an inclusive digital future, but also expanding this formerly Oslo-based programme into a year-round cycle of dialogue and production.” 

This year, the Oslo-based forum is expanding to Asia for the first time, for a regionally-focused Forum that centers on solving some of the most pressing youth issues in Asia. The five issues range from youth unemployment to dialogue and access surrounding less talked about topics, such as mental health.

“India is a young country and Telenor believes in engaging with passionate youth leaders to use the power of technology for social causes. TYF Asia will give our five innovators a platform to increase access, collaborate and promote dialogue with like minded leaders from other countries to generate real solutions to five designated challenges facing Asia’s youth. We look forward to showcase their proposed solutions to inspire others across the country to innovate and create local impact,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications. 

The participating 28 delegates are all alumni of the global Telenor Youth Forum from the past three years and represent Telenor’s six markets in Asia. In addition to India, these include Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand. Born into a digital age, these young innovators are passionate about social causes and believe that the power of technology can create action and real change. 

The delegates will be organized into teams and be guided by world-class mentors and speakers from organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF Global Innovation Centre and the Nobel Peace Center, who will provide expert resources for strategy building, design planning and solution delivery.

Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Center, said, “Our mission is to inspire peace, and we have partnered with the Telenor Youth Forum because it provides an arena for young people with ideas and passion to address the issues that matter most in building a path to peace. We are excited to take part in this program in Asia as it sources real solutions from the people best equipped to make the biggest difference in their region.”

The standout solution presented by the five teams will be featured at the Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo. 

Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016 will take place from May 25-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. The global Telenor Youth Forum is in its fourth year and will be held in Oslo, Norway during the Nobel Peace Prize week in December 2016. For more information on the upcoming 2016 program, and to learn more about how to apply for it, visit:  https://www.telenor.com/youthforum/.  

Tackling Five Challenges for Asia:

During the course of the two-day forum, participants will develop actionable solutions to five key challenges that have been outlined for youth in Asia:

•    Fighting youth joblessness: Youth unemployment in Asia is more than double the rate of the total working population and working poverty is significantly higher for workers in younger age brackets. How can Asia realistically decrease youth unemployment and how can technology assist in this challenge?
•    Getting more girls in schools: In South Asian countries, eight girls for every 10 boys are enrolled in secondary education, while three women for every four men are enrolled in tertiary education. What solutions are possible to address gender inequality in education and can technology lead social change? 
•    Educating young laborers: Children who are forced to work to sustain their families lose out on opportunities for education and development. How can child or youth workers be reached with innovative solutions such as mobile education programs, in order to provide them with both education and a safe environment to gain self-confidence and critical thinking skills? 
•    Breaking the taboo of mental health: Adolescence is the age when mental health issues first surface and young people are at greater risk of dying of suicide and violence. Depression and eating disorders are also on the rise in Asia, but dialogue on these topics remains limited. How can technology play a role in reducing taboos around mental health and provide new channels for access and inclusion? 
•    Engaging youth in nation dialogue: Young people comprise approximately half of Asia’s population and there is an urgent need to incorporate youth perspectives into national development and the political process. How can technology help overcome barriers to civil participation among youth and encourage democracy, voting, and inclusion into the formal political process?

                                                           TYF ASIA 2016 – Students Profile

Jyotsna Kalra: Winner of TELENOR youth Forum, 2014

Jyotsna Kalra, lawyer in the making, dreams for an equal world for all who lie beyond the prevalent ideas of gender roles and stereotypes. Currently working as Program and Outreach Officer for Delhi for an organisation called Safecity, which works on issues of sexual harassment and abuse at public places. She is moving in the direction of changing the world around her day by day, trying to make it more gender inclusive and progressive in nature. Jyotsna has previously worked with a women centric organisation, WomenPowerConnect, an advocacy based organisation which works closely with the government. She personally believes that issues with respect to women safety needs to be dealt in a very concrete solution based approach, and her current journey is focussed towards change at the hyper-local level.

Kaarika Das: Winner of TELENOR youth Forum, 2015

A graduate in economics from University of Delhi is an international development enthusiast and an aspiring social entrepreneur. Her work in social sector ranges from volunteering in over six NGOs as well as being the Director of Operations of a youth led non for profit called Esteem Youth Foundation. Her involvement with social issues led her to represent India at 33fifty, the National Legacy Programme of the Commonwealth Games -2014 at Glasgow. Kaarika identifies herself as a ‘change maker' who's on a pursuit to enable social development in meaningful and sustainable way.

Abhishek Kaushal: Winner of TELENOR youth Forum, 2015

An IIM graduate is the co-founder of Blue morfo technologies, an Airbus global accelerated stealth mode start-up into preventive healthcare.  Was declared student entrepreneur India - 2013 by Tata firstdot and National entrepreneurship network. Currently program leader for Start-up leadership program's Bangalore chapter. He is Passionate about improving the healthcare scenario in India by developing scalable and sustainable technologies.

Shikha Pathak: Winner of TELENOR youth Forum, 2014

Masters in Communications Management from the Symbiosis University where she was awarded the prestigious Jayatee Deshmukh Award for the Best Outgoing Girl Student of the university. Currently, Shikha is working as the Community Manager with the Takshashila Institution, which is a think tank and school of public policy. Prior to this, she has worked with Adfactors PR and Edelman, Mumbai in their public affairs vertical. Shikha is passionate about women empowerment and believes in using the power of informed discourse in media for creating a progressive society. She also has flair for penning short stories, drawing satirical caricatures and participating in various youth fora. Her involvement in social issues led her to join the Young Inspirators Network, Maharashtra, wherein she worked with other student leaders to brainstorm on her idea for women safety.

Abhishek Gupta: Winner of TELENOR youth Forum, 2014

IIT Kanpur graduate in materials science and engineering, and Indian Administrative Services aspirant intends to work and make the country a better place socially through multi-dimensional change and realise the vision of a truly 'developed' India. The plight of an Indian farmer made him think of his project Jijeevisha - using ICT to tackle farmer suicides. As a student of anthropology, he is keen on studying how culture influences individual preferences and choices. This has helped him deal with a wide range of people day to day and is a boon for administration.  Abhishek has worked with TATA Steel as a trainee and taught programming languages to students under the HPES initiative earlier.

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On the order of the district administration, SMS/GPRS services of Telenor India will not be available in area of District Sabarkanth...

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Non availability of SMS/GPRS services in District Sabarkantha-Himmatnagar

On the order of the district administration, SMS/GPRS services of Telenor India will not be available in area of District Sabarkantha-Himmatnagar in Gujarat between 00:00 hours on Sunday 8th May and until 1700 hours on Monday 9th May. Voice services in aforementioned area will remain unaffected

Telenor India concludes modern...

Telenor India today announced modernization of 10,000 network sites in all its six operating circles.

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Telenor India concludes modernization of 40% of its network sites

•    Plans to complete the entire modernization of 25000 network sites by Q1 2017 
•    Deploys new state-of-the-art equipment to make them future ready
•    Better quality of coverage with higher spectral efficiency
•    Achieves 25% energy efficiency and increases data throughput by 20%

New Delhi, 6th May 2016: Telenor India today announced modernization of 10,000 network sites in all its six operating circles. This is part of the network modernization programme that Telenor India had embarked upon in 2015 to swap its entire 25000 sites with state-of-the-art equipment to deliver high speed internet and enhanced voice experience to its customers in the circle. This is the fastest upgrade on a live network in the telecom industry with nearly 50 sites being swapped in a day. The company aims to complete the swap of its remaining sites by Q1 of 2017. 

“The network modernization programme shows our commitment to offer enhanced network quality experience and enrich the lives of our customers with affordable and relevant services. In a spectrum constrained and highly competitive business environment, the efficiencies we derive from the new network will help us maintain a cost efficient operation and be future ready to manage the increasing demand from our customers for data services,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications.

The modernized sites have deployed Lean GSM solution that improves the network capacity by nearly 25% using the same spectrum resources and provides superior voice and data experience. 

“We are delighted to achieve this milestone and committed to extend benefits of affordable and high speed mobile services. This is a step towards becoming a preferred partner in the digital journey of our mass market customers. We are becoming future ready and this project will enable us to launch relevant services on any technology by ensuring that we make life full paisa vasool for our customers,” said Tanveer Mohammad, chief operating officer, Telenor India. 

At the sites which have been migrated to new technology, Telenor has seen an increase in voice and data traffic. The network congestion has reduced and data throughput has increased resulting in improved network experience for its customers. In addition, the new equipment is environment friendly as it consumes up to 30% less power.

Telenor Group has an ambition of providing “Internet For All” and aims to have 200 million customers accessing data services on its network globally. In India, the company has taken a target of having 50% of its users to access Internet by 2017. This project will help us in achieving this ambition. In revenue market share and customer market share, Telenor India is number 4 in its six operational circles.

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To celebrate the love for reading and joy of giving Telenor India did a book collection drive on World Book Day.

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Telenor celebrates World Book Day by donating around 10000 books for under-privileged children

 
Food 4 Thought Foundation to use the books to open 25 libraries in the next 100 days


NEW DELHI, 21ST APRIL, 2016: To celebrate the love for reading and joy of giving Telenor India did a book collection drive on World Book Day. The campaign, ‘Book for Smiles’, was launched in partnership with Food 4 Thought Foundation and encouraged Telenor employees to support this noble cause by donating books.


Around 10000 books were collected across Telenor’s six circles. The books from this collection drive will help Food 4 Thought Foundation, a non-profit organization working to bring social change through books. The foundation will also open another 25 libraries in schools, communities and hospitals across India in the coming 100 days.


On this occasion, Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer and Social Responsibility Head, Telenor India said, “With a population where the school drop out rate is highest and just one third population having access to read, it is important to encourage the habit of reading and make access of good reading material available to the unprivileged. Telenor India organised a book donation drive across all its offices and stores to collect books for their NGO partners to inspire children with interesting reading material and to spread the message of - Knowledge is Power.  Every book donated will have an impact on enhancing the literacy levels and instil the habit of reading amongst children”. 


To increase access to books and promote learning levels among under-privileged children, Telenor joined hands with Food 4 Thought Foundation to collect books. As part of the campaign, collection boxes were placed at over 50 locations including Telenor circle offices and retail outlets. The contributions included new and old books of diverse genres such as education, comics, fiction, children, science.  Through this activity and collection of books, the foundation will be able to set up multiple facilities promoting the habit of reading and encouraging children with better knowledge.  


“We are extremely happy and proud to work with Telenor India on their 'Books for Smile' campaign. We sincerely thank Telenor for supporting our cause and helping the Foundation take a giant leap towards opening multiple libraries in a short span of time and for bringing smiles to a wide range of book lovers. We hope that other corporates also join in for such drives & support the Foundation,” said Madhavi Sharma, director, Food 4 Thought Foundation.


As a company focused on promoting child rights through multiple efforts, Telenor India has worked towards building resilience amongst school children through safe online training named Webwise. The company had also made efforts in the past to create awareness on Anti-Child Labour Day and has consistently driven the message of not employing minors as labour.  Telenor India initiated the book collection drive last year and distributed 10000 books.  In the second year of organizing the Book donation drive, Telenor India employees yet again volunteered & went out collecting books and encouraging children to promote reading habit.

 

Telenor in Guinness Book of Wo...

In a major milestone in its retail presence, Telenor India has improved its record of launching the maximum number of stores in a single day.

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Telenor in Guinness Book of World Records for opening highest number of retail stores


•    Opens 472 stores simultaneously in a day
•    Biggest ever retail expansion by any customer facing company in the world
•    Surpasses its own Guinness record of opening 362 retail stores in a day


NEW DELHI, APRIL 5, 2016: In a major milestone in its retail presence, Telenor India has improved its record of launching the maximum number of stores in a single day. Telenor opened 472 stores simultaneously across six circles on 26 August, 2015 and bettered its own Guinness Book record. Last week Guinness Book of World Records certified Telenor India for “Most Stores Launched Simultaneously".

Making of a Guinness Record

Telenor identified areas where the subscriber base was about 10,000 customers but there were no stores within a radius of 4 kilometres.

• It was estimated that it needed to open over 472 stores to fill this gap, however, an expansion of this scale would have required at least 2 years.

On 26 August, 2015 the opening of 472 stores was the largest and fastest expansion of retail stores in a single day

On 15 April 2014, Telenor opened 362 stores in a single to create Guinness Record

It took 110 days of planning, 2640 man hours of execution involving 180 employees across its 6 operating circles.

Earlier Telenor has registered its name in the Limca Book of records by opening 141 branded stores in a single day on 4th June 2010.

Congratulating the team on the achievement, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India said, “The Guinness record is a testimony of the hard work and perfect planning of a highly passionate and motivated team. At Telenor we have constantly worked on retail presence to be closer to our customer. Along with our network modernisation plan, this will improve service experience and help subscribers enjoy our affordable products. With initiatives like Grahak Siksha Kendras (customer education hubs) and free life insurance we are converting our retail stores into one stop destination for all telecom needs.”
 
Rigorous ground work involving 110 days of planning and precise coordination across six circles led to the successful launch of 472 stores simultaneously in a single day. The launch of these stores was planned at strategic locations to ensure service up to the last mile with enhanced sales and service experience for customers.
 
With this new record, Telenor India has become the only company in the world to have the distinction of achieving largest store expansion twice in two consecutive years. Telenor opened 362 stores to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in April 2014. This remained unbeaten by any other operator (or any retail group) till last year when Telenor decided to improve its previous number.
 
On this occasion, Upanga Dutta, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor India said, "An expansion of this scale would take months in normal course. But by accelerating the process, Telenor has successfully gone deeper with its retail footprint across its markets in one stroke. With the increased reach and availability of Telenor products and services, it will help us fulfill our strategic ambition of being ‘Loved by Customers’.”

Telenor India has one of the largest retail network in the telecom sector with 392,000 point of sales and the addition of these 472 stores takes the overall exclusive retail footprint of Telenor to over 2070 stores. This vast network of retail stores is supported by an in-house automated distribution management system. The DMS gives a competitive edge to Telenor by collecting real time data of inventory, logistics and customer buying trends among other things. The collected data helps in formulating better distribution strategies and brings cost synergies in the system.

The DMS was developed for India and has now been replicated in other Telenor business units in Asia such Thailand, Myanmar and Telenor business units in Europe.

 

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Telenor India has announced plans to expand Project Sampark

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Telenor announces expansion of Project Sampark

 

•    Telenor India reaffirms its commitment to bridge gender gap in mobile usage
•    The self-sustaining model has over 52,000 subscribers of Bandhan Jodi pack of which 50% are women
•    Second phase to cover 50-80 villages in each zone of Moradabad, Bareilly and Dehradun in the UP (West) circle

NEW DELHI, 14TH MARCH 2016: Telenor India has announced plans to expand Project Sampark, a unique initiative to bridge the gender gap in mobile usage, to new areas in its UP (West) circle. The project will now be extended to the rural areas of Bareilly, Dehradun and Moradabad districts covering approximately 50-80 villages in each zone.

Talking about Telenor’s vision to promote mobile usage among women, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India said, “The success of Project Sampark in Aligarh has given us the confidence to expand it to new areas and take it beyond the pilot phase. Telenor is #morethan an operator and has a vision to empower societies with benefits of mobile connectivity in areas where we operate. Giving a phone in hands of women is not just about connecting her to the information age but also about giving her a tool to take informed decision that can change the socio-economic condition of the entire family.”

The second phase of Sampark is being launched after the phenomenal success of the pilot project across 87 villages in Aligarh district. These 87 pilot villages have seen an improvement in tele-density among women and of the more than 52,000 Project Sampark subscribers 50% are women. 

The new areas will replicate the model piloted in first phase, which was launched in August 2014. The villages will be covered by 30-40 trained women promoters, who will be hired from the adjoining areas. 

“By announcing the expansion plan, we are reaffirming our commitment to extend the benefits of mobile connectivity towards all sections and be the preferred partner for our customers in their digital journey,” said Satish Kannan, Circle Business Head, UP West, Telenor India. 

Project Sampark is a combination of retail and product innovations that has resulted in a unique model that addresses some of the key barriers of women’s access to mobile telephony. The project was conceived after a survey commissioned by Telenor and executed by GFK in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh indicated that less than 30% women use mobile phones due to socio-economic issues. 

For Project Sampark, Telenor has designed a new distribution model that not only brought the retail shop at the doorstep of the target families but also created livelihood opportunities for women in the area. Nearly 40 promoters have been trained to approach every family in the village and explain to them why it is important for the women to have access to mobile phones. They sell a ‘Combo SIM pack’ (Bandhan pack), which has a pair of SIMs linked to each other in a manner that any recharge or talk time top-up of one SIM results in additional bonus minutes added to the second. 

A women call centre –DIAL -- in Patna supports these promoters. This centre ensures that at least one SIM is being used a woman and also resolves any technology related issue or grievances of the subscribers.

To spread awareness on the benefits of mobile usage for women, Project Sampark is supported by an innovative campaign titled “Mera Mobile Mera Sathi”. This is a series of Nukkad Natak (street plays) and puppet shows performed by trained artists and showcases real life examples on women using mobiles for the benefit of all members in the family including herself.

Project Sampark is supported by GSMA under their Connected Women programme. It has been nominated and recognized for its contribution in increasing mobile usage among women. It has received multiple awards including Graham Bell Award 2015, Greentech Gold Award 2014 and National CSR and sustainability award 2015. 
 

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Telenor Study Hacks into India’s Top Internet Scams, Guides Users on How to Stay Safe

Study underscores the importance of protecting personal information online

 

(OSLO/NEW DELHI) 8 March, 2016As internet accessibility in India continues to expand throughout the country and seamlessly across technology devices and daily life, so too do internet scams’ inventive ways in infiltrating consumers’ personal information. In an effort to educate people on the most notorious scams, Telenor Group, Telenor India’s major shareholder, today released the results of an Internet Scams study showing that the top three scams in India are the (1) ‘work from home’ fraud,(2) lottery scams and (3) fake bank email scam.

The multi-market survey assessed the impact of scams on 400 internet users aged 18 – 65+ in India Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and was conducted to provide better understanding of the common methods in which people are “scammed” online. The results additionally glean the best internet scam prevention methods from experienced users, in order for netizens in India to gain more insight and education on the subject.  And while many net consumers are now aware of e-mail frauds such as "official representatives” from a foreign government offering millions of dollars in return for an upfront fee, new scams are born every day and it’s important to assess the landscape of today’s online deceptions.

The study revealed that 85% of India’s internet users are familiar with the term ‘Internet Scam’ and feel open to online threats, with 63% saying they’re ‘very concerned’ about online scams—a third more than those who say they’re concerned with muggings. Online security is extremely relevant in India where over one third of internet users surveyed have been victim to an internet scam and a further 57% know a friend or family member who has been scammed online.   

Further, for those surveyed who indeed have been subject to an online scam in India, 90% have lost money and compared to neighbors, the amount of money stolen is the highest. Regionally the average financial loss per person is 681,070 INR ($9900 USD), but alarmingly in India the average loss was 819,000 INR ($12,000 USD).

“As Indian netizens, we all know that scams exist but to see that the highest amount of money stolen via scams is in India shows this is an area we communally need to address. As a leader in telecommunications, Telenor India is dedicated to enhancing internet safety,” says Sharad Mehrotra, CEO Telenor India, “We hope that the findings from this digital consumer study will encourage all of us to take preventative measures to stay safe online.”

Most Notorious Online Scams

Of all the internet scams, below are the top three scams most frequently encountered in India:

  1. Work from home’ fraud  - 39%
  2. Lottery scams – 25%
  3. Fake bank email scam – 17%

The ‘Work from home’ is a scam whereby users are either fooled into paying someone online to help them start a business, only for nothing to materialize, or users are tricked into completing work on their computer but never receive payment.  One quarter of the participants had been victim of lottery scam emails, where the user is prompted to pay a processing fee in order to win a large sum of money, and a further 17% had been victim to fraud from scammers pretending to be their bank to acquire personal information and funds.

Preventing Online Scams

While online scams are real, they are equally preventable. Half of internet users surveyed in India feel that responsibility to protect people online is with the government while nearly 60% feel the responsibility the website itself and equally feel a jail term for scammers is the best preventative measure to avoid an increasing online threat.

However, overall more than 80% of respondents feel it is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they’re safe online. As such knowledge and resources, helplines for victims, are key for reducing scam success.

"Telenor is working closely with GSMA to launch Mobile Connect to preserve online privacy, create a trusted environment and help mitigate the vulnerability of online passwords. Mobile Connect will enable mobile users to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single log-in solution. It can help prevent online scams and frauds as it uses a combination of subscriber’s mobile number and a unique PIN to verify and grant online access anywhere. The service securely and instantly authenticates users, enabling them to digitally confirm their identity and their credentials and grant safe on-line access to mobile and digital services such as e-commerce, banking, health and digital entertainment, and e-government, via their mobile phones.” Said Sharad.

Of the methods currently available, below are the top five most frequently used in India to help prevent personal risk of online scams:

  1. Delete suspicious and untrustworthy emails
  2. Update your anti-malware software
  3. Do online research about scams
  4. Ignore advertisements or offers that appear “too good to be true”
  5. Share knowledge and preventative tips with friends and family through social media.

“India and Asia are dynamic regions with growing online populations. Alongside Telenor’s Internet for All strategy and the 2017 goal of achieving 200 million active internet users, there will be many more people online in the near future. With so many new users, we are committed to the safety of our internet users. We encourage our netizens to be aware of potential threats and to openly talk with friends and family about online welfare. In the digital world we mustn’t forget our real world principles, such as, ‘if something looks too good, it probably is’,” added Ola Jo Tandre, Head of Social Responsibility at Telenor Group.                                                                     

 

Telenor’s initiatives acclai...

  • Bagged award for project Sampark under product innovation
  • Won marketing and customer serv...

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Telenor’s initiatives acclaimed at Voice & Data Telecom Leadership Conference & Awards 2016

  • Bagged award for project Sampark under product innovation
  • Won marketing and customer service award for the success of Rebranding and Life Insurance campaigns
  • Received award for Lean GSM under Internet and Broadband Services

 

New Delhi, 9th March 2016: With the vision of enabling the customers to improve their lives, build societies and secure a better future for all, Telenor India, with the power of digital communication is creating a positive local impact. The approach of creating shared value has made Telenor India to bag three prestigious awards at Voice & Data Telecom Leadership Conference & Awards 2016.

Telenor’s Project Sampark has been recognised for “Product Innovation” with the dual sim pack that incentises the customers with every recharge helping bridge the mobile gender gap. The rebranding and life insurance campaigns won under ‘Marketing and Customer Service’ category. For another major initiative of 2015, to invest in its entire network to modernize with state-of-the art equipment and commercializing lean GSM solution in partnership with Huawei. This third award was under the ‘Internet & Broadband Services’ category. It is aimed to provide superior voice and data experience to the customers and become future ready.

“This is a proud moment for Telenor India and we are encouraged to achieve these coveted awards. We aim to provide seamless customer experience by connecting the unconnected in all the markets. We had launched Project Sampark to address the socio-economic causes behind the mobile gender gap and increase women's access to mobile phones in the rural areas of India. Besides that, our marketing campaign to establish new brand proposition and the Telenor free life insurance initiatives substantiate our stance of making ‘life full paisa vasool’ for our customers. Our partnership with Huawei is a pivotal step towards our future strategy which not only makes us efficient but also reduces energy consumption and carbon emission immensely”, said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India.

Currently, Project Sampark is successfully running in the UP West circle where pilot was conducted in 87 villages of Aligarh. There is a huge success of this initiative as acknowledged by many industry bodies. The company aims to take this further to the newer areas with similar demographics. A study by Telenor conducted in the pilot area, revealed that in the remote areas like villages of Aligarh in the UP West circle, men of the house usually make the decision on whether a woman should own her own personal phone. To address this issue, Telenor piloted Project Sampark in the remote villages of Aligarh. This project looked at approaching the barriers to mobile adoption through a two-pronged strategy to address key barriers like cost, culture, technical literacy and perception of values, which discourages women to adopt mobile telecommunication services.

As the company acquired its global identity by changing its brand name from Uninor to Telenor, a planned effort towards making all the stakeholders believe in the new brand identity was of immense importance. It was a massive exercise which was carried out overnight to make the changes in every nook and corner where the old brand identity existed. As part of the new brand strategy, Telenor India decided upon ‘Reasons to Believe’ (RTBs) for the acceptance by all stakeholders especially customers. Offering free life insurance was one of the major RTBs as offered by the new brand. Currently more than 20 million Telenor subscribers have been enrolled and over 8 million have got free life insurance cover. The company has also settled more than 20 claims pan India. 

As part of the 25000-site network modernization journey, Telenor India commercialized its Huawei's Lean GSM solution, paving the way for mobile broadband (MBB) transformation in its six circles. The solution has been deployed in 28 cities, including Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Varanasi. Huawei's spectrum efficient Lean GSM solution improves the network capacity by over 30% using the same spectrum resources and provides superior voice and data experience. This solution uses GPS-based synchronization and automated interference management based on real time network measurement. Additional capacity can also be utilized in spectrum refarming for LTE introduction.

About The Awards:

The Voice & Data Telecom Leadership Awards, one of the reputed awards of the telecom industry, is organized by Cybermedia group. CyberMedia works to provide creative custom media solutions for today’s global marketplace.

 

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Telenor promotes diversity at workplace doubles number of women employees

 

  • 11% of Telenor India employees are women
  • More than 59 differently-abled people, including 21 women, hired in 2015
  • Introduces 6 months maternity leave, child care allowance and flexi hours for new mothers

 

NEW DELHI, 08 MARCH, 2016: In line with its vision of encouraging gender diversity and promoting women leaders in business, Telenor has been taking steps to create an equitable work-life balance for employees, and the results have been significant. In 2015, Telenor has seen more than 100% increase in women employees across functions like network operations, product development, sales and distribution and social media.

With this targeted approach Telenor now has over 11% female employees. The telecom industry average is pegged at less than 3%. The company has also focused on hiring differently-abled people. Last year 59 such candidates were recruited. Of these 21 were women. Telenor is also promoting entrepreneurship among women. Over 3% of its 2050 retails outlets are now run by women.

Congratulating everyone on Women’s Day and highlighting the approach to bridge the gender gap, Quazi Mohammad Shahed, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), Telenor India said, “Stimulating diversity at workplace and inclusive growth are the core values of Telenor. It is well established now that companies with increased representation of women employees perform better than those without an inclusive strategy. With this not only the reputation of the company increases but even the talent pool widens. At Telenor we are making conscious efforts to increase the number of female employees so that we can benefit from their positive contribution to the overall functionality of the organization.”

Telecom is viewed as one of the most challenging sector for women to work as it requires 24x7 commitment. As many women discontinue their jobs after marriage or maternity, Telenor has put special emphasis on providing the necessary infrastructure to retain them and gives them a career path post maternity. Telenor was the first telecom operator in India to introduce six months maternity leave and has extended the benefits by offering child care allowance to new mothers for 12 months post their comeback.

To overcome post maternity challenges and retain top talent, Telenor has introduced various other programmes for women like flexible working hours, work from home policy and gender sensitization at workplace. Telenor is also offering extended mobility benefits for women employees by promoting movement across circles.

“We encourage lateral movement of female colleagues in different business functions within Telenor circles (locations) if it helps in their career progression. Besides these there are training modules and development centers to make women employees ready for leadership roles both for domestic and as well international assignments. Telenor India is also trying innovative ways like theatre based training to sensitize employees on day to day biases and dilemmas, and suggest ways to overcome stereotypes at workplace,” said Shahed.

As part of its commitment to empower women and bridge the gender gap within and outside the organisation, last year Telenor India inaugurated three contact centers at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand; Solan in Himachal Pradesh and Ethakota near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. These facilities are being are managed by Tata-BSS and aims at creating employment opportunities in the IT sector for not only urban women but also for ones who come from rural parts of these states.

Telenor also operates an outbound call center from Patna called DIAL which is run by women. This center supports “Project Sampark” that targets to reduce ‘gender gap in mobile usage’ and increase rural women’s access to mobile phones. Project Sampark is a combination of retail and product innovations that has resulted in a unique model that addresses some of the key barriers of women’s access to mobile telephony.

Project Sampark is active across 87 villages in Aligarh district and has seen significant improvement in tele-density among women in the area. For the project, Telenor has designed a new distribution model that not only brought the retail shop at the door step of the target families but also created livelihood opportunities for women in the area.

Telenor aims to continue and expand its women centric initiatives this year too.

About Telenor India: 

Telenor (India) Communications is a wholly owned company of Norway-based Telenor Group and offers mobile telephony services under the brand Telenor. Telenor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Telenor the ability to serve every second person in India. Telenor has positioned itself as most affordable operator in India, and offers value for money and relevant voice and Internet services to 51.4 million subscribers. Its three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer and revenue market share in its operational six circles.

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Sweden’s Prime Minister, Mr. Stefan Löfven, and a high level Swedish business delegation

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Telenor Connexion’s CEO travels to India with Swedish Prime Minister and high level business delegation

Sweden’s Prime Minister, Mr. Stefan Löfven, and a high level Swedish business delegation, including Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion, are invited as key partners for the Make in India Week opening in Mumbai on February 13.

India, the world’s tenth largest economy and an emerging global player is undergoing major transformation. To drive the development, the Government of India has launched Make in India, a flagship program which aims to make India the next global manufacturing hub. The Swedish delegation is invited as key partner to the Make in India Week, a key industry event with high level participation from India and abroad. The event will be held in Mumbai and inaugurated on February 13 by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. 

The delegation program includes meetings with key decision makers in the private and public sector, a CEO Roundtable with Indian and Swedish top business leaders, and participation at Swedish Country Seminar. Telenor Connexion, a leading provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, participates alongside customers Volvo and Scania, partner Ericsson, and the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority - PTS.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) will be able to contribute to India's economic and social development and to solve some of India's key challenges in terms of infrastructure. Various government projects are expected to drive the use of IoT technologies in the country over the next five years,” says Mats Lundquist, CEO at Telenor Connexion.

According to Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade & Invest Council and organizer of the trip, Sweden's relations with India are very good, as Sweden has a strong brand in India and the potential of enhanced cooperation is considerable.

Telenor sees Asia as an important market and operates locally to support regional customers and to enable Swedish companies to bring their digital solutions to the region.

“The main themes of the Make in India Week will be smart manufacturing, industrial automation and smart cities – areas where Telenor’s solutions have an excellent fit with India’s needs”, Mats Lundquist continues.

Telenor has a strong presence in Asia with over 185 of its 203 million subscribers in the region. India alone counts for 50 million of these. Both Telenor India and Telenor Connexion are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest telecom operators.

Telenor Group reports Q4 and...

Telenor Group reported fourth-quarter results at its company headquarters in Oslo, Norway today.

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Telenor Group reports Q4 and FY2015 results

 

NEW DELHI, 10th FEBRUARY 2015: Telenor Group reported fourth-quarter results at its company headquarters in Oslo, Norway today. 

To find out more about the company’s Group results please visit:

http://www.telenor.com/investors/reports/2016/telenor-groups-results-for-the-4th-quarter-2015/

http://www.telenor.com/media/press-releases/

As part of the Telenor Group financial report, you can find figures for Telenor India on Page 6.

Commenting on the results Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications said:

“Telenor India has established itself as the most affordable service provider in the country. The mass market approach, effective distribution and efficient operations helped the company maintain its growth trajectory in 2015. The year closed with 16% higher subscriber base than last year and a revenue growth of 9.2% over last year along with EBITDA loss narrowing by almost 90% year-on-year.

With our ambition of Internet for All, the company is aligned to the country’s mission of digital India offering products and services that enable affordable access and reach.  Our first-of-its kind initiative of free life insurance to our customers on monthly incremental recharge has seen over 17 million enrollments and has enabled us to deliver full value for money keeping with our brand promise of ‘life full paisa vasool’. 

Telenor’s network modernization program has also gained momentum and crossed its first milestone of 5000 sites fully modernized with advanced technology. The new network has delivered 30% higher efficiencies both on spectrum utilization and energy consumption. Telenor has deployed Lean GSM solution in 28 cities to increase coverage, reduce congestion and improve Internet speeds on its network. The company has over 26.3% of its subscribers accessing Internet, which is a jump of nearly 39% over last year.

We will take forward our vision of Internet for All and continue to strengthen network efficiency through a fully modernized network across all our circles.”

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In India, studies indicate that about 30 million urban children, under the age of 18

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Telenor promotes safe Internet practices

•    Safe Internet Forum initiated to advocate a safe internet environment for children
•    Embeds child helpline number 1098 on Telenor SIM for easy access for a child in need
•    Launches a free parental guide book on safe Internet practices

NEW DELHI, 8Tth FEBRUARY, 2016: In India, studies indicate that about 30 million urban children, under the age of 18, own a personal handset. It is also estimated that 134 million Indian children will come online by 2017*. Where parents or guardians may have limited experience with the internet themselves, raising awareness and building knowledge among children, parents and their teachers about online risks is a priority for Telenor.

To advocate for a safe online environment for children, Telenor India organized 
#SafeInternetForum 2016 calling on teachers, parents, government, cyber security experts, NGOs and private partners for responsible use of internet and strengthen the defenses for a safer internet experience for children

Speaking at the forum, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications said, “Protecting and providing a safe internet experience for children through education and guidance is a focus for Telenor. While we extend the benefits of being connected and empower our customers with affordable services, we also encourage responsible use of Internet.  Our webwise program aims to build defenses amongst children by guiding them on how to be safe online. In addition to this, we have integrated 1098 Child Helpline on our SIMs for easy access. These are small steps towards developing a safe online universe for our young users.”

At the Safe Internet Forum, Telenor announced initiatives to make Internet safe for the millions of Indian children who are expected to come online by 2017. Telenor has partnered with Child Helpline. Now all Telenor SIMs come embedded with 1098 number giving a direct and one touch access to the helpline. Customers can dial this free number and seek help on anything related to child rights and abuse.  


“The Telenor group globally adheres to strict guidelines towards safety of our customers online. In line with that we follow stringent norms with respect to internet safety and security across all countries. I feel proud to see the efforts that Telenor India has put forward in creating awareness on internet safety and security and also in protecting children online. This is a key step towards Telenor group’s vision of empowering societies through digital services,” said Ola Jo Tandre, Director Sustainability and Head of Social Responsibility, Telenor Group.

To create awareness among parents around safe Internet practices, Telenor also launched WebWise - A Parental Guide at the forum. The book elaborates on what parents should talk to their children about internet access. It sensitises patents and gives real life examples to ensure online safety of children while they take a plunge in the digital world. 

Telenor also presented findings of the Webwise survey which was conducted in 2015 with sample size of 3200 children across 10 cities eight states. The survey indicated that 95% children in the age group of 9 to 17 are accessing the internet from a range of devices today. The mobile phone is the preferred access device of children and 62.4% of them are spending up to 4 hours a day on the internet. 

Telenor’s Webwise programme was launched in 2014 and has covered 35000 students in schools across the country. The Webwise workshops familiarize children, parents and teachers with safe Internet habits and ways to protect themselves from cyber harm while being online.

Bringing Child abuse Filter to India

Telenor Group collaborated with the European Commission’s CEO Coalition to make Internet a better place for children, and has worked with Interpol to become the first mobile operator in the world to introduce safety and child sexual abuse filters for mobile phones. Telenor has also joined industry forces to drive the establishment of the GSM Association’s Mobile Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content. In 11 of its markets now, Telenor customers are using child abuse filter which was introduced for the first time by Telenor Norway and Kripos (National Criminal Investigation Service Norway) 10 years ago. 

In India, studies indicate that about 30 million urban children, under the age of 18, own a personal handset. It is also estimated that 134 million Indian children will come online by 2017. Where parents or guardians may have limited experience with the internet themselves, raising awareness and building knowledge among children, parents and their teachers about online risks is a priority for Telenor.

*Telenor BCG Study 2013

Telenor India and Huawei comme...

As part of the 25000-site network modernization journey, Telenor India today announced commercialization of Huawei's Lean GSM

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Telenor India and Huawei commercialise world’s first Lean GSM solution

 

•    Deploy new tech in 28 cities to enhance coverage with better spectral efficiency 
•    Modernize 5000 sites in record 90 days and upgrade sites to be future ready
•    Achieve 30% energy efficiency and increase data throughput by over 20%

NEW DELHI / SHENZHEN, 2nd FEBUARY 2016: As part of the 25000-site network modernization journey, Telenor India today announced commercialization of Huawei's Lean GSM solution, paving the way for mobile broadband (MBB) transformation in its six circles. The solution has been deployed in 28 cities, including Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Varanasi.

Huawei's spectrum efficienct Lean GSM solution improves the network capacity by over 30% using the same spectrum resources and provides superior voice and data experience. This solution uses GPS-based synchronization and automated interference management based on real time network measurement. Additional capacity can also be utilized in spectrum refarming for LTE introduction. 

Speaking on Telenor India’s achievements, Tanveer Mohammad, chief operating officer, Telenor India Communications, said, “At Telenor we are committed to extend benefits of affordable mobile connectivity to our mass market customers to ride the wave of digitization trends that are empowering people and communities globally. The network modernization will help us achieve our vision of becoming a digital services provider. It will enable us to launch relevant services that will offer more value to our customers.”

Telenor also crossed the first milestone of successfully swapping 5000 sites with state-of-the-art equipment in less than 90 days since the project was launched. This is the fastest upgrade on a live network in the telecom industry with an average 55 sites being swapped in a day. The 5000 swap was completed by Huawei on December 31st and at these sites Telenor is now ready to deliver high speed Internet to its customers in its six operational circles. The company aims to complete the swap of its remaining sites by end of 2016.

“One of the strategic pillars of Telenor’s customer-centric business has been  efficient operations. The network upgrade is not just about new technology but also about higher efficiencies. At the sites which have been migrated to Lean GSM, we already have 85% less congestion and data throughput has gone up by over 20%. In addition, the new equipment is environment friendly as it consumes almost 30% less power,” said Tanveer.

The company aspires to have 50% of its users accessing Internet by 2017. At present, 23% of its total subscribers use Internet. To leverage the increasing demand for data and other Internet-based services, Telenor had last year started modernizing its entire network to make it future ready. With this newly ugraded network, the company will be able to launch any new technology or service to enable the digital lifestyle of its customers.

Huawei GSM Product Line President Zhang Jiayi said, "Lean GSM is gateway to affordable mobile broadband. In the future, we will continue to leverage our strength in telecom industry thereby providing innovative solutions to support Telenor India’s mobile broadband transformation."

A better network will enhance experience of the customers while derived efficiencies will help Telenor to become an affordable voice and Internet services operator. It will also enable the launch of value-added digital services related to financial inclusion, like free insurance, education, health, entertainment and e-commerce to deliver more value to its customers. 

Telenor operates one of the largest retail networks in six circles with over 2,000 branded stores and more than 380,000 points of sale. Along with the network expansion, the company will expand its retail footprint this year.

Telenor Research: 2016 is the ...

From smarter machines and customers as co-creators, to data for social good and softwarization, Telenor Group’s Research

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Telenor Research: 2016 is the Year of ‘Softwarization’ and Data for Social Good in Asia

OSLO/NEW DELHI,22 JANUARY 2016: From smarter machines and customers as co-creators, to data for social good and softwarization, Telenor Group’s Research arm today publishes the key global telco trends identified for 2016.  With 60 percent of the global population, nearly half the world’s internet users and spotlights focused on some of the strongest emerging markets, these trends are set to invariably have the greatest effect on Asia—the global region poised to produce some of the greatest and most significant success stories in the age of digitalization.

Consumers are experiencing digitalization in many parts of their daily lives, from buying bus tickets with a mobile phone to monitoring heart rate or getting GPS directions – and the smartphone is at the centre of it all, particularly in a region boasting more than 1 billion smartphone users.

“For most Indians, first access and experience of Internet will be through Mobile due to affordability of phones, data packs and relevant services. We are going through revolutionary times where digitisation brings empowerment to customers and masses, bursting the power once held with limited few. Digitisation riding on affordable access will be a game changer in building a knowledge economy with mobile technology playing a key role. At Telenor we offer to our mass market customers the benefit of an affordable digital connect to ride the wave of global digitisation trends that is empowering people and communities,” says Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer, Telenor India Communications.

“The current digitization will transform all aspects of the Telco industry and the way consumers increasingly use and rely on mobile technology. For the specific 2016 outlook, Telenor Research has identified six important trending areas.

“The trends we have highlighted are not radically new, but we believe that 2016 is the year the adoption or the application of these will start to be felt, and nowhere more than in the leapfrogging economies of Asia. 2016 will be an exciting year for telecoms as we face evolving customer expectations, competition, regulation and accelerating technological change. Change that, in our opinion, brings more opportunities than it does challenges,” says BjørnTaale Sandberg, Head of Telenor Research.  

The 2016 Trends:

Customers will co-create services 
Customers are increasingly digital savvy, demanding and empowered. This puts demands on companies to deliver superior digital customer experiences, and be more aligned with the customer’s changing behaviour than ever before. There has been a shift from companies defining their own services, to customers making their needs heard and translated into the market through active feedback. This year, the transition will be more evident. 

Data for social good 
Telecom big data will be used more in 2016 to tangibly help society - for the purpose of social good. As data develops, so does the capacity to use it to address and monitor issues such as health and safety. Big data currently is being created in just about everything we use and do. From phones, cars, business, infrastructure andmuch more –the constant accumulation of data will now will be finding applications to help society at large.


Softwarization
Networks as software rather than hardware will take off as technologies such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) will enable new ways of designing and operating networks.

Deep learning 
This year has been marked as the phase that machines will understand more digital content as they get more deeply integrated into digital services and devices. Consumers will experience this through new services, better digital assistants, search results and suggestions, and more relevant ads.

More IoT services with LPWA
Future Internet of Things (IoT) devices need low cost and low power consuming networks. Low Power Wide Area networks will enable a future smart society with many new and exciting IoT services and platforms.

Levelling out the playing field 
In 2016, governments and regulatory authorities will have to deal with an intensifying debate on how to adjust the traditional legal frameworks to the new competitive digital environment and a growing sharing economy.

Trend Implications for Asia
In a region once looked upon by global businesses as an outsourcing hub primarily for manufacturing and call centre functions, digital technologies are bringing virtually every industry, opportunity, skillset and challenge to Asia. Local governments and the public sector are leveraging this technology to level playing fields as well, digitalizing citizen services and dedicating specific governmental resources to spearhead the digitalization of their economies. Telenor is working closely within the Asia market to support this economic shift and apply best-in-class global practices where possible.

Socially and economically, lower costs as a by-product of digitalization are empowering previously unconnected communities with a wealth of new information and services. This yields not only improved efficiency in traditional jobs and the current marketplace, but assists to usher in a new economy with unique jobs and services. 

While Asia continues to be the world’s most affected region by natural disasters, with nearly half of all globally reported disasters striking one or more of its member nations, protecting the advancement created by digitalization is quickly becoming a tenant of its design. Digitalization and big data are working together to provide better tools to prevent and minimize the toll disasters take on local communities and economies. As well pinpoint where aid is needed most when they do strike. In 2015, Telenor, together with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, carried out analysis of human mobility impacts regarding the spread of dengue. Such steps provide a way forward for governments to better protect and prepare their populations in times of crisis. 

The e-brochure with the full trend analysis by Telenor Research can be viewed here.

Download trend infographic here.

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Telenor India to participate in the 24thedition of Convergence India 2016

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Telenor India to participate in the 24thedition of Convergence India 2016

Eminent leaders from Telenor India to talk about imperatives for a Digital India and telecom industry’s role as an enabler in the government’s Digital India mission

 

  • Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India on how Telenor’s vision of providing affordable internet services to customers is aligned to Digital India
  • Upanga Dutta, CMO, Telenor India to throw light on the ‘Trends in the mobile broadband space’
  • Tanveer Mohammad, COO, Telenor India to share Telenor’s perspective on ‘Innovative solutions for mass market digitization’
  • Avinash Mittal, CIO, Telenor India to underline the importance of ‘Embracing Big Data for Business Growth’  at the CIO Forum

 

New Delhi, January 19, 2016: With a keen focus on becoming a digital services provider in India, Telenor India announced its plans to participate in the 24th Convergence India event to be held at Pragati Maidan from January 20th – 22nd, 2016.  As we move towards a digitally connected world, Telenor group’s focus is to empower societies by enabling mobile connectivity for all. In line with this the company is looking at newer services and initiatives to address the changing requirements of the customers and creating value for them.

Speaking on the eve of the event, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India said, Convergence India is a great platform for industry leaders to convene and discuss innovative solutions to address changing needs of today’s customers’  as well as deliberate on issues facing the telecom industry. Telecom industry will play a key role in achieving the government’s Digital India vision and that will require collaborative support of all the stakeholders concerned.”

“The focus for Telenor India this year will be to empower masses by providing digital services to address their needs. We have already made significant investments in this direction and will continue to invest in the future also”, he added.

Last year, Telenor India had changed its brand name from Uninor and unveiled its new proposition of ‘fair’ and ‘easy’ to offer more value to its customers. It had also launched an industry first initiative of free life insurance to its customers, which has seen tremendous response. In a short span of three months, the company has already seen 16 million opt-ins.

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.

The three day Convergence India conference aims to bring together the best minds in the ICT, telecom media and entertainment ecosystem under one roof to create an interactive platform for the companies to showcase their technical prowess, and tap into new business opportunities. It is alsoan ideal platform to engage with international business gurus, telecom and broadcasting czars, leaders from IT & Internet, electronics, media, entertainment, communications, broadcast, cable & satellite, fiber, cloud, VAS, etc. verticals from India and beyond. The event will broadly focus on broadband & internet, LTE, Big data & analytics, media & entertainment, manufacturing, cloud, electronics, smart devices & accessories, e-commerce, IoT, smart solutions, IT sourcing, apps for the world, gaming and automation etc.

 

Enclosed below is the schedule for Telenor India’s leaders:

Session

Date

Time

Discussion points

Speaker

Inaugural Conference Session “Digital India” 

20th Jan 2016

1130-1300hrs   

Will Digital India program transform India?

- Creating an Eco System for Digital India

- What are the Stakeholders roles for Digital Architecture? Challenges & preparations

- What levels of investments are required to attain a desired level of Digital Infrastructure?

- Priorities of the Digital India Dream: e Governance, e Health, e Security & e Education etc.

Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India

Trends in mobile broadband

20th Jan 2016

1615-1745hrs

- Mobile Devices revolutionising adoption of internet for masses – What lies ahead?

- What will be the impact of 4G/LTE on digital lifestyle?

- How internet can create flexible and transparent new markets?

- Encouraging adoption and innovation of internet services

Mr. Upanga Dutta, CMO, Telenor India

Digital India-Advanced solutions for mass market digitization

20th Jan 2016

1400-1530hrs

- Which sectors need 100% Digitization for rapid growth to achieve Digital India program?

- Is India a constraint economy for Mass digitization?

- New solutions in the pipeline which will enhance viewer experience

- What are new business opportunities being created by Digitization?

- Bundling of services to consumers through STB- where are we heading in Indian market?

Mr. Tanveer Mohammad, COO, Telenor India

“Embracing Big Data for Business Growth”

21st Jan 2016

1530-1600hrs

- Data itself is inanimate and passive until purpose and organization are added. How key is data & insights to your organization?

- Multiple feeds and streams of information come together to create insight into environmental patterns, human health, consumer behavior, product reliability, and socioeconomic trends. Where do you see the next set of Big Data initiatives coming from?

- With the addition of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data grows from “a lot of data” to the ability to better understand customer needs, sentiment, and behavior. Is this relevant to the telecom industry?

- With 80% of data being unstructured and doubling in volume every two years, how are you tackling this?

- With systems that store, manage, analyze, protect, and assist in application development for big data, EMC brings Big Data to life. What are your expectations from vendors like us?

Mr. Avinash Mittal, CIO, Telenor India

CIO Forum: Convergence of Cloud Computing & Big Data: Making big social and human impact

21st Jan 2016

1615-1745hrs

- Convergence of Cloud & Big Data – Complimenting Technologies?

- What does their convergence means to end users?

- What are the ethical, legal & social implications?

Mr. Avinash Mittal, CIO, Telenor India

 

 

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#MoreThan 200 million customer...

Telenor Group today announced that it has surpassed the 200 million mobile subscriber mark.

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#MoreThan 200 million customers are now connected to Telenor

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 17, 2015: 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 SharadMehrotra, 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 SharadMehrotra.

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 AtleFølgesvold, consultant at global market research firm TNS.

Telenor Group recognizes the uniqueness of each of its 13 markets and its customers across the Nordics, Europe and Asia. Here is a snapshot of our presence and some of the unique attributes of our markets. 

Telenor outlines plans for sus...

At Telenor sustainability is about maximizing the impact of communication services by creating shared value for society and business.

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Telenor outlines plans for sustainable business growth at the National Sustainability Conference

•    Free Life insurance to promote financial inclusion
•    All women call centres in rural areas to further strengthen women empowerment agenda
•    Energy efficient network to bring down power consumption by nearly 30%
•    Project Sampark to be expanded in UP (West) to bridge gender gap in mobile usage
•    Webwise programme to gain momentum to make Internet safe for children 


NEW DELHI, 11TH DECEMBER 2015: At Telenor sustainability is about maximizing the impact of communication services by creating shared value for society and business. Telenor India reinstated its focus on sustainable growth at the National Sustainability Convention held in New Delhi today. The event witnessed engaging participation by eminent leaders from Government of India, Norwegian Embassy, Industry experts and Telenor India leadership team.

  
Speaking on the occasion, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India Communications said, “Sustainability in Telenor is about extending the benefits of mobile communications to masses and ensuring responsible business practices.  It is a key element of Telenor’s corporate culture as well as business strategy. We believe that mobile connectivity can help transform the lives of individuals and empowers societies to grow and progress. We are committed in creating a sustainable business and social environment through our innovative, responsible and customer centric services & initiatives by which the society is benefited at large.” 


By enabling access to services like affordable voice and internet services, allowing for financial inclusions and access to knowledge, Telenor has been bringing positive change in people’s lives and creating shared values. There are six focus areas when it comes to sustainability – human rights, enabling services, supply chain, safe internet, anti-corruption, climate and environment.


Telenor has taken forward the financial inclusion agenda of the government, and has launched an industry-first initiative to offer ‘free life insurance cover’ to its customers. With this Telenor has extended the much needed financial security to mass market customers who find it hard to get a security cover for life due to complicated documentation process or reach of insurance companies. The offer has seen over 10 million customers enrolling for the free insurance. 

 

Telenor also supports United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development and has made the promise to connect 200 million customers to internet, opening access to knowledge, opportunities and vital services that will empower their lives. It has a clear conviction of maintaining sustainability focus in everything it does from the start. It also encourages its partners to increase engagement in areas of sustainability, women empowerment and CSR initiatives.

 

Telenor India has kick started real time projects which directly impact climate & environment, social responsibility and women empowerment. Through the  network modernisation project across all its 24000 sites, the company is installing state-of-the-art equipment that are 25-30% more energy efficient. The new network will help Telenor contribute to the Group’s target of reducing the carbon intensity of its global operations with 40% by 2017, compared to the 2008 level. In order to reduce its carbon footprint, Telenor India has also piloted green branding in a few retail stores in select locations instead of flex and PVC which are not environment friendly. 

 

As a socially responsible corporate, Telenor India has also been instrumental in bridging the mobile gender gap through Project Sampark. By way of this project, it is addressing socio-economic causes of eliminating the gender gap in mobile use and aims to increase women’s access and ownership of mobile phones. Through Project Sampark, Telenor has extended the benefits of mobile phones to over 40,000 customers in villages of Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh. 50% of them are women. The success of the project will now be replicated in other zones of its UP (West) circles.

 

Taking women empowerment to the next level, Telenor India has employed over 700 women employees across call centres. It has set up all women contact center in Jamshedpur, Solan and Ethakota which offers employment opportunities in the IT sector for financially challenged women from rural areas. These centres are being managed by Tata-BSS. Telenor also operates an outbound call centre from Patna called DIAL centre with similar objectives. 

 

Child Safety being of primal importance for a developed society, Telenor has initiated the Webwise programme to protect children from cyber harm. It aims to create awareness on Internet safety for children and familiarize them with habits that can give them a safe online experience. Through the Webwise workshop in schools, over 20,000 students have been educated on safe Internet practices.

From L to R: Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India; Dr. Najma Heptulla, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister – Minority Affairs, GoI; Mr. H.E. Nills Ragnar Kamsvag, Norwegian Ambassador and Mr. Pankaj Sharma, Head of Corporate Affairs, Telenor India at the Telenor National Sustainability Conference in New Delhi

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Telenor’s Project Sampark gets recognized for bridging mobile gender gap

New Delhi, 7th December 2015: At Telenor India, we provide the power of digital communication, enabling our customers to improve their lives, build societies and secure a better future for all. Empowering societies and creating a positive local impact is at the core of all our actions. Our approach of creating shared value has won us two prestigious awards.


Telenor’s Project Sampark has been recognised externally for bridging the mobile gender gap. Telenor won the Aegis Graham Bell Awards 2015 for ‘Bringing Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ under the telecom category and Exchange4media IPRCC Awards 2015 under the CSR & Not-for-profit category for the most effective CSR campaign/Social responsibility campaign.


The Aegis Graham Bell Awards, one of the reputed awards of the telecom industry, have been spreading innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of Telecom, Internet, Media & Edutainment (TIME) and providing recognition for outstanding contributions in this field in India.The India PR & Corporate Communications Awards recognize the contribution and success of the PR Industry.


“This is a proud moment for Telenor India to achieve this coveted award. We aim to go an extra mile and provide seamless customer experience by connecting the unconnected in all the markets that we are present in. Project Sampark aims to address the socio-economic causes behind the mobile gender gap and increase women's access to mobile phones in the rural areas of India. Social responsibility forms an essential part of Telenor’s strategy and being a socially responsible brand, we strongly believe in giving back to the society in all possible ways,” said Pooja Thakran, Chief Communications Officer & Social Responsibility Head, Telenor India.


A study by Telenor conducted in the pilot area, revealed that in the remote areas like villages of Aligarh in UP West circle, men of the house usually make the decision on whether a woman should own her own personal phone. To address this issue, Telenor piloted Project Sampark in the remote villages of Aligarh. This project looked at approaching the barriers to mobile adoption through a two-pronged strategy to address key barriers like cost, culture, technical literacy and perception of values, which discourages women to adopt mobile telecommunication services. 


Telenor has joined hands with GSMA for Project Sampark. GSMA supported in commissioning the ‘Connected Women’ program, which aims at reducing the mobile gender inequality in emerging markets like India. 


About The Awards:


Aegis Graham Bell Awards® is world's largest award in the fields of T.I.M.E. (Telecom, Internet, Media, and Edutainment). This is the best platform for innovators to interact and provides recognition for outstanding contributions. The Awards are organized with support of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), and Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE) India a public private partnership initiative of DoT with 08 Centres at premier academic institutes (06 IITs, IISc and IIMA) of the country, each supported by a Telecom Service Provider and knowledge partner Deloitte.


The India PR & Corporate Communications Awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions for best Use of PR in Private Sector, Public Sector, Social Cause, Financial Services Sector, Entertainment, Sports & Lifestyle sector at the agency and corporate levels.


The India PR & Corporate Communications Awards 2015 are the most extensive and exhaustive awards to recognize the contribution and success of the PR Industry. With 4 Categories and 22 sub categories, e4m IPRCCA2015 is the path breaking initiative to salute and recognize the contribution of PR Consultancies and Corporate Communications.

 

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Telenor celebrates 6th anniversary in India, completes modernization of 2500 sites

As part of its network transformation project, the company is on track to complete live network swap of 5000 sites with state-of-the-art equipment by year end to deliver high speed Internet

NEW DELHI, 3RD DECEMBER, 2015: Telenor India today completed six years of successful operations in the country. Being the youngest it also is fast to modernize its existing network in preparation to launch high speed internet services in the coming years. The company announced the completion of modernizing 2500 sites across six circles. These sites have now got the latest equipment to deliver better voice and Internet services to Telenor customers.

 

Speaking on the anniversary and completion of network swap, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO Telenor India Communications, said, “This is a momentous day for us. We have not only completed six years of delivering Sabse Sasta and value for money products to our customers but also achieved a milestone in our journey towards becoming a digital services provider. The network modernization project will help us prepare to address the demand for high speed data as mobile internet will be the primary mode for consumers as services continue to get digital.”

 

      Details on network sites modernised

The modernised sites includes 864 in Andhra Pradesh, 440 in UP (East), 451 in UP (West) , 119 in Bihar, 287 in Maharashtra, 341 in Gujarat

30% saving on energy costs, 15% spectral efficiency and savings on real estate rentals

Will enable 20% higher utilization of capacity and will result in bandwidth saving by 25%

Will improve indoor coverage by 20%

Earlier this year, Telenor announced a program to swap its entire network of 24000 base stations with state-of-the-art equipment by 2017. This is the largest network project of its kind when legacy equipments are being replaced on a live network without any service disruption. In the first phase of the project, 5000 sites are to be modernised by end of 2015. In addition to this, Telenor is also expanding its network in Bihar and Jharkhand by adding 950 sites.


“The network modernisation programme shows our long term commitment to the India market. In a spectrum constrained and highly competitive business environment, the efficiencies we derive from the new network will help us maintain a cost efficient operation and be future ready to manage the increasing demand from our customers for data services,” said Sharad.  


Telenor’s new network is being executed and managed by Huawei India. The new equipments will increase spectral efficiency by 15% and improve in-door coverage by 15-20%, and also reduce power consumption by around 30%.


Telenor had launched its mobile services in 2009 as Uninor and currently operates in six telecom circles of India. In September this year it acquired the global brand identity and changed its name to Telenor India. For the last six years, Telenor has built a market position of being most affordable and  promises to offer additional value for all customers. To ensure superior value to the mass market customer, it announced an industry first initiative of free insurance cover and entertainment services packs starting  as low as Rs 2 for unlimited music & videos downloads for a day. For the next three months, Telenor is also offering one month of free video access to new customers joining its network.


Telenor Group has an ambition of providing “Internet For All” and aims to have 200 million customers accessing data services on its network globally. In India, the company has taken a target of having 50% of its users to access Internet by 2017. Currently, the company has 48.72 million subscribers and over 22% of them are data users. The retail network of Telenor India has 2100 branded stores and over 380,000 points of sale.


In revenue market share and customer market share, Telenor India is number 4 in its six operational circles.

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Telenor offers ‘paisa vasool’ unlimited entertainment service packs

  • Subscribers to enjoy their favourite videos starting at Rs 2
  • Affordable music packs to enable unlimited music streaming
  • Partners with Dailymotion & YouTube for video, Hungama Music & Eros Now for music

NEW DELHI, 26th NOVEMBER 2015: In line with its vision to bring more value and easy to use products for its customers, Telenor India today announced the launch of unlimited entertainment service packs starting at Rs 2 comprising music and video streaming. The new innovative pricing will allow subscribers to enjoy unlimited access to videos from sites like Hungama Music & Eros Now.

Unveiling the new products, Mr. Amaresh Kumar, Chief Product Officer, Telenor India said, “At Telenor, we understand that entertainment is one of the primary drivers of Internet traffic in India. Today almost 60% of data users access entertainment applications on their mobile. As digital services company, we want our customers to download and watch videos or listen to music in a hassle-free manner. Our new packs have been designed to offer affordable and value for money access to unlimited music and videos without worrying about volume of data used. With this we reinforce our vision to make Internet services affordable and easy to access for the masses.” 

Currently 22% of Telenor’s subscribers use data services on their mobile devices and we expect this to grow to over 50% by 2017.

To subscribe the service, Telenor customers can select the video packs starting from Rs 2 to Rs 28 with validity ranging from one day to 28 days. Subscribers can use the new service pack to temporarily cache their favourite online video overnight (11 PM to 7 AM) and enjoy the buffer-free experience during periods of low or no connectivity. To prevent any bill shock if the caching continues after 7 AM, the customers will be charged at 2p/20 KB with a cap of Rs 5 for that day.

The music packs, that offer unlimited access to music, start from Rs 41 and come with a validity of 28 days.

According to reports, entertainment applications are the third biggest driver of Internet access in India after communication services and social media. Over 32% of Internet traffic comes from music, and 34% of those accessing online music do it on their mobile phones. “Research shows that almost 40% of users watch videos at night as the networks are relatively free and speeds are better. With the new packs, customers can download videos during the night and watch it anytime & anywhere,” said Amaresh.

Last year Telenor brought a paradigm shift in the market with service packs for WhatsApp and Facebook. These packs offered flat rates to access two most popular social and messaging applications on the Internet and took away the worry of volume consumption on data. 

The new brand identity of Telenor in India promises more value to its customers on every transaction. While being the most affordable telecom operator in the market, Telenor India has consistently innovating to make its products simpler, easy to use and fair for all customers. Recently, it came up with the industry first initiative of providing free life insurance to all its subscribers in order to ensure more value for money to its customers. Telenor is also the only operator in the country today to voluntarily compensate for any call drop on its network.

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Telenor announces network expansion In Bihar & Jharkhand


•    To roll out 950 new sites covering over 3380 new towns and villages
•    To upgrade and modernize 3235 existing sites

New Delhi, 24 NOVEMBER, 2015: After acquiring a global brand identity and making it attractive for customers with a new market position of “life full paisa vasool” (extract more value in life on every transaction) with offers like free life insurance, Telenor has once again reinforced its long term commitment to India with a promise to offer superior network experience.

Telenor India today announced expansion of its network in Bihar and Jharkhand. The company will be adding 950 new sites covering over 3380 rural areas in the circle. This expansion is in addition to the network swap and upgradation happening at the existing 3235 sites in B&J as part of the modernisation plan.

With this the number of Telenor sites will go up to 4185 in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. The new network will help Telenor deliver better voice quality and enhanced data speed to its customers.

Announcing the expansion and the modernisation of network in B&J, Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications said, “Telenor is committed to offer seamless coverage and network experience in B&J. We will continue to invest in one of our most successful and fastest growing markets. With the new sites we are taking our most affordable ‘Paisa vasool’ voice and Internet services even more closer to our customers. We are preparing ourselves to meet the demands to enable the digital lifestyle for them. The new new network will fullfil our ambition of Internet for All and will be future ready to launch any technology to serve our customers efficiently.”

Work on the new sites has already started and is expected to be over by the end of 2015.

Along with the network expansion and modernisation plan, Telenor is also increasing its retail footprint. By this year-end the company plans to add at least 14,250 new sales outlets taking its retail base to over 80,000. 

A.E.A. Jameel, Circle Business Head, Bihar and Jharkhand, Telenor (India) communications said, “We are confident that these aggressive network and retail expansions will enhance our network capacity to meet the rising demand for not only voice but also data services in the circle. With energy efficient, flexible and scalable infrastructure, we will be able to optimise network costs and improve our outdoor as well as indoor coverage.”

Telenor currently offers voice and data services on a 2G network and has 22% of its subscribers accessing Internet. The company is working with Huawei India to modernise its existing network and make its future ready across its six operational circles. As part of the deal, in the next two years, 24000 sites in Telenor circles will be swapped and modernised with state-of-the-art equipments offering enhanced power and spectral efficiencies for superior customer experience. In the first phase, 5000 sites covering 100 towns will be ready to deliver high speed Internet services by end of this year.

As of September 2015, Telenor had 7.57 million subscribers in B&J. The circle has seen a 37% growth in Internet users since November 2014. The company is ranked number 5 in customer market share. It stood at number 5 in revenue market share in quarter ending June 2015.

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Trolling is most irritating, yet sending e-Cards and posting food pictures are a guilty pleasure for online Indians according to regional survey on navigating the digital world.


(OSLO/NEW DELHI) 19 NOVEMBER 2015: As India’s use of Internet and social media expands exponentially, so invariably does the rise of annoying Internet habits. If you have ever been irked online, chances are – you’re not alone.  India’s netizens unanimously voted spreading false rumors as the most annoying Internet habit, but conversely are most guilty of sending e-Cards and posting delicious food pictures according to a recent survey on the ‘Worst Internet Habits’ commissioned by Telenor Group. 

Uniquely 33% of Indians also hate excessive selfie takers, against the regional average of 21%. And 65% of Indians surveyed admit to being ‘Internet addicts’ – just under the regional average of 67% addiction level.
India’s Top Five Most Annoying Internet Habits
1. Spreading false rumors 40%
2. Inviting people to play online games 34%
3. Sharing inappropriate content 30%
4. Sympathy-seeking posts on Facebook 28%
5. Trolling - offensive or provocative posting to elicit angry responses 18%

In an effort to learn more about their customers in their commitment to provide a positive digital future for all, Telenor conducted the Internet behavioral survey across India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. From profanity tolerance levels to selfie approval ratings, respondents across the region replied to what they love and loathe most about the net. 

 

“This survey gives us a very stimulating way to look at who are our customers are and their online preferences. As online access increases in the country, it is great to see that 94% of the Indians surveyed say that Internet has improved their lives - the highest percentage among the surveyed nations. As technology evolves, so do our people and our cyber interactions. I think that Indian people are aware of their online behavior and want to make sure that the net remains an inclusive and regulated domain,” says Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India.

 

The study was undertaken by Penn Schoen Berland in Singapore and surveyed 401 people across India (100), Malaysia (100), Thailand (101), and Singapore (100). The results reveal that Asia is unified in many aspects; but additionally illustrate unique country-specific differences. For example, net profanity is not a big concern for Indian online citizens at a low 4% of annoyance, versus a large 43% in Thailand and 39% in Malaysia. 

Net Addiction
Per the survey, a majority of Indians, 65%, agree to the statement: “I am an Internet addict.” And it is worth noting that while both the majority of men and women agreed with the statement, slightly more females surveyed regionally felt addicted than their male counterparts. 

Females also reported to spending more time online than men with 21% of online two hours per day for personal reasons–equating to a mammoth 730 hours per year. In parallel, men reported to accessing the Internet more regularly than females with 89% accessing it ‘many times a day outside of work purposes’.


Indians like Facebook for Looking, not Seeking Compassion
Indian online users were characterized by the findings as being not concerned with online expletives, but uniquely annoyed by seeking sympathy, posting selfies and spreading false rumors on the net. A noteworthy 28% of Indians say that sympathy-seeking posts on Facebook are very irritating contrasted with the regional average of 14%. And India was the only surveyed country to list this in their top five most annoying online habits.  


But when then asked which online annoying behaviors respondents have personally engaged in themselves, Indians admitted to being most guilty of Facebook voyeurism (looking but not posting) and sending e-Cards: at a shared 23%. Sending e-Cards online again had a distinctively high ranking for Indians against the regional average of 13%, where it did not rank in the top five amongst the other three countries. 14% Indians also said that they indulged in posting food pictures and sending online game invites.  

And while attesting to the love of food in Asia, all countries admitted to high levels of sharing snaps of food, women regionally overall were more likely to post pictures of food (31% versus 23% for men).  Gender breakdowns also revealed behavioral nuances and potential correlations in behavior. Two-thirds of respondents admitting to excessively posting selfies on the net were female, whereas the majority of respondents engaging in Facebook voyeurism are male. But selfie-takers beware! Indian respondents rated this activity much higher in the annoyance stakes than the other three nations – 33% annoyance in India, against just 21% regional average. 

 

Internet for the Better
Despite worst Internet annoyances, the survey also found that a resounding 94% of Indians say the Internet has improved their lives, and 83% of respondents stated that social media in India has helped them to strengthen relationships with friends and family. 

In terms of curbing perceived annoying behavior, the survey reveals Indian people believe it requires a combination of government regulation and parental intervention. Markedly, 20% of Indians feel that government-run education programs should be utilized to improve Internet etiquette – much higher than the regional average of 12%. While 27% of Indians feel that online behavior is the responsibility of parents who need to talk to their children about the Internet. 


“With Telenor’s strategy of Internet for All and goal of achieving 200 million active internet users by 2017, we will see many first-time internet users in Asia over the coming years. As more people access the internet it will be interesting to see how netiquette evolves, just as the world does. As for selfies and cat pictures - I would not be surprised if the next billion people connected turn out to be more sophisticated than us!” added Karianne Melleby, VP Head of Global Partnerships, Telenor Digital AS.

 

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Telenor India today announced that it has crossed more than five million enrollments for its life insurance cover scheme.

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Telenor enrolls 5 million users for free life insurance

 

•    1.5 million users given insurance cover in October 
•    Offers two months of free cover to all new customers
•    No premium to be paid by Telenor customer

NEW DELHI, 13 NOVEMBER, 2015: Telenor India today announced that it has crossed more than five million enrollments for its life insurance cover scheme. Telenor has also issued 1.5 million free life insurance to its enrolled users in October. 


The free life insurance scheme is a first of its kind initiative by Telenor India launched in September for Telenor’s existing 47.78 million as well as potential customers across its six operating circles. With this inititaive Telenor has fully aligned itself with the government’s agenda of financial inclusion for the masses.


Talking about the high levels of interest shown by subscribers in the offer, Upanga Dutta, chief marketing officer, Telenor India said, “We are a highly customer centric company that has worked to bring the full benefits of mobile and Internet to its customers. We have combined technology with financial security to market a product through our distribution channels. This reinforces our stand of bringing more value on every trasanction.”


Telenor is offering life insurance for free to all active customers of the company. By spending on regular recharges with a small incremental value, Telenor consumers will get the  benefit of an life Insurance cover, which will be a hundred times of the monthly recharge value and up to a maximum of Rs 50,000. This is Telenor’s innovative customer centric scheme to be able to offer greater value.  It would help contribute meaningfully to the financial inclusion agenda of the government ensuring financial security for family members.


Industry estimates show that currently less than 7% of India’s population has an insurance cover of any type. The primary reasons for the low penetration are issues like lack of awareness, cumbersome enrollment process, cost of insurance and lack of trust. Lack of distribution network has also restricted insurance products becoming popular and pervasive. Telenor’s insurance scheme has been designed to address all these issues. 


Telenor India has taken a promise to offer additional value, and make its propositions simple and fair for all customers. To ensure more value for money to our mass market customers, we have tied up with our partners to offer Insurance which is easy to get and simple to understand. 


Customers can avail this service by calling customer call center or dial the self help menu *121# or opt-in for it by approaching any of the 2000 Telenor stores. For every recharge done by the customer, a 100X insurance cover will be provided to him. For customers availing this offer, there is no separate documentation required. 


Telenor will work with Shriram Life Insurance and MicroEnsure to take the initiative to the masses. At each customer touch point, trained staff will be available to educate the customers and address their queries. In the unfortunate incident of death of a customer, the claim will be processed by submitting relevant documents like the death certificate, nominee id proof and the SIM card. The settlement will be done within seven days of submission of all relevant documents.


In August this year Telenor Group had got an “in-principle” approval from Reserve Bank of India to the joint application of Dilip Shanghvi Family & Associates (DSA) and IDFC to set up a payment bank in India. With this Telenor will be able to offer mobile banking solutions and extend the benefits of banking to the unbanked. Telenor is preparing to launch mobile banking services soon.
 

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Delhi students to represent India at Telenor Youth Forum in Norway

  • Kaarika Das and Abhishek Kaushal win places at the thought leadership forum on #KnowledgeForAll
  • To join 25 innovators from 13 countries to discuss use of mobile technology to improve access to knowledge

 

NEW DELHI, 1 NOVEMBER 2015: What do Kaarika and Abhishek from India have in common? They’re both young and extremely passionate about increasing access to knowledge through digital and mobile technology. They are amongst the 25 delegates who will join this year’s Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo (#TYF15). The annual event, which coincides with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony week, has the theme of #KnowledgeForAll this year.

“Our delegates bring unique ideas and thoughts based on multiple perspectives and that are rooted in a range of societal challenges. Most importantly, they see opportunities where others see barriers to making an impact. We want to engage with them to discuss and explore how Telenor and mobile technology can be part of driving inclusive change and improving access to knowledge,” says Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.

The chosen delegates, 14 women and 11 men aged 18-28, are born into a digital age that encourages and enables untraditional and innovative solutions to societal challenges. An international selection panel consisting of representatives from civil society, academia and Telenor top management selected the final delegates from close to 2,000 applicants in 13 countries.

Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India says, “These young leaders are the custodians of a digitally empowered society. Telenor Youth Forum offers a global platform to present their ideas of inclusive growth and change. At Telenor India, we are committed to build a digital future for India and believe that mobile technology will be a catalyst for development of our society. I congratulate the participants for representing India at such a prestigious global platform.”

21-year-old Kaarika Das is a graduate in economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, and is currently pursuing a part time language course from St. Stephens, University of Delhi. Kaarika presented her app ‘Teleshiksha’ that provides a social platform to enable collaborative sharing of video courses. Teleshiksha will enable anyone with a mobile and Internet connection to build knowledge through access to publicly shared curriculums for free. The app has been designed to be used by not only individuals but also by educational institutions to reach a wider audience.

Abhishek Kaushal, 26-year-old IIM Ranchi graduate, was selected for his presentation on how Internet facilitates behavioural medicine through digital therapeutics. As 80% of diabetes occurs due to unhealthy lifestyle, Abhishek offered a solution to change one’s lifestyle digitally through a mobile app called ‘E-coach’. This app will create awareness on food habits and healthy living. It will also track user’s daily activity levels, sleep patterns, heart rate and weight all seamlessly getting uploaded to the mobile App through wearable health band and Bluetooth enabled weighing scale.

This is the third consecutive year of Telenor India participating in the Telenor Youth Forum, which till 2014 was known as Telenor Youth Summit.

“Universal access to education is in our grasp”

Telenor has invited a range of high-level and inspiring speakers for the Forum programme, who all share a passion for knowledge and increasing access to learning. A keynote address will be given by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia.

 

“I'm excited to be participating in this year’s Telenor Youth Forum.  The youth are the future, mobile is the future. The dream of universal access to education is in our grasp," says Wales.

Other speakers include:

  • Justin Ferrell, award-winning journalist & design-thinker, Stanford University’s d.school 
  • Torbjørn Røe-Isaksen, Norwegian Minister for Education and Research
  • Santeri Koivisto from edugaming innovation MinecraftEdu
  • Laila Bokhari, Norwegian State Secretary & owner of an all-girls’ school in Sultanabad, Pakistan
  • Tim Aye-Hardy, founder of Myanmar mobile education project, myME
  • Zihad Zaman, Jaago Foundation, which runs online schools with Grameenphone, Telenor Group’s company in Bangladesh
  • Kelly Steen from Canadian storytelling start-up Wattpad
  • Julia Firestone, Global Business Coalition for Education’s Global Education Platform
  • Stefan Velja, young innovator from Serbia & gold medal winner at Brussels Innova 2014

 

Empowering a generation of digital natives

Telenor Youth Forum is a global platform where young opinion leaders from Asia and Europe meet to build bridges across borders through innovative ideas, solidarity and exchange of knowledge and thoughts.

"It’s a goal of ours to encourage young people to raise their voice for issues that matter, such as access to education and knowledge for all. The Nobel Peace Center is happy to once again partner with the Telenor Youth Forum because it gives a global stage to some of the most creative, passionate and optimistic of these voices. They have the chance to be part of a global fraternity of gifted young people with ideas and a drive to keep us all moving forward – towards peace and knowledge for all," says Executive Director Bente Erichsen of the Nobel Peace Center.

 

 

 

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Telenor Group reported third-quarter results at its company headquarters in Oslo, Norway today.

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Telenor Group reports Q3 2015 results

NEW DELHI, 28 OCTOBER 2015: Telenor Group reported third-quarter results at its company headquarters in Oslo, Norway today.

To find out more about the company’s Group results please visit:

 

http://www.telenor.com/investors/reports/2015/telenors-results-for-the-3rd-quarter-2015/

http://www.telenor.com/media/press-releases/

As part of the Telenor Group financial report, you can find figures for Telenor India on Page 7.

Commenting on the results Vivek Sood, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications said:

“Telenor added 1 million subscriptions in India during the third quarter. At the end of September, the subscription base was 19% higher than the same quarter last year. The company continues to build on Internet users as part of Internet for All strategy and reported 41% increase in data users year-on-year. Currently Telenor has over 22% of users accessing data services on its network. 

In September, Telenor India acquired a refreshed brand identity and extended its commitment to deliver excellence through fair and easy services while retaining its Sabse Sasta position in the market. However, the rebranding related cost resulted in the EBITDA for the full quarter turning negative. Excluding the one-offs Telenor continues to report second quarter of positive EBITDA.

Post the brand name refresh, we have reinforced our strategy of being most an affordable and value centric brand. Our customer centric approach and high level of transparency has established us as a trusted telecom operator in the market. The free life insurance offering is a step towards expanding security net to mass market.

Telenor is showing a positive growth trends. We have taken cognizance of the data consumption trends and through our network modernization project we are getting future ready to deliver high-speed Internet services to further delight our customers relevant services.”

 

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Telenor India today inaugurated an all women contact centre in Jamshedpur. 

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Telenor inaugurates all women call center in Jamshedpur

•    Center to serve company’s customers of Bihar & Jharkhand. 
•    Aims to create employment opportunities in rural areas of the circle
•    Partners with Tata BSS to manage the facility

Jamshedpur, October 16, 2015: Telenor India today inaugurated an all women contact centre in Jamshedpur. This facility will not only serve Telenor customers better but will also empower women based out of rural areas of Bihar and Jharkhand by offering them employment opportunities in the IT sector. 

Telenor has taken a conscious step to promote diversity in its workforce and aims to have at least 50% women when hiring new employees for next few years. The all women call centerin Jamshedpur is a step towards this goal. The centerwill cater to the queries of Telenor subscribers in Bihar and Jharkhand for which they can call on 121. Currently, this center operates from 7 AM to 8 PM and has a capacity of 425 seats. The facility will be managed by Tata-BSS.

On this occasion, A.E.A Jameel, Circle Business Head, Bihar and Jharkhand, Telenor India said, “After the success of DIAL, a call center in Patna with women employees from the area, we are pleased to open another new call center in Jamshedpur. With this facility, we will provide employment opportunities to the women and making them self-dependent. As part of our customer centric approach, our intent has always been to resolve queries of our customers in the fastest time possible. This call center is one of such initiative to provide enhanced and consistent customer experience across all touch points.” 

Apart from DIAL and Jamshedpur call centers, Telenor India operates two more centers either fully or partially managed by women at Solan in Himachal Pradesh and near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. These centers have yielded better results in customer experience. Basis an internal assessment, the customer satisfaction score has improved by 5%, call quality scores and resolution rates have increased by 10% and the repeat calls have gone down by 10% at these centers.

Telenor has provided safe working environment to women employees and ensured complete adherence to the safety and security norms with regular HSSE (Health/safety/security/environment) measures. Women employees at the call centre will be provided transport facility in during late working hours.

Telenor India believes in the importance of diversity at workplace and the role it plays in increasing productivity and efficiencies within the organization. The company has been encouraging gender diversity and promoting sensitization to biases against women at workplace through initiatives like Inner Katha – a theatre based experiential programme.

The company also has an all-women operated call centre named DIAL in Patna. This call centre supports “Project Sampark” thattargets to reduce ‘mobile gender gap’ and increase rural women’s access to mobile phones. Recently, Telenor also announced six month paid maternity leave in order to retain its women employees. 

 

Sharad Mehrotra appointed CEO ...

  • Vivek Sood appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in Telenor Group

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Sharad Mehrotra appointed CEO of Telenor India

  • Vivek Sood appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in Telenor Group
  • Sharad Mehrotra and Vivek Sood will be members of Telenor Group’s executive management

 

(Delhi 12. October 2015) Telenor India today announced that it has appointed Sharad Mehrotra as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Mehrotra will succeed Vivek Sood who has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in Telenor Group. Both appointments will be effective from 1 November 2015.  

 

“I am pleased to welcome Sharad as CEO of Telenor India. He has extensive knowledge about the Indian telecom market, and international experience from other Telenor operations. I am confident that he will return to India with strong ambition to further develop the company as a profitable operator, and the preferred choice for the mass market“, said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

 

Sharad Mehrotra comes from the position as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telenor Myanmar, where he has played a key role in the successful launch of Telenor’s mobile services. In less than one year, Telenor Myanmar has positioned itself as one of the country’s most visible brands, adding more than 10 million customers and established over 50 000 points of sales. Before joining Telenor Myanmar, Sharad served as Head of Telenor Group's Asia Distribution program driving regional synergies and scale. Sharad also played a key role in the establishment of Uninor, as part of the management from 2008 to 2013. 

 

“India is one of the most competitive mobile markets in the world, and Telenor India has rapidly grown into a top position in the areas where we operate. I look forward to work with Telenor India’s passionate and highly dedicated team to continue being best on basic services and deliver internet for all”, says Sharad Mehrotra, incoming CEO of Telenor India.

 

Vivek Sood has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in Telenor Group. In his new role Vivek will be responsible for strengthening Telenor Group’s focus on and ability to improve customer journeys, ensure continued innovation, and create value from digital data growth. As CEO of Telenor India, Sharad will also be a member of Telenor Group’s executive management. 

Telenor strengthens value prop...

  • Telenor insurance gives protection up to 100 times the value of recharge 
  • Offers two months of free cover to all new custom...

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Telenor strengthens value proposition by offering free life insurance cover to consumers

 HYDERABAD , 7TH OCTOBER 2015:

  • Telenor insurance gives protection up to 100 times the value of recharge 
  • Offers two months of free cover to all new customers
  • Maximum cover of Rs 50,000 per connection for a month
  • No premium to be paid by customers

In a first of its kind initiative in the telecom industry, Telenor India today announced free life insurance cover for its existing 47.55 million as well as potential new customers across its six operating circles.

Telenor will offer life insurance for free to all active customers of the company. By spending on regular recharges with a small incremental value, Telenor consumers will get the  benefit of an life Insurance cover, which will be a hundred times of the monthly recharge value and up to a maximum of Rs 50,000. This is Telenor’s innovative customer centric scheme to be able to offer greater value.  It would help contribute meaningfully to the financial inclusion agenda of the government ensuring financial security for family members.

Currently in India only 3.9% of the population has a insurance cover of any type. The primary reasons for the low penetration are issues like lack of awareness, cumbersome enrollment process, cost of insurance and lack of trust. Lack of distribution network has also restricted insurance products becoming popular and pervasive. Telenor’s insurance scheme has been designed to address all these issues.

Unveiling this industry first initiative, Mr. Vivek Sood, CEO, Telenor India said, “This is an innovative product that will bridge the disparity in access to life insurance among the low and middle-income individuals. With insurance penetration being very low in the country, our scheme has the potential to empower society through financial security. Our deep understanding of mass-market consumers behavior, a huge retail network and efforts to create awareness around services beyond basic voice will enable us to remove persistent financial risks faced by our customers. With the life insurance offer, Telenor will create a unique differentiation in financial services just like we have done with our affordable mobile service.”

Telenor India has taken a promise to offer additional value, and make its propositions simple and fair for all customers. To ensure more value for money to our mass market customers, we have tied up with our partners to offer Insurance which is easy to get and simple to understand.

Customers can avail this service by calling customer call center or dial the self help menu *121# or opt-in for it by approaching any of the 2100 Telenor stores. For every recharge done by the customer, a 100X insurance cover will be provided to him. For customers availing this offer, there is no separate documentation required.

Telenor will work with Shriram Life Insurance and MicroEnsure to take the initiative to the masses. At each customer touch point, trained staff will be available to educate the customers and address their queries. In the unfortunate incident of death of a customer, the claim will be processed by submitting relevant documents like the death certificate, nominee id proof and the SIM card. The settlement will be done within seven days of submission of all relevant documents.

Shriram Life has a rich experience in insurance business and has already insured more than 1 crore lives. With an average ticket size of Rs 13000, Shriram Life has been focusing on mass market and has carved a distinct market position among the private insurers.

Commenting on the new venture Mr. Manoj Jain, CEO, Shriram Life Insurance  said, “This is a win win partnership to  extend the benefits of insurance to the socially weaker segment especially in rural areas. The reach of Telenor India and the expertise of MicroEnsure in micro-insurance, together with Shriram Life “ Aam Aadmi” approach will play the role of a catalyst in making available affordable life insurance and mitigate the risks of a common man.”

Richard Leftley, CEO, MicroEnsure said, “Embedded insurance products cast a wider financial net, wide enough to catch the poor but without the limitations of traditional marketing and sales processes. With this venture we look forward to creating a powerful driver of core business for our partners and whilst mitigating risks for millions of consumers in India. With this initiative we hope to set new benchmarks.”

MicroEnsure will help in designing these mass-market insurance products and provide on-going operational support required to make a digital product work. It is the world’s first and largest organisation whose exclusive focus is to address the mass market’s need to mitigate risk. MicroEnsure serves 15 million people in 17 countries around the world with insurance, the majority of whom have never before been insured.

In August this year Telenor Group had got an “in-principle” approval from Reserve Bank of India to the joint application of Dilip Shanghvi Family & Associates (DSA) and IDFC to set up a payment bank in India. With this Telenor will be able to offer mobile banking solutions and extend the benefits of banking to the unbanked. Telenor is preparing to launch mobile banking services soon.

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Telenor Group has adopted a six-month paid maternity leave policy

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Telenor India adopts 6-month paid maternity leave policy

NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2015: In line with a corporate vision of encouraging diversity and developing more female leadership in business and society, Telenor Group has adopted a six-month paid maternity leave policy as a minimum standard globally across its 13 markets. The new policy will particularly benefit Telenor’s Asian markets. The current practices in Europe, on par or above the newly proposed initiative, will be continued. 

The decision represents a major step forward in creating an equitable work-life balance for employees within the telecommunications industry. In Telenor’s Asia operations, with the exception of Bangladesh, female employees are currently entitled to less than six months of funded maternity leave per local regulations and personnel practices. As a result, women may decide to leave the workforce to have children, and as internal Telenor surveys reveal, some may not return, resulting in lost leadership opportunities and cost from staff turnover. 

The new policy will take effect from January 1, 2016. Approximately 36% of Telenor’s global workforce of around 34,000 people is women. 

“This is about strengthening Telenor’s competitiveness in the markets where we operate. In order to do that, we rely on attracting the best talent from diverse backgrounds. We know that a diverse workforce drives innovation and better performance. With the goal of ensuring that our organization better reflects the world we live in, and in order to attract, retain, and develop female leadership talent, we are instituting a minimum six-month paid maternity leave as standard for our employees everywhere we operate. This will represent a significant difference in markets such as Thailand and India, where local regulations require only three months of maternity leave. We consider it a highly strategic move, both from a societal and a business perspective,” said President and CEO of Telenor Group, Sigve Brekke.

Vivek Sood, CEO of Telenor India said, “We are extremely proud to institute the new global six-month standard maternity leave here in India. It is our goal to attract and retain the best of Indian talent, male or female, and we are confident that the revised maternity leave policy will make Telenor not only a very attractive place to work for men and women, but also a place in which women can build careers and continue to fill the ranks of our leadership.”

Telenor India has a flexi timings and work from home policy. This allows employees to work from home up to four days in a month. 

The recent McKinsey and Co. research paper Diversity Matters (2014) suggests that diversity in the workplace provides multiple business advantages in talent recruitment, greater customer orientation, increased employee satisfaction, better decision making, enhanced innovation, and improved financial performance. Per the study’s findings, companies in the top quartile of diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. 

“We are confident that that the costs of an improved maternity leave policy are outweighed by the savings of reduced staff turnover and the increased competitiveness we anticipate from a more diverse and equitable workplace,” Brekke concluded. 

 

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  • Launches #TellEveryone and #GlobalGoals campaign to spread the message

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Telenor India supports new UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Telenor India supports new UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development

 

  • Launches #TellEveryone and #GlobalGoals campaign to spread the message
  • Uses SMS and social media to reach out to customers and employees

 

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015: Telenor India is proud to support United Nations’ 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. These new goals have been marked as the most important to-do list in history. Telenor will spread the message around the goals to its 3,500 employees and reach out to its 48 million customers through its key communications channels, such as SMS and social media.

Last week United Nations launched these Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things over the next 15 years. 193 world leaders have committed to get these done – across countries for all people. The three big targets are: End extreme poverty, Fight inequality & injustice and Fix climate change.

“By extending Internet connectivity to as many people as possible, we enable access to vital services, such as health and education, whilst also contributing to the UN’s Global Goals. By harnessing our core business, we empower societies to deliver on many of the goals. To us this is about creating shared value,” says Vivek Sood, CEO of Telenor India.

The Global Goals are important and resonate with Telenor’s own ambition to connect 50 per cent of its customer base to the Internet by 2017, opening access to knowledge, opportunities and vital services that can bring a better future for everyone. Telenor’s ambition this week is to raise awareness of the goals among its 33,000 employees and 189 million customers spread in 13 countries.

Telenor in India is also stepping up its efforts in bridging mobile gender gap through Project Sampark, supporting the UN’s goal of Gender Equality. In Bangladesh, Grameenphone is developing new mobile health services and in other Telenor business units ‘Big Data’ has been harvested to fight the spread of epidemic diseases like Dengue. In India too, Telenor is launching a project to use Big Data to deal with impact of natural calamities.

Telenor has taken a customer centric approach to ensure that they get the full benefits of being connected. To achieve this, the company collaborates with local and global partners, such as UNICEF, to promote sustainable development that leverages mobile technology.

The current campaign is to ensure that everyone knows about the UN Global Goals and understands them to make it a success. Purpose of the messaging and social media campaign is to tell maximum people about them because the more people know about them, the more successful they will be.

Join Telenor in spreading the word about #GlobalGoals and #TellEveryone at http://www.telenor.com/sustainability/global-goals/.

 

Uninor unveils new global iden...

Extends ‘Sabse Sasta’ position by bringing  ‘More Value’ for mass market consumers

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Uninor unveils new global identity, changes brand name to Telenor

  • Extends ‘Sabse Sasta’ position by bringing  ‘More Value’ for mass market consumers

  • Kicks off a 360 degree campaign with new tag line Ab life full paisa vasool

  • Modernizes entire network to be future ready

  • Communicates reimbursement for call drop and extends to STD and ISD in addition to local

 

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2015: Telenor India introduced a refreshed brand identity today. The company has retained its prominent position as Sabse Sasta (most affordable) operator and has extended its commitment to deliver excellence through fair and easy services.

 

With a brand new philosophy of delivering more value for money through a well-crafted campaign tag line “Ab life full paisa vasool”, Telenor builds on the promise to offer more for less in each transaction. The company has taken a strong customer centric approach through industry-first initiatives like compensation for call drop.

 

With a promise to be the best in basic services including voice and Internet for mass-market customer, Telenor India will invest significantly in transforming its network and retail presence across circles. By modernizing the entire network for advanced technology solutions, it is preparing to offer high-speed Internet services for mass-market consumers in future. 

 

Telenor India is the fastest growing mobile operator in the six circles and has grown to take the 4th position in revenue and customer market share.

 

Speaking at the launch event, Morten Karlsen Sorby, Telenor Group’s Head of Region Asia said, “As one of the

 

world’s largest telecom companies with operations in 13 countries, Telenor Group pursues a strategy of being the best at understanding and meeting customer needs.  The brand change is a reflection of our commitment to India and our mass market consumers as we promise to offer superior value in meeting their evolving needs through affordable, easy to use and fair means.”

 

To our 3500 employees in India, today marks an important name change. But let there be no doubt that they have been part of the Telenor family from day one,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby.

 

Unveiling the new brand, Vivek Sood, CEO, Telenor India stated, “The new identity makes us a part of a global organization with 160 years of heritage in empowering societies through advanced telecom services across Europe and Asia. We will continue to offer the most affordable services and deliver innovative solutions like call drop reimbursement, customized product offers and build excellence in customer service through easy and fair means using digital and self help solutions.”

 

Earlier this year the company transformed all its call centers and introduced cutting edge tools to improve customer service. The multilingual *121# self-help menu, single IVR systems and better training of staff on quick resolution of issues has enhanced customer experience. These changes empower customers with ease of use and offers convenience. On the other hand the company has launched innovative products like Rocket Recharge that offers customized tariff plans based on customers usage pattern.

 

Announcing the change, Telenor India introduced distinct propositions that are at the core of company’s brand promise to give added value to customers for a differentiated experience:

 

  • Call drop reimbursements: It has extended the offer to all calls – Local, STD and ISD

  • Most affordable solutions: Continues to offer the best tariffs for basic internet and voice services

  • Multilingual self help: Offers easy to use and convenient customer support through improved *121# menu

  • Renewed Rocket Recharges: Better and more value providing plans that are customized basis past usage for every customer 

    Telenor also released a 360 degree advertisement campaign with a clear position to create value through a popular expression – “Ab life full paisa vasool”. With this Telenor India is geared to take a strong position in the industry with a fresh brand promise.

    Elaborating on the new brand strategy of the company, Upanga Dutta, CMO, Telenor India said, “The new brand campaign depicts the spirit of Telenor brand that believes in delivering more for less for our customers. We aim to deliver innovative products to delight our customers, be it through most affordable prices, simple services or easy to understand product offers. We believe tat this new brand position will appeal to the existing customer segments and will also attract a wider segment of audience.”

 

Last year Norway-based Telenor Group had increased its stake in the Indian entity to 100% and earlier this month had changed the name of the company from Telewings Communications Services to Telenor (India) Communications.

 

 

mTutor to represent India at D...

Uninor declared mTutor as the winner of Digital Winners India contest 2015. 

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mTutor to represent India at Digital Winners Conference in Oslo

  • The technical education app to compete for ‘Best App in Asia’

 

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2015: Uninor declared mTutor as the winner of Digital Winners India contest 2015. Velayutham Sundaramoorthy, founder director of mTutor, will represent India at the Digital Winners conference in Oslo, Norway. mTutor will now contest for ‘Best App in Asia’ in education at the conference to be held between October 21-22.

mTutor offers Internet-based technical education both on computers as well as mobile devices. It is promoted by the founders of Chennai-based Symbiotic Infotech, one of the largest value added services provider in the telecom sector.

Declaring the winner Vivek Sood, chief executive officer, Uninor said, “Digital Winners celebrates innovation and recognizes the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country. Through this contest we try to identify ideas and initiatives that have the potential to create a positive impact on society at large. This is our way to align Telenor’s ‘Internet for All’ ambition with Prime Ministers Digital India mission. All the entries received at Digital Winners had the potential to improve lives in an Interne enabled era. I congratulate mTutor on winning the contest.”

mTutor is an application oriented tutorial app that helps students learn concepts of every topics of engineering. The content for the app has been created by professors from leading institutions and reviewed by professors from IIT and NIT’s. Apart from English and Hindi, the app offers options of Tamil, Telegu and Kannada languages as medium of instruction. M-Tutor allows students to get connected with university students, leading faculties in the country and also potential employers. mTutor has signed MOU’s with 10 leading universities in India for theirs students to use the app.

“The prime objective of mTutor app is to make students passionate about what they learn and make them employable, there by addressing the burgeoning problem in emerging nations. It is a first step to learning social. We are very happy to have been selected to represent India at the Digital Winners Conference and take this app to a global audience,” said Velayutham.

mTutor was selected the winner from 71 applications shortlisted from nearly 200 proposals that were submitted by entrepreneurs, experts and students from all over the country. The theme for this years Digital Winners was ‘Education’.

Nishchint, a parental education and monitor application, by Dubai-based Raghav Mimani was the first runner up. Gaurav Kakkar, founder of Spayee app, was the second runner up. This app has been designed for Tier-II / III cities and rural students who want to prepare for civil services and other competitive exams but do not have access to quality study material and costly coaching centers. It is specifically designed to run on 2G Internet and consumes minimum data.

At the Digital Winners conference over the course of two days, more than 40 speakers will share fresh and thought provoking perspectives on innovation and digital business opportunities. In addition to bringing the latest thought leadership to more than 300 senior executives, Digital Winners will also showcase top entrepreneurs and startups with our annual Digital Winners Awards. The winner of the ‘Best App in Asia’ will get a cash reward of NoK 100,000.  This is in addition to the support and mentoring by Telenor’s digital team on developing and taking forward the business case.

Last year Raghu Kanchustambham’s mobile app Livelihood 360 (L360) was judged as the ‘Best App in Asia’ out of the six nominated Asia region contestants. The winning application Livelihood 360 is based on rural Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform and supports livelihoods associated with agriculture. It supports livelihoods associated with agriculture. Raghu is the founder of the Hyderabad-based start-up Concept Waves and his app has been adopted by over 12,000 farmers across 658 villages in the Araku Valley region in of Andhra Pradesh.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

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Uninor, a group company of Norway-based Telenor Group, today announced the launch of Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) 2015 in India.

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Uninor invites application for Telenor Youth Forum

  • TYF 2015 calls youth to submit their ideas on ‘Knowledge for all’
  • Two winners to represent India at the global forum in Oslo, Norway
  • Offers a global platform for young opinion leaders to connect and share ideas for a better digital future

NEW DELHI, 7TH SEPTEMBER 2015: Uninor, a group company of Norway-based Telenor Group, today announced the launch of Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) 2015 in India. TYF offers a global stage and opportunities to meet and discuss with leaders and luminaries within their fields, and a social and professional experience of a lifetime.

This year’s theme for the Forum is  “Knowledge for All”. Applicants can submit their entries on www.telenor.com/youthforum/.  The last date for application is October 4th. 

The Telenor Youth Forum is held at Oslo in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Centre. This is the third edition of Telenor Youth Forum (it was previously known as Telenor Youth Summit). TYF gives an opportunity to millennials aged between 18 and 28 to join young opinion leaders from 13 other countries. They connect and share ideas during the Nobel Peace Prize events in December.

Announcing the launch of Telenor Youth Forum 2015 in India, Vivek Sood, Chief Executive Officer, Uninor said, “Platforms like Telenor Youth Forum work as a source of aspiration for young minds to exchange ideas on societal change and assess the impact of mobile technology. TYF will enable dialogue and communication across boundaries to foster concerted effort amongst youth towards using technology for social good. We hope to get some fresh ideas and perspective on social transformation when knowledge becomes available to all.”

TYF 2015 has a three tier shortlisting process – two in India and one at the global level – to identify the young leaders who will be a part of the Noble Peace Event at Oslo, Norway. The first level search will happen at the circle level in India where applications will be shortlisted for the National round to be held in Delhi on October 15th. From the shortlisted 7 candidates, the grand jury will recommend three leaders to the global panel.

An international selection panel of representatives from civil society, academia and Telenor top management will select the final two who will represent India at TYF. These 2 finalists will be amongst the 26 delegates from 13 countries attending the Youth Forum in Oslo, Norway.

“We believe youth, growing up in a connected and digital time, are uniquely positioned to predict and advise on how to build a better digital future for all. With the Telenor Youth Forum, we gather young people from the Nordics, Europe and Asia to connect and share views and perspectives on the challenges and benefits facing an increasingly connected world. We are looking forward to welcoming two participants from each of the 13 countries we operate in, to an eventful Youth Forum during the Nobel Peace Prize week in Oslo in December,” said Telenor Group’s Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs, Katja Nordgaard. 

Ideal candidates for the Oslo event are young opinion shapers, with fresh perspectives and strong voices. Expertise within a given field is not required, but proficiency in English and interesting insights into how digital communication impacts people, learning and society at large is expected.

Some of the questions Telenor hopes to answer with the help of participants at the Telenor Youth Forum 2015 are as follows: How will access to information and knowledge impact people, business and communities? What is the role of technology in bringing knowledge for all, and are there really limits to what technology can achieve?

The finalist will be judged basis the importance of mobile Internet element to the overall proposed solution, importance of social cause addressed, benefits of the idea impacting masses, ideas and thoughts, command on English language, Presentation skills, Exhibits confidence, relevance to topic, Structure, creativity and communication of Idea. The Telenor Youth Forum calls digital inhabitants to use technology differently and find successful solutions to empower societies, address & encounter social needs and drive inclusive growth and promote meaningful dialogue for peace across the globe.

Last year, Uninor invited applications for Telenor Youth Summit through the Internet for All Challenge. The contest got over 600 entries from all over India. The three winners of the IFA Challenge were Swati Sachdeva from Ahmedabad, Nipun Matreja from Pune and Jyotsana Kalra from New Delhi. Jyotsna represented India at the Telenor Youth Summit and presented her mobile app on women safety called Safe City at the global event. The app enabled users to tag unsafe areas in a city and also has emergency buttons to call for help. Jyotsna represented India and attended the week long gathering at Oslo.

About Telenor Youth Forum:

Telenor Youth Forum is a global platform for young opinion shapers keen to transform the world – and our digital future. Organized for the third time in December 2015, in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Centre, Telenor Youth Forum invites young people up to the age of 28 from Telenor’s 13 markets across the Nordic region, Europe and Asia to connect and share ideas and opinions for a better digital future. Telenor Youth Forum is an arena built in the spirit of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize. Telenor Group has been a partner of the Nobel Peace Centre since its inception in 2005.

Join the TYF conversation on www.telenor.com/youthforum/ |

 www.facebook.com/TelenorYouthForum

or www.facebook.com/pages/Telenor-Youth-Forum-India/1518817815075497?fref=ts

About Uninor:

Uninor is a 100 percent subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services.  Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat as well as bagged licenses in Assam. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operating circles. In 2013, the company achieved the fastest break-even in just 4 years of launching its operations in India. The ‘Sabse Sasta’ (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 48 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and Internet services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

About Telenor Group:

Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 192 million subscribers across 13 markets in Europe and Asia. With the knowledge and expertise of our 33 000 employees, we provide first class infrastructure and services that make a real difference for people, business and society. By harnessing the true potential of communication, we believe 

Uninor appoints new CFO and CH...

Telewings Communications Services (Uninor), the 100 % subsidiary of Telenor Group, today announced

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Uninor appoints new CFO and CHRO

NEW DELHI, AUGUST 17 2015: Telewings Communications Services (Uninor), the 100 % subsidiary of Telenor Group, today announced the appointment of Suresh Bagrodia as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Quazi Mohammad Shahed as its Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO).

 Both Suresh and Shahed will be based at Uninor’s corporate office in Gurgaon.

“Suresh brings good finance management experience with right capabilities to set up a robust financial reporting process, policies and controls. With his proven abilities in finance, I am confident he will be able to establish an efficient financial discipline and build the organization for future to realize our Internet for All ambition,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor).

Suresh comes with extensive experience of more than 30 years in financial management and business strategy with different companies. In the last 18 years, he has been working in the telecom sector where he has proven his abilities in business partnering, negotiations, risk management, financial reporting, working capital and credit management. In his last role, Suresh worked as National Business Finance Officer of Vodafone India and had a long stint of 16 years in different capacities.

Suresh is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Calcutta University.

“I am delighted to join Uninor, an organization known for a highly motivated team and culture of transparency and empowerment. I look forward to bring value to the organization to deliver on financial goals and to contribute effectively on building organizational strength,” said Suresh.

Quazi Mohammad Shahed comes with an experience of over 26 years and has worked across geographies like South Asia, Middle East, Malaysia and UK in the leadership roles and on global projects for British American Tobacco (BAT). In his last assignment, Shahed was CHRO of Grameenphone (GP) in Bangladesh. He joined Grameenphone in November 2012.

“With his tremendous experience in HR across different markets, Shahed brings the right capabilities to develop extensive engagement programmes amongst Uninor employees. His proven expertise in HR, will help us to establish the right organizational competencies that will prepare us for the next phase of growth. I welcome both Shahed and Suresh to the Uninor family,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor).

“I am excited to be part of Uninor and look forward to be part of a highly motivated team. Passionate and inspired employees, and customer centricity are at the core of our strategy and together we will work to take our engagement levels to new height,” said Shahed. 

Shahed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from North South University, Bangladesh.

About Telewings Communications Services Pvt. Limited (Uninor):

Telewings Communications Services Pvt. Limited (Uninor) is a group company of Norway-based Telenor Group – an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services.  Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operational six circles. The ‘Sabse Sasta’ (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower over 48 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and Internet services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

Uninor partners with Huawei fo...

 Uninor, the India business unit of Norway-based Telenor Group, today signed a contract with Huawei India to modernise its entire telecom netw...

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Uninor partners with Huawei for network modernization

  • Largest single network modernization deal in telecom industry
  • Swap of entire network and consolidation of managed services
  • Upgrade all network sites across all operating circles
  • New network to be modern, efficient and future ready

NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12, 2015:  Uninor, the India business unit of Norway-based Telenor Group, today signed a contract with Huawei India to modernise its entire telecom network across all its circles. All 24000 base station will be swapped with new equipments that are the state of art modern, efficient and future ready. The deal also involves Huawei becoming the mananged services partner of Uninor. This is the largest deal of its kind in the Indian telecom industry and also within the Telenor Group. With this initiative, Uninor prepares for future to offer advanced internet services to the mass market customers. 

This network modernisation will enhance Uninor’s network capacity to offer superior experince both on voice and internet.  With energy efficient and better coverage infrastructure, Uninor will deploy green energy solutions that will optimise network cost and improve indoor coverage to further strengthen Uninor’s “Sabse Sasta” position.

Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) said, “We are glad to partner with Huawei on this transformational project that builds our network to be future ready. With this ambitious drive, we will be able to offer any advanced internet service to our customers and provide a superior experience both on voice and internet. Being a mass market player, we continue to focus on building our capabilities to offer better internet and voice services at Sabse Sasta prices.”

The project will be spread over a period of three years and aims to modernise Uninor’s existing network with Huawei’s new architecture, platforms and equipment. This will enable Uninor to be future ready to address the exponential data growth in India.

Mr. Baker Zhou, Vice President, Huawei, “It is our privilege to collaborate with Uninor India and I am happy to inform you that this is part of Huawei’s larger global Telenor partner engagement. In this project, we will modernise the existing BTS and install new single RAN green BTS which are future technology ready. This will provide superior voice and data quality, lower power consumption and better spectral efficiency. With our cutting-edge NGN and customer-centric model we will enable Uninor to a smooth transition towards future technologies.”

Under the current programme Uninor will benefit from Huawei’s “managed services” delivery system integrating multi-vendors that includes swapping of existing network with new and modern equipment, planning and optimisation, maintenance services and customer experience management. Huawei will bring its end-to-end network backbone elements to the project. This includes environment friendly green solutions that lower power consumption by almost 30% and increase spectral efficiency for a lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in overall network management.

Last year Uninor had expanded its network coverage by 30% and added 5000 sites across its six operational circles taking the network coverage to nearly 24000 sites. It continues to increase its footprint in 6 circles and will be launching commercial operation in Assam soon.

About Telewings Communications Services Pvt. Limited (Uninor):

Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) is a 100 percent subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services.  Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat as well as bagged licenses in Assam. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operating circles. In 2013, the company achieved the fastest break-even in just 4 years of launching its operations in India. The ‘Sabse Sasta’ (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 48 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and Internet services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei at www.huawei.com or follow us on http://www.linkedin.com/company/Huawei | http://www.twitter.com/Huawei

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Uninor today launched the India chapter of Digital Winners (DW) 2015 – a platform to enable youth in India to innovate mobile internet based ...

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Uninor launches Digital Winners Contest

A platform to foster local innovation by youth

• Digital Winners 2015 invites app developers to innovate for India

• Theme of contest is “Education” to enable education for all

• Winner to represent India at the Digital Winners Conference at Oslo, Norway

Uninor today launched the India chapter of Digital Winners (DW) 2015 – a platform to enable youth in India to innovate mobile internet based solutions for Indian consumers. Under this programme, the company is inviting mobile application developers to showcase their mobile apps that can impact the society and have a potential to change lives of mass market consumers.

The theme for this year’s contest is ‘Education’ and is open for participation by budding entrepreneurs and app developers to submit entries comprising apps that have the potential to build a platform for mass education.  Cool apps that have the potential to lead us into an informed and educated world population, transforming and empowering societies through mobile internet solution.

“The contest is an opportunity for Indian app developers to contribute towards social change. It is an endeavour by us to contribute towards Digital India to bridge gap between the tech world and masses to create solutions for India by India. We hope to see some path-breaking apps that helps to provide education for all,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Service Pvt. Limited (Uninor).

Uninor is committed to transform India into a knowledge economy by taking affordable mobile services to the masses. With Digital Winners the company has taken a targeted approach to foster innovation in the digital space to enhance education and skill development especially in the rural areas. This is in line with the Digital India mission by the Honourable Prime Minister of India.

“Through the Digital Winners programme, we expect to see breakthrough ideas and ingenious innovations that will solve some of country’s key challenges to boost domestic technology,” said Vivek.

The winner of Digital Winners will get an opportunity to represent India at the global Digital Winners Conference at Oslo in October 2015 and stand a chance to win cash prize of Nok 100,000.

Amaresh Kumar, Chief Product Officer, Telewings Communications Service Pvt. Limited (Uninor) said,   “Digital Winners is an initiative to take forward our mission of ‘Internet for all’. It is a testimony to our commitment to innovation and relevant services – service that really matters to the customers. Through this initiative Uninor aims to recognize tech innovators and encourage entrepreneurship in the country.” This is the second consecutive year of the contest. 

In 2014, Raghavendra Kanchustambham, Founder & CEO, Concept Waves represented India at Olso and had won the “Best App in Asia Award” for his application (Livelihood 360). Raghu’s app works on feature phones to help farmers with agriculture related information.

The resgistration for this year’s programme will start from July 8th, 2015 and will close on August 10, 2015. The top 10 shortlisted candidates’ ideas will be judged by a panel of industry experts, technology professionals, journalists and mentor on August 31, 2015.

Innovators and developers can apply online by registation online at  www.internetforall.in

About Telewings Communications Services Pvt. Limited (Uninor):

Telewings Communications Services Pvt. Limited (Uninor) is a group company of Norway-based Telenor Group – an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services.  Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operational six circles. In 2013, the company achieved the fastest break-even in just 4 years of launching its operations in India. The ‘Sabse Sasta’ (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 47.7 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and Internet services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

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Uninor has reported a positive EBITDA for second quarter of FY 2015

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Uninor delivers positive EBITDA for Q2 2015

• Revenue increases by 9% in second quarter 2015
• Subscriber base up by 22% year-on-year
• Improves customer market share to 11.5%

NEW DELHI, 22 JUNE 2015: Uninor has reported a positive EBITDA for second quarter of FY 2015. Increased revenues, improved gross margin following the mobile termination rate cut and continued initiatives around cost efficiencies helped company deliver positive EBITDA in Q2 2015. This quarter the company registered a positive EBITDA of Rs 18.8 crore.

In the quarter ending June 2015, Uninor saw an increase of 9% in revenue over same quarter last year. In line with strategy, Uninor continued with adoption of Internet by customers with 26.4% of its users accessing Internet services.

“Uninor is witnessing a strong growth momentum both on voice and Internet services, though Q2 was impacted by reduced interconnect revenue for the full quarter post change in regulated interconnect rates.  Our basic service strategy at Sabse Sasta voice and Internet tariffs has positioned Uninor as a trusted brand and helped improve customer and revenue market share. Our Internet awareness campaigns and initiatives to bring mobile Internet services to the unconnected are yielding good results. We are in the right direction to achieve our target of 50% Internet customers by 2017,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor).
 
Uninor added 2.4 million subscriptions during the second quarter. At the end of June, the subscription base was 22% higher than the same quarter last year. In the quarter ending June 2015, Uninor was number four in customer market share with over 11.5% and had 48.1 million subscribers in its six operational circles. The company has 6.5% revenue market share for quarter ending March 2015 in the six circles of operation.

The average revenue per user (ARPU) of Uninor fell by 12% to Rs 95 in the second quarter compared to same quarter last year. The decline was primarily driven by lower voice consumption and the impact from reduced mobile termination rate, partly compensated by increased data usage.


Uninor has brought high levels of transparency and has maintained a customer centric approach to delight its customers. New state of art contact centers, automated single IVRs and *121# self-help code has been made available to customers for assistance and improve the customer care experience. The *121# self-help menu has been used by over 21 million unique customers till now. As part of its network promise, Uninor has maintained a high level of network quality and gives a minute free in the unlikely event of an outgoing or roaming call gets disconnected.

The company has also taken forward its Internet for All ambition and launched Internet on Wheels. These are vans moving around the circles with trained staff spreading the awareness around benefits of Internet and mobile. It also takes the retail stores to the doorsteps of the customer. Apart from the Internet vans, more than 200 Grahak Shiksha Kendras (customer education hubs) are reaching out customers across six circles. By end of 2015, Uninor plans to open over 500 Grahak Shiksha Kendras and 50% of them are going to have women RSEs.
 
Uninor has also increased its retail and distribution footprint to go deeper and wider in its operational circles. The company now has over 376,000 point of sales and around 1,700 branded retail outlets with another 400 to be added end of this year.
 
About Telewings Communications Services (Uninor):
Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Telewings offers mobile voice and Internet services under the Uninor brand in India. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
 
Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The Sabse Sasta (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 48.1 million subscribers to enjoy benefits of basic wireless voice and data services.
 
For more information, please visit
www.uninor.in| www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 
About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 by stats\\"> markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33% in VimpelCom. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 192 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations, revenues of NOK 107 billion in FY2014, and a workforce of about 34,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

 

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Telenor Group completes 100% ownership of Telewings in India

Telenor Group announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the 26 per cent ownership stake in Telewings, held by Lakshdeep Investment & Finance. As a result, Telenor now takes full ownership of the company that operates under the brand name Uninor. The process was finalized after Telenor received approval from the Indian government's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to increase its stake from 74 per cent to 100 per cent. 

"Telenor Group has a long-term view on India, and we are encouraged by the strong growth of our Indian operation. The company continues to capture market share every month and is leading in new subscriber additions in many of its circles," said Sigve Brekke, EVP of Telenor Group and Chairman of the Board of Telewings. 

Telewings' revenues in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year have increased by more than 40 per cent. Earlier this year, the company expanded its service portfolio from voice to basic Internet services. Close to 20 per cent of the company's subscribers are now active Internet users. 

Telenor's Indian arm is present in seven circles with a total population of around 600 million people. The company has participated in two separate auctions to acquire spectrum in the range of 5 Mhz to 7.2 MHz in seven circles. With a network of more than 1,500 stores and 365,000 points of sale, Telewings has the second largest distribution network in its operating circles. The company will also launch services in Assam early next year. 

About Telenor Group 
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as (an economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q2 2014, revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013 and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor group, please visit www.telenor.com.

 

Uninor announces leadership ch...

Uninor today announced leadership changes in its three circles and the appointment of Circle Business Head (CBH)for Assam. KC Narendran Circle Busi...

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Uninor announces leadership changes in circles

• KC Narendran to take over as Circle Business Head of UP (East)

• Satish Kumar Kannan moves to UP (West) as Circle Business Head

• Anil Kumar appointed as Circle Business Head of Assam

• Shrinath Kotian appointed Circle Business Head of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Uninor today announced leadership changes in its three circles and the appointment of Circle Business Head (CBH)for Assam.

KC Narendran Circle Business Head ( CBH) of UP (West) will take over as Circle Business Head ( CBH) of UP (East) and Satish Kumar Kannan, will move to UP (West) as its Circle Business Head (CBH). Shrinath Kotian, the current sales and distribution head of Maharastra & Goa, will replace Kannan as the Circle Business Head ( CBH) of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

Uninor also announced the appointment of Anil Kumar as the Circle Business Head ( CBH ) of Assam. Assam will be commercially launched later this year.

“The current organisational changes are example of how Uninor believes in growing and developing its own people to take newer challenges. I am confident that they will do their best to further grow our business in their respective circles. I wish all of them a great success and request all of us to provide necessary support in making Uninor successful,” said Vivek Sood, chief executive officer, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor).

KC Narendran joined Uninor in 2008, and has served as CMO and head of sales & distribution in UP (W) before taking the helm. He has 23 years of experience in the telecom industry and will be now responsible for UP (East), the largest circle for Uninor. Satish is will take over UP (West) from Narendran.

Satish Kannan, the current CBH for Andhra Pradesh, has been responsible for growing Uninor business to over 5.5 million subscribers in the circle. He had earlier served as the head of marketing AP. Satish has over 18 years of experience in sales and marketing from diverse industries, primarily telecom. He had joined Uninor in 2009 from Vodafone India. He holds an engineering degree in telecommunications from University of Madras and Master of Business Administration degree from Times School of Marketing.

The new CBH of Assam, Anil Kumar, has over 18 years of experience in handling distribution, retail channels & cluster strategy. Before being elevated as Assam circle head, Kumar was the sales and distribution Head of Maharashtra and Goa circle.

Shrinath joined Uninor in 2009. He moved to M&G as sales head in October 2014 from Gujarat where he was the marketing head of circle.

All the changes are effective from June 1, 2015.

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Aging Asia Left Behind by Mobile Revolution: Telenor research Shows only 6% of mobile users in India are over 50 years

OSLO/NEW DELHI, May 21, 2015 –Telenor Group has released data from four Asian markets indicating that senior citizens are not fully receiving the benefits of the mobile Internet. While the mobile Internet continues to explode across Asia, a recent research by the Telenor Group in four of its regional markets suggests that not all citizens in these societies are receiving access to the benefits of connectivity. The research note, “The unconnected senior citizens of Asia” draws upon customer data from four Telenor markets: India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Mala ysia. The findings suggest that the senior segment in some of these markets represent as little as 2% of active mobile users, with still fewer using smartphones.

Telenor Research Highlights

  • 10% of Uninor’s users are over 45 years
  • 1% of total mobile Internet users in India are over 50 years
  • 6% of mobile users India are over 50 years
  • Basic and feature phones are prevalent among elderly
  • GDP has a strong correlation with the prevalence of mobile Internet usage

A demographic breakdown shows that only 10% of Uninor’s subscribers in India are over 45 years of age. Meanwhile, of the total mobile phone users in India, only 6% are over 50 years of age. This difference is exacerbated for mobile data users, with only 1% being 50 years or older. Generally, non-data users have a lower income profile and higher age than the average mobile user.

Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice President and Head of Asia operations, Telenor Group, says, “Given our vision of Internet for All, it is a source of concern for Telenor that senior citizens in our Asian markets are not fully receiving the benefits of the mobile internet. The Internet can be a vital way of maintaining civic participation and even receiving basic citizen services in the near future, and thus the findings should be of interest to multiple stakeholders, from policy makers to corporations, families, and individuals. This is particularly true as several Asian societies anticipate increasingly aging populations: we must work to achieve connectivity for all, not just the young.”

About Telenor
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 14 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 186 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q4 2014, revenues of NOK 107 billion in 2014, and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

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Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The Sabse Sasta (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 45.5 million subscribers to enjoy benefits of basic wireless voice and data services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

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The Board of Directors of Telenor Group (Telenor) today announces the appointment of Mr. Sigve Brekke as the company's new Group President and ...

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Sigve Brekke new Telenor Group CEO

The Board of Directors of Telenor Group (Telenor) today announces the appointment of Mr. Sigve Brekke as the company\\\\\\\\'s new Group President and Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Mr. Jon Fredrik Baksaas by 17 August 2015. Sigve Brekke is the Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor Group\\\\\\\\'s Asia operations. He joined Telenor in 1999 and has held several executive positions in the company since then. \\\\\\\\"Sigve Brekke has a solid track-record as the Head of Telenor\\\\\\\\'s Asia operations and part of Group Management since August 2008. His leading role in our Asian success story combined with his vast international experience and leadership capabilities will be of great value as the company continues its profitable growth journey,\\\\\\\\" said Svein Aaser, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Telenor Group. Sigve Brekke has been instrumental in establishing Telenor Group as a leading international mobile operator. Under Brekke\\\\\\\\'s leadership, Telenor has added more than 100 million subscribers in Asia. The value creation from Asia has been significant and the region now represents more than 40 percent of the total enterprise value of Telenor Group. Telenor is well positioned to monetise on the next growth wave - providing internet for all. \\\\\\\\"It is a great honour to be asked to lead Telenor. Our company\\\\\\\\'s Norwegian and international success is a result of Telenor Group\\\\\\\\'s ability to provide digital communication services that are valuable to our customers. Telenor\\\\\\\\'s strategy, including our financial priorities, form a solid platform for value creation for our shareholders and continued growth in Norway, Europe and Asia. We are poised to capture value from the opportunities arising from strong demand for internet services and I look forward to executing our strategy together with our 33,000 employees,\\\\\\\\" said Sigve Brekke. Jon Fredrik Baksaas steps down after 13 years as the company President and CEO. In September 2014, he extended his tenure for another year, until the end of 2015. In preparation of Baksaas\\\\\\\\' retirement, Telenor\\\\\\\\'s Board of Directors initiated a thorough process with a broad set of internal and external candidates to find his successor. Baksaas will continue as advisor to the Board of Directors until the end of 2016 and will serve as Chairman of GSMA, the global industry organisation for mobile operators. \\\\\\\\"Jon Fredrik Baksaas has internationalised Telenor and transformed us into a modern, world-class telecom company and widely known consumer brand originating from Norway. I believe Fredrik is one of the most important industry leaders in Norway in modern times,\\\\\\\\" said Svein Aaser. Jon Fredrik Baksaas has served as President and CEO of Telenor Group since June 2002. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Baksaas served as Telenor\\\\\\\\'s Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Under his leadership, Telenor has grown substantially both in terms of number of customers, revenue and market value. Telenor is a leading mobile telecom company with mobile operations in 13 markets and 192 million mobile subscriptions worldwide. Revenues have increased from NOK 49 billion to NOK 107 billion and market capitalisation from NOK 45 billion to NOK 270 billion during Baksaas\\\\\\\\' leadership. A significant contributor to this development has been the company\\\\\\\\'s growth in Asia. \\\\\\\\"To lead Telenor during a period of rapid growth and major technological changes has been both exciting and rewarding. In Sigve Brekke, the Board of Directors has found the perfect candidate to continue Telenor\\\\\\\\'s growth and value creation. We have worked closely for many years, and his knowledge of the business, customer focus and hands-on management style will ensure a great future for the company,\\\\\\\\" said Jon Fredrik Baksaas. Sigve Brekke\\\\\\\\'s annual base salary will be NOK 5.9 million. In addition he will be entitled to a long-term incentive grant of 30 per cent of his annual base salary. His maximum annual bonus is 50 per cent of annual base salary. His existing pension agreement will be continued, however his pensionable income will be capped at NOK 5 million. Sigve Brekke\\\\\\\\'s retirement age is 65 years. Brekke served as the Deputy Minister (State Secretary) of Defence from 1993 to 1996. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he also served as an Associate Research Fellow. About Telenor Group Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 14 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 192 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q1 2015, revenues of NOK 107 billion in 2014, and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

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Uninor gets International Safety Awards from British Safety Council

The British Safety Council has conferred two International Safety Awards upon Telewings Communications Services (Uninor). Uninor was given International Safety Award with Distinction (100% score) and International Safety Sector Award (Financial, IT, Legal, Scientific & Technical Services) categories. 

The awards are recognition of Uninor’s commitment towards health, safety and wellbeing of its workforce for the year 2014. The award ceremony took place at Grosvenor House in London on 24 April, 2015. 

“We are honored to receive these coveted awards. As an organization, we take pride and ownership in conducting business and every employee has a strong sense of responsibility in the area of Safe and Healthy business practices. We follow a zero tolerance environment on compliance in this area, not only at our end of service delivery but follow this through to ensure our supply chain is fully aware and compliant of our values and Codes of Conduct,” said Vivek Sood, chief executive officer, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor). 

Neal Stone, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Uninor on its success and said, “All of those working at Uninor have made this award possible, which recognizes their commitment to preventing injury and ill health in the workplace. It was apparent that the winning organizations recognize the value that proportionate and sensible management of occupational health and safety risks brings to the organization, its people and society. Uninor should rightly be proud of its achievement.” 

The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards are given to organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety. The awards, now in its 57th year, is open to UK and international organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health. 

Uninor’s sustainability efforts promote a safe and health working environment, supply chain capacity building, legal compliance, business continuity and human rights through a robust integrated management system approach. As an organization, Uninor has got multiple certifications in health and safety standards. 
 

Uninor has a Site Vulnerability Assessment System, which is used to list down the different possible vulnerabilities during Real Estate acquisitions. Under this the gaps between the actual condition and the desired levels are analyzed, and inputs are provided for the required emergency arrangements. The company also has comprehensive programmes for testing the emergency arrangements such as fire protection testing & inspection, infrared Testing. 

About Uninor 
Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The Sabse Sasta (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 45.5 million subscribers to enjoy benefits of basic wireless voice and data services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.inwww.twitter.com/uninornews 

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Uninor moves towards profitable growth, revenue up by 19%

Uninor reported a 19% year-on-year increase in revenue for first quarter of FY2015. In the quarter ending March 2015, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, improved its EBITDA by 40% compare to the same period last year.

Uninor has also seen rapid adoption of Internet services by its customers with nearly 26% of its customers accessing Internet on their mobile phones. Uninor launched Sabse Sasta Internet services in April 2014 and brought a paradigm shift in the market by moving to a service pricing instead of volume based products. 

“Uninor had a strong first quarter with 19% growth in revenues and the subscription base being 26% higher than the same quarter last year. We have maintained our growth trajectory in voice and Internet services. The low cost operating model and excellence in managing network capacities allows Uninor customers to use much higher volumes of voice and internet traffic at price points substantially lower than market. In the Indian context ability to provide Sabse Sasta voice and Internet services is a position to build scale and move towards profitable growth. Network expansion last year is also yielding traction amongst customers for voice and internet service,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor). 

Uninor is number four in customer market share with over 11% of subscribers in the six operational circles at the end of February 2015. Since March 2014, the company has added over 10 million new subscriptions in its six operational circles. Uninor has over 45.5 million subscribers. The sustained business growth is a result of strong adoption of its Sabse Sasta voice and Internet services. 

Change in interconnect usage charges (IUC) rates effective March 1, 2015 had a positive effect in margins albeit at lower revenue of around 2%. 

In April, as part of its Internet for All ambition and to offer best in class customer service, Uninor launched 200 Grahak Siksha Kendra (customer education hubs). The in-house trained retail sales executives (RSEs) will facilitate in spreading awareness and educating customers on mobile technology, Internet services, features of a phone and also resolve customer problems. These education hubs are in addition to the call centers, automated single IVRs and *121# self help code available to Uninor customers for assistance. By end of 2015, Uninor plans to open over 500 Grahak Shiksha Kendras and 50% of them are going to have women RSEs. 

Uninor has also increased its retail and distribution footprint to go deeper and wider in its operational circles. The company now has over 365,000 point of sales and around 1,600 branded retail outlets with another 500 being added in the next nine months of this year. 

The company is preparing to launch Assam as its seventh circle later this year. The company acquired spectrum for Assam in 2014 auction along with additional spectrum in four of its existing circles. 
 

About Telewings Communications Services (Uninor):

Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Telewings offers mobile voice and Internet services under the Uninor brand in India. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The Sabse Sasta (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 45.5 million subscribers to enjoy benefits of basic wireless voice and data services. 

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.


 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33% in VimpelCom. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 186 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations, revenues of NOK 107 billion in FY2014, and a workforce of about 34,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

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Uninor launches Grahak Shikhsha Kendras

In a first of its kind move by an Indian telecom operator to engage with customer and educate them about mobile services, Uninor today launched Grahak Shiksha Kendras’ (customer education hubs) across all its operational circles.

Building on it’s successful mass market business model, Uninor opens 200 Grahak Shiksha Kendras (GSKs) that will act as a knowledge and awareness centers where existing and potential customers can walk in to get information related to Uninor voice and Internet services as well as resolve queries around the use of mobile phones. 

“At Telenor Group, we have a vision to empower societies through the use of mobile services. With our ambition to offer Internet for All, we believe in building and developing society through affordable mobile connectivity with reasonable and relevant services. In markets like India, we also see the need to spread awareness and educate people on how to use mobile technology, so they can enjoy and explore the full potential and use it more responsibly. The Grahak Shiksha Kendra is a step to build awareness and knowledge on how to take the full benefit of communication services in their daily lives,” said Katja Nordgaard, executive vice president and head of corporate affairs, Telenor Group

Also speaking at the launch, Vivek Sood, CEO, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) said, “As a responsible operator serving the mass market customers, we see the need to educate and hand-hold our customers on mobile internet and voice services to empower them to make the right choices about the services they activate, explore and enjoy. Through the Grahak Shiksha Kendra, we will be able to open our stores not just for sales and support but also educate the customer on using their mobile phones for relevant services, be safe and avoid transactions that are not intended. Our dedicated and trained team of Customer Relationship executives, 50% of whom are women, we will be able to make our customers confident and better informed.” 

The company will convert 200+ retail stores across its six operational circles into GSKs in the first half of FY 2015 and another 300 GSKs will come up by year end. Uninor hired dedicated Customer relationship executives to deploy them in each GSK store, 50% of these GSKs will have female customer relationship executives (CREs). Uninor developed an in-house curriculum to train its customer relationship executives for the awareness initiative at the GSK stores. The CREs will undergo a four-day training and will be fully equipped to educate customers and handle their queries. 

Consumers visiting these centers will be taken through a detailed experiential session on use of mobile phones, services available, relevant key features and safe Internet practices by trained CREs. 

“Uninor has a strategic focus of keeping the customers needs at the core of our business operations and developing products and services to fulfill these needs. GSKs are set up as we see the need to educate and build awareness in our consumers on mobile voice and Internet services. Customers will be able to interact and gain information on products, services and basic mobile functionality by the trained CREs who have been chosen after careful evaluation and trained on delivering the right information and guidance to facilitate customers to make an informed choice.” said Upanga Dutta, chief marketing officer, Telewings Communications Services (Uninor)

Last year Uninor launched the *121# self help menu for its customers. It has seen huge uptake with over 50% of its users benefitting from the services. The self-help menu is a USSD code based menu that guides the users to different kinds of information including product related queries, features and services available on their phone. 

Apart from the GSKs and easy to use self help, Uninor is also conducting workshops to make its users understand benefits of Internet and how to adopt safe Internet practices. The company has around 23% of its customer accessing Internet on its network. As part of its Internet for All ambition, Uninor targets to convert 50% of its customer base into Internet users by 2017. 

Uninor currently has over 45 million subscriptions and caters to the mass market with Sabse Sasta (most affordable) basic services. One of the youngest telecom operators in India, Uninor has worked towards offering most relevant services and products to its customers. Apart from offering most affordable voice services, Uninor had introduced service-based plans for Facebook and WhatsApp for its subscribers. The disruptive product innovation brought a paradigm shift by charging customers for the services rendered rather than the amount of data consumed. 
 

About Uninor:

Uninor is 100% owned by Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 45 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

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Uninor participates in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015

Supports the government’s digital India vision, reiterates long-term commitment to India and Gujarat market

Uninor, one of the fastest growing telecom operators in India, reiterated its long term commitment to India and the Gujarat market at the Vibrant Gujarat summit. The summit had representation from His Excellence Eivind S Homme, Norweigian Ambassador to India, Mr. Vivek Sood, CEO of Uninor, and Mr. Rituraj Kalita, Circle Business Head (CBH) Gujarat.Vivek was also amongst the top 50 global CEO’s invited to attend the ‘Global CEOs Conclave’ at the summit.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of one of the iconic summits. As a company we are committed to India for the long term. Uninor is aligned with the Government’s “Digital India” vision that aims to empower and transform lives of people through the Internet. “Internet for All” is our strategic ambition. Our target is to grow our internet subscriber base in existing circles to 50% of our user base by 2017”, said Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor.

Uninor’s Gujarat circle has 6.6 million customers and 6.4 % revenue market share (RMS) in five years of operations in India. The company holds the 4th position in Subscriber Market Share in the circle. Uninor has 3900 network sites ensuring smooth network efficiency out of this 750 network sites were the part of the 2014 expansion plan. Apart from this, Gujarat circle has close to 240 exclusive stores, over 300 distributor and more than 57000 points of sales (PoS) in the state. 

“Gujarat is an important operating circle for Uninor. As a responsible and customer focused service provider, we will continue to invest in offering enhanced services to our customers while providing a viable business model for our partners. We are committed to add value to the Telecommunication Sector by offering the most affordable voice and data services, reinforcing Uninor Etle Faydo,” said Rituraj Kalita, Circle Business Head (CBH), Gujarat, Uninor.Kalita was a part of the Norwegian Embassy delegation that met the Chief Minister, Anandi ben Patel, on Jan 12. 

Uninor has steadily increased its market share by continuing to provide market relevant services thus making telecommunication services affordable across all segments of society. With the launch of its Internet for all Strategy, the company has enabled a service-based approach to data leading to an exponential growth in the adoption of digital services among its customer base. Uninor is amongst the fastest growing telecom operators and has established itself as the customer centric brand. The partners and customers have played the most pivotal role in providing this momentumto the company.


 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

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Uninor offers access to Wikipedia for free

•   Telenor extends its relationship with the Wikimedia Foundation to India
•   No data charges for unlimited access to free online encyclopedia from mobile devices

Uninor today announced free access to Wikipedia for its Internet subscribers on their mobile devices. The initiative is part of the ongoing efforts by the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group to fulfill its Internet for All ambition. With this, Uninor aims to remove obstacles to access of relevant information by mobile users even if they can’t afford the cost of data charges.

With this offer, Internet users of Uninor will be able to access Wikipedia - the largest collection of free knowledge ever assembled with no data charges. As part of the programme, Uninor employees will engage with students and teachers to spread awareness on digital literacy with special focus on Wikipedia in the rural areas. 

“By giving free access to Wikipedia, Uninor will be able to put this repository of knowledge in the hands of the masses and empower the society. The partnership will unleash the true potential of the Internet by giving access to unlimited information to our Internet users,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor. 

“It is in line with our Internet for All strategy and an extension of our Sabse Sasta proposition for relevant content for the mass market. The free access to Wikipedia will spread the magic of knowledge and is a testimony to our efforts towards bringing affordable Internet within easy reach of all our customers.” 

In 2012, Telenor committed to bring Wikipedia to its customers free of data charges through a partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation. Following the agreement, free access to Wikipedia on mobile phones has been launched in Telenor Business units in Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Montenegro. 

“In Uninor, we have a partner that shares our vision of access to free knowledge for everybody. By promoting free access to Wikipedia, Uninor is spreading awareness and opening doors to information to people who might otherwise not have access to it,” said Carolynne Schloeder, Director of Mobile Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation. 

With the introduction of free Wikipedia and more such services in the pipeline, Uninor plans to have 50% of its users on Internet by 2017. The free access to Wikipedia will be available for three months starting April 1, 2015. 

Last year, Uninor had introduced service-based plans for Facebook and WhatsApp for its subscribers. The disruptive product innovation brought a paradigm shift by charging customers for the services rendered rather than the amount of data consumed. 
 

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.


 

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the largest collection of free knowledge ever assembled. It is a collaborative creation that has been added to and edited by more than a million people since it was created in 2001: anyone can edit it, at any time. Wikipedia attracts nearly half a billion unique visitors every month and more than 20 billion monthly page views, making it one of the most popular websites in the world. Today it contains more than 34 million articles and its content is contributed and edited by the community of more than 80,000 volunteer editors across 288 language versions.


 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 44.5 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visitwww.uninor.in |www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

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Uninor launches Swachhta Abhiyaan at Haridwar

•   Installs 100 bins at Har Ki Pauri
•   Cleanliness awareness drive for residents and pilgrims of Haridwar
•   Calls for action under ‘Uninor Ki Ichha, Haridwar ki Swachhta’ to keep the holy city clean

Uninor, 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, today launched a cleanliness and awareness drive at ‘Har Ki Pauri’ in Haridwar under its ‘Uninor Swachhta Abhiyaan’. The campaign started in presence of Shri. Manoj Garg, Mayor of Haridwar and Madan Kaushik, MLA- Haridwar.

As part of the Swachhta Abhiyaan, Uninor contributed 100 bins to be installed at the ghats to keep the surroundings clean. Uninor employees and its channel partners picked up garbage and cleaned the banks of holy river Ganga to initiate their mission of keeping the pilgrimage city clean. 

Shri Manoj Garg, Haridwar city mayor said, ‘‘We applaud Uninor’s efforts to support the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. We should realize that no individual, government, body or corporate can accomplish this mission alone. It is the responsibility of every individual to keep the surroundings clean. I would like to personally thank Uninor for this thought provoking initiative as I strongly believe that such awareness drives leave an deep impact on people’s mind”. 

Uninor has given the slogan ‘Uninor Ki Ichha, Haridwar ki Swachhta’ as a call for action to the residents of Haridwar as well as the pilgrims to keep the city clean.

KC Narendran, circle business head, Uninor UP West said, “Haridwar is a significant zone of our circle. Inclusive and sustainable business growth has been at the core of Uninor’s corporate philosophy. Programmes like Swachhta Abhiyaan are an affirmation of our commitment to give back to society. It’s a privilege and proud moment for us to align with the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat.”

Haridwar is the second city in the country where Uninor has launched its cleanliness drive. In December 2014, a similar drive was carried out in Varanasi. This year Uninor will be extending its Swachh Bharat initiatives to other cities in its six operational circles. Simultaneously, the company is working across cities on multiple initiatives like building toilets for girls in schools across UP West, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Maharashtra. In Gujarat, Uninor has been engaged in cleaning up cities and putting up dustbins in designated areas like vegetable markets, etc. 
 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 44.5 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please www.uninor.in |www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

 

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Uninor wins CRY Child Rights Champion award

WebWise recognized for spreading awareness on Safe Internet practices among children

Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has been awarded with the prestigious Child Rights Champion Award 2015 conferred by Child Rights and You (CRY). The award has been given for Uninor’s WebWise program on increasing the awareness among children and parents of the potential threats and cyber harm. The special jury award recognised Uninor’s strong commitment towards child rights in its sustainability strategy.

"We are honoured to have received the CRY child rights award for the WebWise programme. At Uninor, we firmly believe that children should be equipped not just with the means to access the Internet but with the right information and guidance to be able to safely navigate the digital world. This is especially important in India where 134 million children will get online by 2017 and of these 100 million are going to be first time users. Keeping our children safe on the Internet is our responsibility as a mobile internet service provider,” said Vivek Sood, Chief Executive Officer, Uninor.

Uninor is the first telecom operator to launch a program towards creating a Safe Internet experience for Children. WebWise program started in February 2014 with the objective of creating awareness in young children and building digital resilience. Through a school outreach program, children are equipped with practical information on building digital life skills. 

“At Uninor, the corporate responsibility program is built around creating a shared value both for business and society. Children are the future of the country and we believe telecommunications has the potential to impact and positively influence their growth. Since the internet is widely used by children for their school work and research, ensuring their safety online is primary,” said Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication officer and CSR head, Uninor

In a short span of one year, the WebWise program has reached out to 15,000 children across various schools in the six operating circles of Uninor. The ambition is to take this program to another 20,000 children in 2015. Apart from workshops and increasing school participation, Uninor is planning to take forward the Webwise programme through implementing social initiatives and a child helpline in the next phase. 

Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Generation, CRY – Child Rights and You said, “Our experience shows that whenever there is a deep commitment from corporates to work on children’s issues, the benefits are long-term and sustainable. When it comes to the telecom world, keeping the children safe is also the responsibility of the service providers. Uninor's WebWise program is a great example to show the community that while the Internet gives us great opportunities of learning and exploring new things, it is also important for us to keep the online environment safe for the children.” 

The CRY Child Rights Champion Awards has been instituted by CRY in an effort to recognize corporates that give special focus to children's rights and have demonstrated their commitment to children. The award recognizes companies who have ensured that their business policies and practices include children as an integral stakeholder. The jury for the awards deliberated on the vision, policies, significance of initiatives, Impact and sustainability of CSR strategies of different corporations


 

About WebWise:

Earlier in 2013, A Telenor Group-Boston Consulting Group study had revealed that 134 million Indian children would be active on the Internet by 2017, up from 39.5 million in 2012. This study was done in 12 countries and had showed that Indian children face the worst risk combination of high access and low resilience. 

Based on the findings of the study, Uninor saw the need to create a safe Internet environment and the WebWise program was launched in February 2014. The objective of this program is to build resilience amongst children against Internet related risks by familiarizing them with habits that can give them a safe online experience. The WebWise “ambassadors” selected from all Uninor circles conduct sessions to make children more resilient to Internet dangers like cyber stalking, cyber bullying, hacking and identity theft. Through their focused effort, the WebWise team has reached more than 15,000 children in less than one year and have made them understand the risks they put themselves at when they misuse the internet.


 

About CRY:

CRY – Child Rights and You (formerly known as Child Relief and You) is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, to learn, grow and play. For over 30 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 20 Lakh underprivileged children. For more information please visit us at www.cry.org or email Manish Pant at manish.pant@crymail.org


 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empower 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

 

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Uninor revenue grows by 38% in 2014

• Adds 10.85 million subscriptions in six circles
• Internet subscriber base up by 106% over 2013

Uninor reported a 38 per cent increase in revenue for FY2014. In the financial year ending December 2014, Uninor’s strong business performance continued with 10.85 million new subscriptions being added in its six circles. This makes Uninor number four in customer market share in circles of operation with nearly 11 per cent of subscribers. 

The average revenue per user (ARPU) for the company has also gone up by 6 per cent in the same period. The ARPU growth was driven by higher usage of Internet services and improved quality of its voice subscriber base.

“With our ‘Sabse Sasta’ proposition and Internet for All strategy, we were able to achieve strong revenue growth in 2014. Our Internet subscriber base has gone up by 106% in 2014 over the previous year. Revenue from Internet services has also doubled in the same period,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor

In 2014, Uninor completed its largest ever network expansion in a single year. With the deployment of 5000 additional network sites across its six circles, the network footprint of Uninor has gone up by around 30 per cent. The company now has more than 24,000 network sites deployed across its six circles with an ability to cover 50 million additional populations in these regions. 

Uninor has also increased its retail and distribution footprint to go deeper and wider in its operational circles. The company now has over 350,000 point of sales and around 1500 branded retail outlets. 

“This expansion is a reflection of our commitment towards providing enhanced quality of services to our customers. This year too we are confident of a similar growth trajectory both on voice and Internet. We will continue to make investments in the business to be able to stay relevant, improve our operations and grow profitably in the market,” said Vivek. 

In fourth quarter of 2014, Uninor added 2.3 million subscriptions. This was an increase of 31 per cent over the same quarter last year. The revenue also increased by 26 per cent year on year.

Uninor is a pre-paid only operator and offers pre-paid products for the mass market at ‘Sabse Sasta’ or ‘lowest in the market’ tariffs. The company launched its “Internet for All” strategy together with its Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp products in 2014. This has resulted in 23% of our subscribers actively using Internet. 

In October this year, Telenor Group also announced acquisition of additional 26 per cent ownership stake in Telewings Communications Services Pvt Ltd, held by Lakshdeep Investment & Finance. As a result, Telenor now takes 100 per cent ownership of Telewings that operates under the brand name Uninor here. 

The company acquired a new circle -- Assam -- in 2014 auction along with additional spectrum in four of its existing circles. The preparations are underway to launch the circle of Assam.

 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empower 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q2 2014, revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013, and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

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Telenor Group marks 2nd Safe Internet Day with worldwide initiatives

• Expands existing programmes to spread awareness on safe Internet practices
• Uninor WebWise workshops and internet education to impact over 20,000 children​

Telenor Group business units worldwide marked Safe Internet Day 2015 on February 10 by announcing expanded efforts to keep the internet safe for an estimated 85 million children expected to come online in the next three years globally.

Telenor Group continues its efforts to promote online safety by announcing multiple initiatives to make the Internet a safer place for children particularly in digital newcomer markets. Announcements were made in recognition of Telenor’s second Safe Internet Day on February 10. A large proportion of the half a billion children in Telenor’s Asian markets will be accessing the Internet via mobile for the first time over the coming decade. 

“As an operator, Telenor feels an enormous responsibility to ensure children’s safety on the internet, and we work with multiple stakeholders at a global level to deliver on that commitment. With other leading ICT players, including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, we are partners in the European Commission’s CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids. We have worked with Interpol to become the first mobile operator in the world to introduce safety and child pornography filters for mobile phones, and we have joined industry forces to drive the establishment of the GSM Association’s Mobile Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group. 

Sigve Brekke, EVP and Head of Operations for Telenor markets in Asia, said, “Despite the potential of the internet to drive financial inclusion and access to knowledge, better health, and resources, connectivity is not without its risks. Our business units are working to mitigate these by rolling out multiple safety initiatives in parallel with the expansion of its mobile services intended to achieve Internet for All.” 

Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Telenor Group in India, aims to take the safe Internet initiatives to 20,000 children in all of its six circles in 2015. This will be done through Internet education and online safety workshops. Additionally, regional Safe Internet Forums are being planned to go deeper and wider group of audience that includes schools, parent groups and children’s rights organizations. 

“In this digital era, Internet is an essential tool to widen the horizons of knowledge of our children. At Uninor, we believe that restricting access to Internet is not the answer to the negative experience that our children may face online. Focusing on providing appropriate education and guidance, on the other hand, prepares children to be cautious and can significantly deter online abuse against them. Being a responsible telecom operator, Uninor continues its efforts to promote online safety to make the Internet a safer place for young adults,” says Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor. 

Last year in a survey commissioned by Uninor across schools in seven states indicated that 30 per cent of Indian children accessing Internet have experienced some kind of cyber harm including cyber bullying, cyber stalking, hacking and defamation. To mitigate these risks and vulnerabilities, Uninor took its first step in 2014 to raise awareness about safe Internet for children through its child outreach program called ‘WebWise’. Under this program it has been running school workshops among children to teach them how practice safety while surfing the net. 

Uninor is also using social media to raise awareness on safe Internet practices and has organized a Safe Internet caption contest’ on its Facebook page. The contest is open till 12 February and has attractive prizes to be won.

 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empower 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

 

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Uninor enters Limca Book of Records

• Ek Daud Apne Liye got maximum participation amongst all age groups 
• The 5-km Uninor ‘Daud’ conducted simultaneously in six cities

Agra, 2nd February 2015:Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has entered the Limca Book of Records for maximum participation in a 5-km run (daud) organized in six zones of its UP West circle. The run was organized simultaneously in the cities of Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Haridwar, Meerut and Moradabad last year in June and witnessed participation from over 6000 people across all age groups. The run was promoted as ‘Ek Daud Apne Liye’ (Run for yourself) – promoting the idea of healthy living and perseverance.

“It is a proud moment for Uninor to get their name listed in the Limca book of records. The credit for the success of the Uninor Daud goes to the participants,”said KC Narendran, Circle Business Head- UP West, Uninor. “The marathons and these kind of runs are restricted to large metro cities. So we thought of creating a platform for the people in smaller towns to participate in a ‘Daud’ with the message of healthy living.”

The build-up to the Uninor Daud began a week in advance. Hundreds of people pre-registered themselves at counters placed outside Uninor retail outlets and specially designed vehicles travelling around the cities of UP West region. This was supported by outdoor hoardings, posters, banners and leaflets; inviting participants to register and encouraging them to participate in innovative and vibrant costumes. 
 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empower 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

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Uninor gets Greentech CSR Gold Award

 

Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has been acknowledged for ‘outstanding achievement in corporate social responsibility’ in the service sector. The company has been bestowed upon with the 4th Greentech Annual CSR Award 2015 in the gold category for Project Sampark, an initiative aimed at bridging the mobile gender gap in rural areas of India. The award was presented at a ceremony held at Kolkata on January 29.

“We are honoured to receive this coveted award. CSR is at the core to Uninor’s business strategy and we strongly believe in being a responsible corporate citizen. We are committed to extend the benefits of mobile services to the masses and the unconnected through initiatives like Project Sampark,” said Pooja Thakran, Chief Communications Officer & CSR Head, Uninor.

Project Sampark aims to address the socio-economic causes behind the mobile gender gap and increase women’s access to mobile phones in the rural areas of India. A Uninor study done by the research firm GFK in the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh revealed that the incidence of mobile phone usage was significantly higher among males – 76 men out of 100 owned a mobile phone while only 29 women out of 100 owned one. 

The Project uses innovative product and unique distribution model to make easy and hassle free mobile services available amongst rural women. It looked at approaching the barriers to mobile adoption through a two-pronged strategy to address key barriers like cost, culture, technical literacy and perception of values, which discourages women to adopt mobile telecommunication services. 

Uninor has joined hands with GSMA for Project Sampark. GSMA has committed a matching grant of $70000 under the ‘Connected Women’ program, which aims at reducing the mobile gender inequality in the emerging markets like India. 

The pilot phase of Project Sampark was launched in August 2014 in UP (West) circle of Uninor. The pilot phase covers 87 villages and small towns with an addressable population of over 370,000 in Aligarh District. The project lends itself to a strong self-sustaining business case and has achieved breakeven within four months of its launch. Uninor is now evaluating its deployment to other circles in north India that have similarities of issues and market dynamics with UP West.


 

About The Award:

Annual Greentech CSR Awards are give by the New Delhi-based Greentech Foundation. The award, in its 4th year, is conferred upon companies/ organizations and their units demonstrating the highest level of commitment to corporate social responsibility activities. It aims to recognize exemplary CSR activities and systems and the evidence of their positive impact to business vitality and community.

 

About Uninor:

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empower 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews.

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Uninor, one of the fastest growing telecom companies in the country, has pledged support to Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. As part o...

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Uninor pledges support to Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Launches ‘Mera Sheher Swachh Sheher’ campaign for driving cleanliness and public awareness in Varanasi

Uninor, one of the fastest growing telecom companies in the country, has pledged support to Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. As part of its commitment to the mission, the company has signed up to support the Varanasi city administration on the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by creating a blueprint for waste management across major public areas in the city and to generate public awareness of keeping the holy city clean. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Mr. Ram Gopal Mohle, Hon’ble Mayor, Varanasi Municipal Corporation and Mr. Rajiv Bawa, Chief Representative Officer, Telenor Group in the presence of His Excellency Eivind S Homme, Norweigian AMBASSADOR to the Republic of India and the Kingdom of Bhutan & Jinesh Hegde, Circle Business Head, UP East. 

Announcing support to the drive, Rajiv Bawa, Chief Representative Officer, Telenor Group said, “Telenor and Uninor applaud the Prime Minister’s drive that will enable a healthy living standard across India. As a responsible corporate with a strong business interest in the holy city, Uninor is keen to work towards cleanliness and upkeep of Varanasi along with the city municipal corporation. As our high performing zone, Varanasi is significant to our business. We are developing a sustainable system that addresses the city’s waste management issue by creating public awareness and instilling the sense of ownership in keeping it clean.” 

Uninor is the first corporate to partner with the city municipal corporation to adopt the cause and work towards deploying waste management system for the city, generate awareness and prepare a model that can be replicated across other parts of the country. The company will also be putting up public awareness messages across the city compelling people to keep the city clean. In addition, the company will be working with the city authorities to install 400 dustbins across the city and landscaping in certain areas in the city, making the city cleaner and greener. 

Jinesh Hegde, Circle Business Head, UP East said “Varanasi is a high performing zone for Uninor. The city holds particular significance to the company having many “firsts” to its credit. It was here where the first call was tested for Uninor. It was also the first zone to cross the 1 million-subscriber mark way back in 2010. It’s a privilege to be working with the city authorities to deliver on our Honorable Prime Minister’s Vision of Swachh Bharat.” 

Uninor will also be extending its Swachh Bharat initiatives to the other circles. The company is working across cities on multiple initiatives like building toilets for girls in schools across UP West, Andhra Pradesh/Telengana and Maharastra. In Gujarat, Uninor has engaged in cleaning up cities and putting up dustbins in designated areas like vegetable markets. 

‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign was officially launched on 2nd October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Modi cleaned the streets in Delhi. 3 million people - government employees, school and college students across India, joined him. 

 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

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Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has completed five years of most affordable mobile services in Gujarat. Since its launch...

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Uninor celebrates 5 years of affordable mobile services in Gujarat

• Crosses 7.3 million subscribers mark

• Achieves No.4 position in customer and No.5 revenue market share

• Targeting exponential growth in Internet users

Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has completed five years of most affordable mobile services in Gujarat. Since its launch in June 2010, the company has 7.3 million subscribers and 6.2% of revenue market share. With these numbers, Uninor has attained 4th position in customer and 5th position in revenue market share in the circle.

“I congratulate and thank all our customers on the successful completion of 5 years of operations in the Gujarat circle. Five years ago we sold our first SIM card and today we have a robust customer base to serve. During this journey, our team has focused on serving our customers with the most affordable and value for money services and offers,” said RiturajKalita, Circle Business Head – Gujarat, Telewings Communications Services Pvt Limited (Uninor).

Gujarat circle is a significant contributor to Uninor’s India operations and has steadily increased its market share by making mobile telecom services affordable across all segments of society.

Rituraj added, “We are also providing the most affordable Internet services for our customers along with the unique service packs of Facebook and WhatsApp. We are committed to the Indian market and will continue to add value to the telecommunication sector by offering voice and Internet services which strengthens our position of Uninor Etle Faydo”.

Uninor offers industry’s lowest tariff of 25 paise/minute for local and STD with the lowest Special Tariff Voucher of Rs 8. Gujarat achieved the fastest breakeven among the Uninor circles in less than three years of starting operations. With the launch of its Internet for All strategy, the company has enabled a service-based approach to data, leading to an exponential growth in the adoption of Internet services amongst its customers.

There are 26% of active customers who are already using data services on Uninor network, which is at par with the industry standards. Uninor’s Facebook and WhatsApp combo packs have enabled significant growth in its Internet subscribers with support of educational initiatives like Internet on Wheels which is helping Uninor reach rural customers helping them get online through mobile phones.

In Gujarat circle, Uninor expanded its network by 30% in 2014 by adding 750 network sites. The expansion has taken Uninor to over 300 new towns and villages. Uninor across all its six circles has deployed 5000 additional network sites in 2014. Itcurrently has over 250 branded retail stores across the state and is constantly taking steps to reach closer to its customers to give seamless service. Another such initiative is Customer Self Help service - *121# which empowers customers to make informed choices.

About Telewings Communications Services (Uninor):

Telewings Communications Services (Uninor) is a group company of Norway-based Telenor Group – an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operational six circles. In 2013, the company achieved the fastest break-even in just 4 years of launching its operations in India. The ‘SabseSasta’ (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 45.5 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and Internet services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

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Uninor celebrates 5 years of affordable mobile services in Maharashtra & Goa

Crosses 7.5million subscribers mark
Achieves Number 5 position in customer and revenue market share
Breakeven within 4 years of launching operations

Pune,3rd June, 2015:Uninor, the 100% subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group, has completed five years of Sabse Sasta mobile services in Maharashtra & Goa (M&G). Since its launch in June 2010, the company has 7.5 million subscribers and 5.2% of revenue market share. With these numbers, Uninor has attained 5th position in customer and revenue market share respectively in the circle.

“I congratulate and thank our customers on successful completion of 5 years of operations in the M&G circle. Five years ago we sold our first SIM card and today we have a robust customer base to serve. During this journey, our team has focused on serving our customers with the best of services and offers, and will continue to do the same in the future. We are committed to the Indian market and will continue to add value to the telecommunication sector by offering Sabse Sasta voice and Internet services,” said Mr. Sukrit Maitre, Circle Business Head – M&G, Telewings Communications Services Pvt Limited (Uninor).

Maharashtra & Goa circle of Uninor has steadily increased its market share by making mobile telecom services affordable across all segments of society. It achieved breakeven in a record time of less than four years of starting operations. With the launch of its Internet for All strategy, the company has enabled a service-based approach to data leading to an exponential growth in the adoption of Internet services amongst its customers. Uninor’s Sabse Sasta Facebook and Whatsapp combo packs have enabled significant growth in its Internet subscribers who are contributing to the revenue growth in the circle.

Last year, Uninor expanded its network by 1000 sites in the circle taking the total count of network to 4489 giving it an ability to serve nearly 50% of circle’s population. The expansion gives Uninor deeper coverage and takes it closer to the customer for better service experience. At present, Uninor has around of 353 exclusive stores, 360 distributors and 70000 points of sale (PoS) in the circle.

About Telewings Communications Services Pvt Limited (Uninor)

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of Norway-based Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The Sabse Sasta (affordable) tariffs of Uninor empower 45.5 million subscribers to enjoy benefits of basic wireless voice and data services.

For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

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Uninor celebrates 5 years of affordable telecommunication in India

Offers free unlimited Facebook and Whatsapp for 5 days

Uninor, one of India’s fastest growing telecom operators, today celebrated five years of its presence in India. With over 42 million customers and close to 6.5% revenue market share (RMS) from its six circles in less than 5 years operations, the company is amongst the top 5-telecom operators in its 6 operating circle. 

As a part of the its 5th anniversary celebration, Uninor is offering free Facebook and Whatsapp pack for 5 days to all its subscribers transacting at any of the 1500 Uninor owned retail outlets across its six circles. The offer will be applicable on any recharge or activation done by a subscriber. This offer will be available for a week starting December 01.

“The free Facebook and Whatsapp offer is a small token of appreciation towards our customers who have made this journey successful. We will continue to offer Sabse Sasta (most affordable) and relevant voice and Internet services to them in the coming years too,” Upanga Dutta, chief marketing officer, Uninor.

In the last five years, Uninor has steadily increased its market share by continuing to provide market relevant services at the SabseSasta tariffs thus making telecommunication services affordable across all segments of society. With the launch of its Internet for All strategy, the company has enabled a service-based approach to data leading to an exponential growth in the adoption of digital services amongst its customer base. Uninor’s Sabse Sasta Face Book and Whatsapp service based offers have enabled it to grow its Internet subscribers by 70% and achieve Internet revenue growth by 103%. 

“Uninor since its inception has strived to address the telecommunication needs of the mass market. Simple tariffs, best distribution network and efficient operations have allowed us to established Uninor as a customer centric brand in the last 5 years. During this journey the support of our partners and customers has been unprecedented and has helped us outperform the market,” said Dutta.

In December 2013, Uninor became the fastest telecom operator to breakeven in all its six operating circles. It continues to invest in network expansion and added 5000 new towers this year. The enhanced coverage has improved the reach and enabled better quality of service, allowing more and more people to benefit from its Sabse Sasta offerings.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘SabseSasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 
 

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Uninor appoints Jinesh Hegde as Circle Business Head of UP (East)

Upanga Dutta takes over as chief marketing officer of Uninor

 

Uninor today announced the appointment of Jinesh Hegde as the new circle business head of UP (East). Hegde takes over from Upanga Dutta, who moves to corporate office as Uninor’s chief marketing officer. 

“At Uninor, we believe in providing careers for promising leaders and employees, and to continue to build a strong leadership pipeline for future. A key part of our talent strategy is to enable movements across Uninor to allow cross pollination of best practices and build a strong leadership pipeline. We are confident of Jinesh taking this new role as CBH of UP (East). With his experience in Gujarat, he along with his team will be able to strengthen the circle and continue to deliver strong performance. We are happy with Upanga moving to corporate office and thank him for his excellent contributions.” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO of Uninor.

Jinesh has 18 years of sales and distribution experience and has worked with Airtel and Tata Docomo in Gujarat since 2001. Under his leadership the circle achieved the breakeven within three years of Uninor launching services. This was the shortest duration taken to be breakeven among all Uninor circles. He is a mechanical engineer from Karnataka University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. 

“UP (East) has been a strong performing circle. I look forward to working with the management team and our passionate employees here. With our promise of Sabse Sasta voice and Internet services, and backed by the strong network and retail presence, we will be able to strengthen our revenue market share in the circle,” said Jinesh Hegde.

Upanga Dutta, who is moving to Uninor corporate office as CMO, also brings operational experience from his previous assignments as senior vice president and head of company’s largest circle, UP (East). Dutta was part of the team that launched Uninor’s services in Mumbai and became the fourth largest operator in customer market share. Prior to joining Uninor in 2009, Dutta has worked with Idea, Bharti Airtel and Carrier Aircon. He has received his MBA in marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute and has an electrical engineering degree from the Delhi College of Engineering.
The change in leadership will be effective December 1, 2014.

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 
 

 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations & revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013. Telenor group has a global workforce of nearly 34,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

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Uninor appoints Rituraj Kalita as Circle Business Head of Gujarat

Jinesh Hegde moves to UP (East) as Circle Business Head

 

Uninor today announced the appointment of Rituraj Kalita as circle business head of Gujarat. Jinesh Hegde current CBH is assuming responsibility of UP (East) as its circle business head.

“At Uninor, we believe in providing careers for promising leaders and employees, and to continue to build a strong leadership pipeline for future. A key part of our talent strategy is to enable movements across Uninor to allow cross pollination of best practices and build a strong leadership pipeline. We are confident of Rituraj taking this new role as CBH of Gujarat. With his experience in Orissa and Telenor Myanmar, he along with his team will be able to strengthen the circle and continue to deliver strong performance. We are happy with Jinesh moving to UP (E) and thank him for his excellent contributions.” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO of Uninor.

Rituraj has been with the organisation since 2009 and served as the circle business head of Orissa. After his tenure in Orissa, he held several positions in Corporate Office. He joined Telenor Myanmar a year ago and returns to India after being a part of the team that successfully launched Telenor Myanmar. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and experience of over 16 years in diverse sectors with 10 years in the telecom industry.

“Uninor has continued to offer me challenging assignments that have contributed to my growth and development. I look forward to return to Uninor with new opportunity in Gujarat. Together with the passionate and committed team, I am confident of achieving the next phase of growth in the business through our well established value proposition of offering the most affordable tariffs on voice and internet services,” said Rituraj Kalita.

Jinesh Hegde moves to UP (East), one of Uninor’s largest circles. In his tenure with Uninor, Jinesh strengthened the unique distribution management system of Uninor and brought a strong daily sales focus and discipline to grow the value proposition of Uninor.

The change in leadership will be effective December 1, 2014.


 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in |www.twitter.com/UninorNews 
 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations & revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013. Telenor group has a global workforce of nearly 34,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

 

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Uninor appoints Vivek Sood as Chief Executive Officer

• Morten Karlsen Sørby steps down, will move to Telenor Group
• Rajeev Sethi to take over as CEO, Grameenphone
• Upanga Dutta made the Chief Marketing Officer, Uninor

Uninor today announced the appointment of Vivek Sood as CEO, Uninor. Morten Karlsen Sørby steps down as CEO of Uninor due to illness in his immediate family and will assume a new role in Telenor Group. Uninor has also appointed a new CMO, Upanga Dutta replacing Rajeev Sethi, who moves to Grameenphone as CEO. All the changes are effective December 1, 2014, but Morten will remain as an advisor to the Uninor top management until January 1, 2015.

“Grameenphone and Uninor are currently experiencing significant market growth and they are both delivering on the strategic ambition of Internet for All. Combined, the two companies represent nearly 90 million mobile customers. Grameenphone is an undisputed market leader in Bangladesh and Uninor continues to capture market share in India. With these executive changes, Telenor aims to stimulate further growth and strengthen our position with customers in these markets,” says Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor in Asia. 

“I would like to express Telenor Group’s gratitude to Morten Karlsen Sørby, who has served as Uninor’s CEO since January 2014. During this period, Uninor has continued to carve out its position in the highly competitive Indian telecom market. Morten has, along with his team, strengthened the Sabse Sasta (best on value) promise to our customers by making affordable data services available to the mass market. We respect his decision to step down in order to take care of his immediate family in Sweden, and look forward to work with him in a new role with the group,” Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor in Asia.

Vivek Sood is moving back to India from his position as CEO in Grameenphone, the largest mobile operator in Bangladesh. During his two year tenure Grameenphone has significantly strengthened its market position and gained financial strength. Under him Grameenphone crossed the 50 million customer milestone and became first country within the Telenor Group to do so. Before moving to Grameenphone, Sood was the chief financial officer (CFO) at Uninor. He has more than 20 years of experience with companies such as Tata AIG Life Insurance, Hutchison Telecom, Tupperware India and Hindustan Lever Limited (Unilever). 

“I am happy to return to Uninor and to work with a passionate team which is delivering strongly, both on revenues and subscriber share. With the extension of Uninor’s Sabse Sasta proposition to Internet-based services and ongoing investments in the network across all circles, the company is set to deliver further growth,” said Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor.

Rajeev Sethi, who has been appointed by Grameenphone’s Board of Directors as its new CEO, has served as CMO in Uninor for nearly two years. Prior to that Sethi spent more than three years as the head of Uninor’s Uttar Pradesh (East) circle. He has significant ICT industry experience including executive engagements in companies such as Vodafone, HP, Hutchison Telecom and Asian Paints. Sethi is an MBA in marketing, finance and operations from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow. 

Upanga Dutta, Uninor’s new Chief Marketing Officer, also brings operational experience from his previous assignments as senior vice president and head of company’s largest circle, UP (East). Upanga was part of the team that launched Uninor’s services in Mumbai and became the fourth largest operator in customer market share. Prior to joining Uninor in 2009, Upanga has worked with Idea, Bharti Airtel and Carrier Aircon. He has received his MBA in marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute and has an electrical engineering degree from the Delhi College of Engineering.

 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 
 

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Uninor appoints Sukrit Maitre as the Circle Business Head of Maharashtra & Go

Uninor today announced the appointment of Sukrit Maitre as the new Circle Business Head (CBH) for Maharastra and Goa circle and its current CBH , Ritesh Kumar Singh will take up special projects with the Telenor Group Asia region.

Sukrit brings with him over 20 years of marketing experience in the consumer durable industry out of which he spent nine years in the telecom sector. He joined Uninor in 2009 as part of the pre launch team at Mumbai and has worked well in establishing the Uninor brand at Mumbai. In his last role, Sukrit worked towards developing Uninor’s core strength in distribution across circles and has helped in developing the cluster management model across circle. He holds a masters degree in marketing from University of Pune, Maharashtra. 

Ritesh who was part of Uninor’s pre launch team played a strong role in developing new concepts like Uninor’s brand position of “Sabse Sasta” to the Auto Rickshaw recharge. Ritesh is moving to Telenor Group Asia region to work on special projects. Sukrit will assume responsibility in his new role effective immediately. 

“At Telenor, we believe in enabling the career development of our employees and providing them opportunities to realise their full potential. A key part of our talent strategy is to enable movements across the Telenor Group and within Uninor to allow cross pollination of best practices and build a strong leadership pipeline. We are confident of Sukrit taking this new role as CBH, his experience as S&D head both in Mumbai and Uninor will help him strengthen the circle to maintain growth. We are proud of Ritesh’s movement to Group and I thank him for his excellent contributions to M&G”, said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor. 

Uninor today has a strong presence in M&G with 5% share of the revenue market and 9.5% share in customer market. The company launched its internet strategy this year with service based offering of Sabse Sasta whatsapp and facebook ranging from Rs. 1 to Rs. 15 of unlimited access over 1 hr to 1 week.

“I thank Uninor for this opportunity provided to me and look forward to a strong growth in M&G circle riding on our core business strength of offering the “Sabse Sasta’ services to our customers. I look forward to working closely with the passionate team at M&G that has always fought well in building excellent business growth.” said Sukrit Maitre.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

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Uninor Unveils Azamgarh Zonal Office

Announces a new zonal office in the UP East region to strengthen base

Uninor, one of India’s fastest growing telecom operators, inaugurated a new zonal office in Azamgarh today. With 9.7 million customers and 8.7 (%) revenue market share (RMS) in less than 5 years of operations, the company is amongst top four telecom operators in the UP East circle. In the Azamgarh zone, the company has 26 exclusive stores, 95 distributors and 9264 points of sale (PoS). 

The Azamgarh zonal office will enhance serviceability and enable faster resolution of consumer issues. The new zonal office follows the completion of the largest business expansion in the circle. The roll out included 800 additional towers and launch of new retail outlets. 

“Uninor as a responsible and customer focused business continues to invest in the network and in building our distribution to further enhance the experience for our customer while providing a viable business model for our partners. We are committed to the Indian Market and will continue to add value to the telecommunication sector by offering SabseSasta voice and Internet services.” said Upanga Dutta, Circle Business Head- UP East, Uninor.

Announcing the launch of the new zonal office, team Uninor has embarked on a road trip called Sartaj-e-Raftar. The Roadtrip launched across Uninor’s operation in its six telecom circles will recognize the contribution of people who have made the company's success and growth possible. As part of this initiative, the company also felicitated its most loyal customers as Sartaj-e-Grahak. 

“We are growing tremendously in the UP East region and in order to strengthen our footprint we have opened up a new office in Azamgarh. The Sartaj-e-Raftar is an acknowledgement of our valued customers and partners of the zone. It is because of their support that we are able to outperform the market,” said Upanga.

Uninor has steadily increased its market share by continuing to provide market relevant services at SabseSasta Tariffs thus making telecommunication services affordable across all segments of society. With the launch of its Internet for All strategy, the company has enabled a service-based approach to data leading to an exponential growth in the adoption of digital services among its customer base. Uninor is amongst the fastest growing telecom operators and has established itself as the customer centric brand. Our partners and customers have played the most pivotal role in providing this momentum to the company.

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

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Indian app wins the Best App in Asia at Telenor Digital Winners Conference

Hyderabad based entrepreneur wins ‘Best App in Asia Award’ for 2014

Telenor Group, one of the world’s leading mobile operator with more than 179 million mobile subscriptions in 13 countries, selected Raghu Kanchustambham as the winner of ‘Best App in Asia’ at the Digital Winner Conference 2014 held at Oslo, Norway, earlier this month.

Raghu Kanchustambham’s mobile app Livelihood 360 (L360) was judged as the ‘Best App in Asia’ out of the six nominated Asia region contestants. He has been rewarded with a cash prize of NOK 100 000 (INR 9, 79,000 approx*) for further development of the app as a commercial venture. Raghu is the founder of the Hyderabad-based start-up Concept Waves.

The winning application Livelihood 360 is based on rural Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform and supports livelihoods associated with agriculture. It supports livelihoods associated with agriculture. It helps to estimate quantity of produce in the fields and sell the crop at fair prices as well as to get instant remittance from the buyers. It builds a holistic connection from demand to produce, right from procurement from the farmer to the material records of production to be able to quantify yield and determine the quality of the produce.. It has been adopted by over 12,000 farmers across 658 villages in the Araku Valley region in of Andhra Pradesh.

“Uninor extends the ‘Digital Winners Conference’ platform to developers in Asia to support budding entrepreneurship. This is another step towards driving Internet for All which an important ambition we have across all markets of the Telenor Group. I am very thrilled that the winner is from India and the winning solution addresses the biggest backbone of Asian economy – agriculture,” said Satish Kumar Kannan, Circle Business Head – Andhra Pradesh, Uninor.

Telenor Digital Winners Conference is a global platform where young entrepreneurs are invited to participate and present their application or start up ideas at Oslo Norway. As part of the selection process, each business unit of Telenor selected the best local app developer candidate from their region. The selected apps were present at this year’s Digital Winners conference. The conference offers a highly exclusive networking arena consisting of corporates, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and digital experts.

This year’s Digital Winners theme – “No guts, no glory” - presented successes and failures of corporate innovation, disruptive business models, and forefront news on digital media development. This year brought thought leadership and networking opportunities to a cross-industry mix of 300 top executives and entrepreneurs in media, telecoms, IT and VC 

“We are incredibly honoured to have won the digital winners prize for best app in Asia. Asia is an enormous market, and it is vital for start-ups such as ourselves to gain visibility. Through recognition from corporates such as Telenor, we can rapidly gain endorsement for our services, distribute our services on a larger scale and gain access to much needed funding”, says Raghu Kanchustambham, Founder & CEO, Concept Waves.

In August 2014, in order to drive Telenor Group’s ‘Internet For All’ agenda, Uninor, supported by Nasscom Foundation, identified budding entrepreneurs and digital experts to build relevant content and services that are tailored to local needs in the country. ‘Livelihood 360’ app developer team was shortlisted to represent India at this acclaimed global event – ‘Digital Winners conference’ 2014.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

About Telenor

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations & revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013. Telenor group has a global workforce of nearly 34,000.
 

About Livelihoods360

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Uninor logs on to emphasize safe Internet usage among children

• Survey shows that Indian children most vulnerable and 30% have experienced Internet crimes
• WebWise programme to create awareness against cyber harm
• School workshops reaches out to 10,500 children and trains them against online threats

 A survey done by Uninor in schools across seven states in India indicates that 30 per cent of Indian children accessing Internet have experienced some kind of cyber harm. This includes cyber bullying, cyber stalking, hacking and defamation. 

The survey reveals that 34 per cent of children rarely speak to their parents about their online activities. Researching for school and project work, social networking, downloading music and movies rank highest in the list of online activities of children.

The survey was done across 29 schools and covered nearly 10,500 children. Based on the findings of the survey Uninor has initiated the WebWise program with the objective to build resilience amongst children against Internet related risks. Through WebWise, Uninor has committed to make our young customers safe online. It aims to create awareness on Internet safety for children and familiarize them with habits that can give them a safe online experience.

“At Uninor, we firmly believe that our new users should be equipped not just with the means to access the Internet but with the right information and support system to be able to navigate the digital world safely,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor. 

“WebWise is an initiative with an objective of equipping children with knowledge and tools to protect themselves online. Uninor as a responsible corporate entity has taken first step towards making the children web-wise,” Morten added.

As part of the WebWise program, Uninor is conducting workshops on safe Internet for school children. The use of live examples, interactive sessions, small skits and entertaining videos ensured that the children would relate to the issue and identify the need for safe Internet use. Aspects like dealing with cyber bullying/stalking, use of safer passwords, the operating cyber laws, and stronger privacy settings were discussed and elaborated upon. 

Since March, 15000 children have been covered under this program. With its commitment to provide safe online experience to its customers, Uninor plans to extend this program further and cover additional 20,000 children by January next year. 

Earlier in 2013, A Telenor Group-Boston Consulting Group study had revealed that 134 million Indian children would be active on the Internet by 2017, up from 39.5 million in 2012. This study was done in 12 countries and had showed that Indian children face the worst risk combination of high access and low resilience. 

"The survey is an eye opener on the vulnerability of our children while they are using the Internet. One learning is to avoid discouraging the child from using phone but to monitor their activity and have rules that keep their use in limits and create awareness on principles of online activity like safe passwords or not to provide personal information to anyone online or to stay away from unknown people on the net," said Pooja Thakran, corporate responsibility head, Uninor. 

Apart from workshops and increasing school participation, Uninor is planning to take forward the WebWise programme through an active web portal, social initiatives and a child helpline in the next phase starting in 2015.


 

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 52% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 3rd or 4th position in customer market share in its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers 42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

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Uninor continues to demonstrate robust business growth

• Q3 2014 gross revenue up by 38% year-on-year
• 131% year on year growth in Internet revenues for quarter ending Sep 2014

 

Uninor has reported a 38 per cent year on year improvement in gross revenue amid challenging operating environment in Q3 FY 2014. As a part of its third quarter result presentation (quarter ending September) in Oslo, Telenor Group reported sustained business growth of its operation in India. 

Uninor’s strong business performance continued with 1.8 million new subscriptions being added in its six circles during the third quarter. The average revenue per user (ARPU) for the company has also gone up by 4.4 per cent year-on-year to INR 104 in the quarter. This growth comes despite three circles -- Andhra Pradesh, UP East and UP West -- getting impacted due to natural calamities. 

“Uninor’s Sabse Sasta strategy has enabled us to attract new subscribers. We saw a 38 percent year on year improvement in our gross revenue and an addition of 1.8 million new customers during the last quarter. The demand for Internet has consistently been growing. Uninor recorded a year on year growth of 72 per cent in Internet subscribers and 131 per cent in Internet revenues in the Quarter ending Sep 2014. With the completion of network expansion across the six circles and a robust distribution capability, we are focusing on strengthening our market position,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor. 

The ARPU growth was driven by higher share of Internet users and improved quality of its subscriber base. Uninor has around 19 per cent subscribers accessing Internet services actively. 

Uninor is a pre-paid only operator and offers pre-paid products for the mass market at ‘Sabse Sasta’ or ‘lowest in the market’ tariffs. The company launched its “Internet for All” strategy together with its Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp products earlier this year.

Last quarter the company completed 88 percent of its new network expansion planned for this year. The single largest network expansion program initiated in the first quarter gained speed in the third quarter, with 3,100 new sites launched during the third quarter.

“We declared early on this year that 2014 will be about investments, expansion and growth for Uninor. Of the total planned 5,000 new sites 4,400 sites are now deployed exit Q3’14. While the emphasis on achieving profitability will continue, Uninor will keep its most affordable tariffs position in the market.” said Sorby. 

In October this year, Telenor Group also announced acquisition of additional 26 per cent ownership stake in Telewings Communications Services Pvt Ltd, held by Lakshdeep Investment & Finance. As a result, Telenor now takes 100 percent ownership of Telewings that operates under the brand name Uninor here. 

Uninor also received a letter of intent for spectrum acquired in February 2014 auction. The company acquired a new circle -- Assam -- in the auction along with additional spectrum in four of its existing circles. The preparations are underway to launch the circle of Assam.

About Uninor

Uninor is a fully owned subsidiary of the Telenor Group – one of the largest integrated communications company in the world with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50per cent of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to be at the 4th position in customer market share in 3 of its best circles and achieve the fastest break-even as a company in just 4 years of operations. The affordable tariffs of Uninor empowers ~42 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of wireless voice and data services through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 
 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as an economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q2 2014, revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013, and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com.

 

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'Battle out', 'Facial Recognition' & 'Safe City' apps win Uninor's 'Internet For All Challenge'

'Battle out', 'Facial Recognition' & 'Safe City' apps win Uninor's 'Internet For All Challenge'

Uninor, India’s fastest growing telecom operator, announced the winners of its ‘Internet for All Challenge’ at the grand finale of the competition, held in New Delhi today. The ideas Battle Out, Facial Recognition and Safe City have been shortlisted after a couple of rounds by the jury consisting of Rita Soni, CEO – Nasscom Foundation, Javed Sayed, Editor -Delhi, The Economic Times, Sigvald T. Hauge, Deputy Chief of Mission, Norway Embassy, Sigve Brekke, EVP and Head of the Telenor Asia and Morten K Sorby, CEO of Uninor. 

The top two winners Swati Sachdeva (Battle Out) and Nipun Matreja (Facial Recognition) will get an opportunity to represent the country at the Telenor Youth Summit 2014, to be held in Oslo, Norway, in association with the Nobel Peace Center. They will also be getting a cash prize is Rs 1 Lac and Rs 50,000 respectively as a fund to develop their idea further. The IFA Challenge 2014 was launched in India in early August to engage with youth and provide them with a platform to innovate and present ideas of using internet technology to address a social need. This was also a platform used by Uninor to identify two deserving candidates who could represent India to Telenor Group’s Youth Summit – an annual gathering of young people, offering them a chance to explore how digital communications can contribute to social change and create opportunities not just for the few but for many. 

The competition witnessed participation from over 600 youth across the country. After couple of rounds of shortlisting, seven finalists from six operating circles and Delhi were chosen for the grand finale held in Delhi. 

The top three winners are - Swati Sachdeva from Ahmedabad, Nipun Matreja from Pune and Jyotsana Kalra from New Delhi. The winning idea ‘Battle Out’ is about helping women in danger, by being able to trace their locations via a mobile app while they are in distress. The first runner-up’s idea Facial Recognition is about using facial recognition software to identify a criminal, a loved one or a dead body. This app can help locate loved ones who one might have lost, or a potentially dangerous person about to do harm. The third idea Safecity Stay Safe Mobile Application can address the issue of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. The winners were chosen basis the potential of the idea, ease of commercial viability to ensure self-sustainability and the prominence of participants’ oratory and presentation skill in creatively articulating their ideas. 

On this occasion, Sigve Brekke, EVP and Head of the Telenor Asia said, “We believe in the power of youth to bring progressive change in the society. This along with affordable and easy access to Internet can bring transformation in India, providing relevant and useful local content that benefit the masses. Through this platform we offer the winners a chance to engage with youth from other countries and break cultural barriers.” 

Also speaking during the event, Morten K Sorby, CEO of Uninor, said, “With 65% of Indians below 35 years of age, youth is a strong force in the country. Uninor is engaging with the youth to offer them a platform to realise the full potential of affordable internet and build suitable services that can provide opportunity to empower society. We saw very good ideas in every phase of the IFA Challenge. We congratulate the winners and wish them all the best for The Telenor Youth Summit in Oslo, Norway. This will certainly be an experience that they will remember for a lifetime.” 

The Telenor Youth Summit hosted by Telenor Group’s President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, is an opportunity for tomorrow’s social entrepreneurs to engage with experts, thought leaders and fellow youth. It’s a place to share ideas and discuss with peers how connectivity can improve lives, fuel growth and foster dialogue. The Telenor Youth Summit coincides with the Noble Peace Prize ceremony, the participants get a chance to attend the Noble Peace Concert held in Oslo.

 

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Uninor aims for 50% of its customers to be internet users by 2017

Telenor Group CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas visits India

Mobile phones are the preferred device for internet access and have emerged as the primary driver of social change for better education, healthcare and job opportunities. There is a sharp growth in internet usage through different social networks, applications and other services. 

On his recent visit to India, Telenor Group’s President and CEO, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, talked about the strategic ambition of “Internet for All.” This ambition supports the Government of India’s vision of a “Digital India.” Telenor Group believes that mobile internet is a powerful catalyst for social and economic transformation and should be accessible to all. 

Complementing the vision of providing a digital future to the people of India, Uninor commits to making the internet accessible to the mass market by making it affordable and relevant to the customers. Uninor is targeting to have 50% of its customers to be mobile internet users by 2017, as internet demand is growing in India 

“India is seeing rapid growth in internet usage and Telenor applauds the Indian government’s vision of making affordable internet services and content available to the masses. In Uninor, the fast growth in internet usage is accelerated by strategic partnerships with online services such as Facebook and WhatsApp that stimulate usage and meets customers’ needs by offering them value and convenience. The internet is opening a world of new possibilities and helping people to transform and empower their lives,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas. 

The internet penetration in India is currently at 25%, or 245 million people. This number is expected to grow to approximately 500 million internet users by 2017. Currently, 70% of the web traffic is coming from mobile devices and Uninor has seen a surge in their internet users in the market. The share of internet users in Uninor’s customer base has grown by 73% over last year. 

In April this year, Uninor announced its internet strategy, moving from volume based offerings (megabyte and gigabyte offerings) to service-based offerings. A global partnership between Facebook and WhatsApp with Telenor Group has helped Uninor to gain internet users. These attractive products have helped Uninor grow its user base in the market by making the internet affordable and easily accessible to the mass market. 

Telenor Group is the majority owner of Uninor and has recently applied for 100% ownership in its Indian operation.

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 
 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabsesasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as (an economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q2 2014, revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013 and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor group, please visit www.telenor.com.
 


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Uninor, one of India’s fastest growing telecom operator, celebrates Customer First Day (CFD) today across all its operational circles. Throug...

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Uninor celebrates ‘Customer First Day’

Launches 500 Wi-Fi enabled stores, promotes self-care tool *121#

Uninor, one of India’s fastest growing telecom operator, celebrates Customer First Day (CFD) today across all its operational circles. Through this day the company celebrates and develop the customer centric culture that is embedded in the organisational dna. 

While celebrating the Customer First Day, Uninor launched 500 Wi-Fi enabled stores out of which 100 are new retail outlets. All walk-in customers into the stores will be able to experience the use of mobile internet free of charge, access and download new applications and upgrade mobile softwares. Special offers and attractive price plans will be available for customers visiting Uninor stores on the day. 

The expanding retail footprint is aimed at making it convenient for customers to service their requirements from the company through a direct organisation representative. With a network of more than 1500 stores and 365,000 points of sale(pos), Uninor has the second largest distribution network in its 6 operating circles. 

Building on it’s aim to provide convenience to its customers, Uninor is promoting the self-help facility, by which a customer can dial *121# to access their account information, get customised tariff plans, activate and de-active add-on services and get details of the last recharges. Announcing the Customer First Day, Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor said, “Uninor focuses on a process of continuous improvement which is based on listening and anticipating customer needs. The customer first day is a symbolic gesture and a formal way to get unified and collective attention from our partners, distributors and employees to strengthen our commitment to keep customers first. We are proud of our culture of meeting customers to listen and learn from them and to find ways to serve them better.” 

Satish Kumar Kannan, Circle Business Head for Andhra Pradesh, Uninor said, “Customers are our greatest assets and for us to achieve consistent growth, we understand the importance of delivering a superior customer experience. Through the entire life cycle of our customers, we focus on providing affordable tariffs plans, build strong distribution network to provide convenience recharges, offer customised tariff plans and assistance on special services. This is an ongoing process but through dedicated days like Customer First day we are encouraged to stay committed to this ambition.” 

With it’s commitment and focus towards building a customer centric organisation, Uninor was able to maintain strong growth in its subscriber addition. Uninor’s total subscriber base across its six operating circles is over 42 million and is at 4th position in customer market share in its best circles. Follow updates of the Customer First Day on #customerfirst. 

About Uninor 
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Uninor bagged spectrum license in the seventh circle of Assam and shall soon be launching services shortly. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 42.2 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visitwww.uninor.inwww.twitter.com/uninornews 

About Telenor Group 
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations & revenues of NOK 104 billion in 2013. Telenor group has a global workforce of nearly 34,000. 

Uninor offers the cheapest ST...

When Renu subscribes to STV4 on Uninor, not only does she get to call her parents in Ranchi at the cheapest STD rates in the circle, she does that ...

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Uninor offers the cheapest STD calls with STV 4

When Renu subscribes to STV4 on Uninor, not only does she get to call her parents in Ranchi at the cheapest STD rates in the circle, she does that by buying an e-load of just Rs 4 a month - 1/3rd of other operators. Further strengthening its position as the ‘SabseSasta’ service provider, Uninor, announced the industry’s most affordable STD calls across India with STV 4 in its UP West circle.
 

Existing Portfolio
MRP Benefit Validity
4 All STD Call @ Rs1/3 Mins 30 Days
23 STD U2U Call 20p/Mins, STD U2O 30p/Mins 28 Days
31 All Local& STD Call @30p/Mins 30 Days
12 30 STD Minutes 7 Days
21 50 STD Minutes 14 Days
41 100 STD Minutes 30 Days
64 175 STD Minutes 28 Days
123 350 STD Minutes 28 Days

The new product will allow UP West-Uninor subscribers to make the cheapest STD calls across India at the most economical rate of just Re. 1 per 3 minutes for 30 days. The offer will be available through E-Load and USSD recharge only.


 

“Why should STD calls be expensive? With STV 4, our customers make STD calls at as low as Re.1 per 3 minutes – The SabseSasta price. Switch to Uninor” says KC Narendran, Circle Business Head, UP West.


 

Uninor is the 4th largest operator in UP West because it offers the lowest tariff. The company has recently announced an expansion of its network by 30%, deploying 1050 additional towers across the circle. Uninor has also won 2 Mhz of additional spectrum taking its total capacity to 7 Mhz in the circle. Uninor reaches to more than 5.3 million subscribers in the circle through 55964 retail outlets and 191 Uninor exclusive stores.



 

 

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabsesasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

About Telenor

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.
 

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Uninor awarded for its commitment to Safe Management practices

~Conferred with ‘Golden award for outstanding Achievements in Safety Management’ by the Greentech Foundation for the fourth time in a row~

For the fourth consecutive year, Uninor has been awarded the prestigious ‘Golden award for outstanding achievements in Safety Management’ by Greentech Foundation. The award recognizes Uninor’s best practices in the area of Health, Safety, Social Security and Environment (HSSE). Uninor remains the only telecom services company in India to receive this prestigious honor this year. 

Uninor won this award after going through a comprehensive and independent assessment conducted by the Greentech Foundation to verify the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the company’s occupational health, safety and environmental management systems. In addition to being the only telecom services company to receive this award, Uninor is also the first service sector company in India to win this award four years in a row. 

Uninor has maintained a robust and structured process to create awareness, adoption and audit of safe and sustainable business practices across our entire value chain. The team conducts virtual learning module for employees and suppliers, mock drills, tool box meetings, dedicated national safety week and road safety drives that help create awareness. Extensive audits and monitoring along with periodic inspections have helped us stay healthy and strong on building compliance in this area. 

Uninor has received a number of recognitions – both in India and internationally in the area of occupational health and safety. It is also the only telecom company globally to hold the coveted OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, PAS 99 and SA 8000 certifications. 

Dr. T. Vijaya Kumar, AVP Business Assurance, Ethics and Compliance, Uninor and Ms. Cecilie Hersleth, Group Director, Sustainability, Telenor Group received the award. While Cecilie presented her views on Supply Chain Sustainability, Dr. Vijaya Kumar highlighted the issues on Emergency Preparedness and Crisis management at the event. 

Speaking on this recognition, Dr. T Vijayakumar, Head of Business Assurance, Uninor said “As an organization, we take pride and ownership in deploying sustainable business practices and every employee has a sense of responsibility in the area of safe and secure business practices. We follow a zero tolerance environment on compliance in this area, not only at our end of service delivery but follow this through to ensure supplier side compliance as well. The award is a recognition of our commitment and arduous effort in building a safe, responsible and respected organization.” 

Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, the Director General of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs at the 13th Annual Greentech Safety Award ceremony held at Hyderabad, presented the award. He congratulated Uninor on this achievement of winning the Gold Award for the 4th time. He was quoted saying “Uninor has proactively implemented robust management systems that go beyond regulatory compliance and ensure sustainability. I congratulate the entire team for this phenomenal success.” 

Mr. Kamleshwar Sharan, President, Greentech Foundation complimented Uninor on its success. “On behalf of Greentech Foundation, we congratulate Uninor and its management on getting a ‘Gold Award’ for the 4th time in a row. We are proud to be associated with Uninor and their commitment to keeping their employees and workplaces healthy and safe.” 

About Uninor: 
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 
Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 40.1 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews 

About Telenor Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000. 
 

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Uninor, India’s fastest growing telecom operator, today announced that it will be awarded a grant by the GSMA’s Mobile For Development ...

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Uninor announces ‘Project Sampark’

  • A revolutionary initiative to bridge the Mobile Gender Gap
  • GSMA Connected Women Grant of USD 70,000 committed for the project

Uninor, India’s fastest growing telecom operator, today announced that it will be awarded a grant by the GSMA’s Mobile For Development Foundation, Inc. via its Connected Women programme, which provides seed funding to telecom operators for the design and launch of economically sustainable products and services, with the aim to bridge the mobile gender gap. 

Under this first of its kind commercial initiative, the Project Sampark will aim to increase women’s access to the use of mobile phones and to promote solutions towards women’s barriers to mobile usage. GSMA has agreed to partner in this joint initiative to create awareness that the mobile is a tool of facilitation for women and their ownership of a mobile phone needs to be encouraged by the society. 

Speaking about the initiative, Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor said, “Mobile technology has the ability to change the way we communicate, but its effects are not evenly distributed. Gender disparity is also echoed in mobile usage. This is a significant area of concern and what better way than using mobile connectivity to help deal with this developmental challenge. The launch of ‘Project Sampark’ is a first step in this direction and we are encouraged by the support from GSMA to endorse this initiative”. 

“Uninor is committed to ensure the benefits of mobile services reach not just a few but to the many. This project will be truly path-breaking in its intent as it will be self sustainable, scalable and will continue to provide livelihood opportunity for women while building awareness on the benefits of mobile connectivity,” he added. 

The total investment over the seven-month duration of the project is estimated at USD 183,654. Uninor will be contributing USD 11,400 while GSMA will be granting USD 70,000 to support the project. 

Project Sampark is being launched as a pilot project to assess the barriers that women face in accessing mobile services such as affordability, mental block or social stigma attached with women to own a handset. The project will aim to enhance tele-density among women especially in the rural pockets of India. 

“Uninor has always looked at avenues to reach out to similar sections of society across the socio-economic landscape and has tried its best to make a difference, big or small. Realizing the need to provide mobile benefits to women living in the rural areas, we have developed a product, which will be a value proposition for women subscribers who still haven’t experienced the mobile services. Uninor spurs the first ever product that will be made available to the target audience at the customer door step through women promoters who have been exclusively trained to sell this,” shared Rajeev Sethi, CMO, Uninor

In the pilot phase, 87 villages of Aligarh district of Western UP, have been identified to pilot the project by testing business case of a commercial offering that helps reduce a multitude of barriers women face in accessing mobile services. For the roll out of the pilot, 40 women and four supervisors will participate including influential women in the region who are Anganwadi and ASHA supporters who can persuasively spread the message. 

Uninor will also train women entrepreneurs to make a livelihood by offering them an opportunity to sell mobile prepaid connections and recharge vouchers. 

“The GSMA’s Connected Women Programme aims to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services. Generally, in developing markets the decision makers for women are the male members in the family and the Connected Women programme works to minimize this gender gap between men and women in accessing mobiles technology. We are pleased to be working with Uninor in India and are excited to see the results of this project in the coming year,” said Zouhair Khaliq, Managing Director, GSMA Mobile For Development

About Uninor 
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor will be rolling out services in the seventh circle of Assam shortly. Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 33.9 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.inwww.twitter.com/uninornews 
 

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Uninor celebrates National Sports Day

Announces ‘Go Play’ to Promote Sports and Wellness Amongst Children​

Uninor, one of India’s fastest growing telecom operators, is celebrating the National Sports Week to commemorate the National Sports Day and celebrate the birth anniversary of Indian hockey legend Dhyan Chand. Over 200 Uninor employees across Gurgaon, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Patna, Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad participated in the campaign with one clear message – Uninor encourages child’s right to play sports. 

For the first time as a part of the celebrations, a weeklong activity was kicked off on the theme of ‘Go Play’ across its six operating circles between 21st & 29th August, 2014. The volunteers of the Uninor reached out to children in schools, colleagues and children shelters to encourage them to participate in the various sporting events conducted by the Uninor Unites team and distributed sports gears to under privileged children, and helped restore their sporting infrastructure. 

The activity was conducted in Govt Sr. Secondary School, Wazirabad, Gurgaon. 

Speaking on the occasion, Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility, Uninor said, “As a responsible organization, Uninor has always promoted initiatives for health and wellness amongst its employees as well as the public at large. National Sport Day aims to give children an opportunity to kick start a future of healthy living with the sports acting as a main hub. We need to build a sports culture in the country and should take sports as seriously as the other sporting nation do. With this ideology at its helm, Uninor has organized Sports Day in all its operating circles in order to involve more people in the sports activities. We are proud of the way our employees have responded over the past few days and participated, extremely motivated and register Uninor’s presence”, she added. 

About Uninor Unites 

Uninor Unites is an employee-volunteering program to create a focused approach towards meaningful and measurable community building. The program draws its strength from Uninor employees, partners and associates to generate sustainable actions in line with Telenor group’s Corporate Responsibility strategy- that of ‘Safe’ and ‘Enable’. The several initiatives planned this year are designed to benefit children. Uninor unites volunteers successfully concluded the ‘Book a Smile’ campaign and the ‘Say no to Child Labour’ Campaign earlier this year. 

About Uninor 

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India. 

Uninor will be rolling out services in the seventh circle of Assam shortly. 

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its over 40 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabsesasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in, www.twitter.com/uninornews 

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Uninor seeks youth to represen...

Uninor, the fastest growing telecom operator in India, announces the launch of a new platform – Internet for All (IFA) Challenge 2014. The IF...

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Uninor seeks youth to represent India at Telenor Youth Summit at Oslo

Launches the Internet for All Challenge in search of a mobile based social innovation

Uninor, the fastest growing telecom operator in India, announces the launch of a new platform – Internet for All (IFA) Challenge 2014. The IFA Challenge 2014 invites young people in the age group of 18-25 for an innovation and ideation platform that provides two young Internet enthusiasts a chance to represent India at the Telenor Youth Summit 2014, Oslo, Norway. The Telenor Youth Summit is held in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center. 

The Internet for All Challenge calls upon this generation of digital natives to use technology innovatively and find solutions to pressing social needs, empower societies, drive inclusive growth and promote meaningful dialogue for peace across the globe. 

Announcing the Internet For All challenge, Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO, Uninor said, "Through the Internet for all Challenge, we aspire to get the youth to start thinking about Internet as a medium to address pressing social issues. Platforms like the IFA Challenge and the Telenor Youth Summit encourages exchange of ideas, build trade and fosters communication between people and nations, thereby allowing focus of energy from conflicts to resolutions”. 

The competition is open to passionate young enthusiasts who aim to bring a positive social change by innovative use of mobile Internet. Interested participants can submit entries using the Internet for All Challenge application on the Facebook page of Uninor or www.uninor.in/ifachallenge. The last date for submission is 31st August, 2014. 

Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer and CSR Head, Uninor said, “Internet for All Challenge is a platform to engage and align youth to find innovative and meaningful use of Internet. Besides being an exciting contest to represent the country at a global summit, the young minds get a chance to interact, learn and voice their opinions for global social agenda for change.” 

After initial screening of entries, the first jury round will be held in seven cities - Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Agra, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Patna, where one winner each will be chosen. The seven finalists will be competing in the final round to be held in Delhi on October 9th, 2014. They will be judged basis the potential of their idea, ease of commercial viability to ensure self-sustainability and the prominence of their oratory and presentation skill in creatively articulating their idea. An external jury including Top personalities from the fields of technology, social service, internet and telecom industries as well as the CEO of Uninor and Head of Telenor Asia will be drawn for evaluation. 

The three winners will get a cash prize to help them promote their idea for adoption. The first winner will get a cash prize of INR 1 Lac and an all expense paid trip to Oslo to attend the Telenor Youth Summit, the second winner will get a cash prize of INR 50,000 and an all expense paid trip to Oslo to attend the Telenor Youth Summit. The runner up will be awarded a cash prize of INR 50,000. 

The Telenor Youth Summit hosted by Telenor Group’s President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, is an opportunity for tomorrow’s social entrepreneurs to engage with experts, thought leaders and fellow youth. It’s a place to share ideas and discuss with peers how connectivity can improve lives, fuel growth and foster dialogue. The Telenor Youth Summit coincides with the Noble Peace Prize ceremony, the participants get a chance to attend the Noble Peace Concert held in Oslo. 

For further information 
Interested participants can get more information from the Internet for all Challenge website and from the facebook page of the company. Applications can be submitted using the facebook application of Internet for All Challenge. This is the second year in a row that Uninor will be sending participants to Telenor Group. Last year we had two participants who attended the week long gathering at Oslo. 

1. Abhishek Gupta - from IIT Kanpur 
2. Shikha Pathak - from SIMC Pune. 

About Telenor Youth Summit 
The Telenor Youth Summit is organized in association with the Nobel Peace Center with a belief that the change enabled by mobile and Internet technology can drive socio-economic growth and development. The summit, hosted by Telenor Group’s President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, is an opportunity for tomorrow’s social entrepreneurs to engage with experts, thought leaders and fellow youth. It’s a place to share ideas and discuss with peers how connectivity can improve lives, fuel growth and foster dialogue. The gathering aims to be an energetic arena where all participants can voice their ideas, be heard and be inspired. 
 

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Uninor\\'s, feat of opening up 362 retail outlets at the same time in one day has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest ...

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Uninor enters the Guinness Book of World Records

Opening of 362 Uninor stores in one day is now a world record of biggest retail expansion in a day​

Uninor's, feat of opening up 362 retail outlets at the same time in one day has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest ever retail expansion by any company in the world, on a single day. This 1-day record took Uninor 75 days of planning and 5400 hours of execution involving 200 retail employees covering 150,000 customers in its six operating circles. 

“It is Uninor’s retailers and Uninor’s customers that have together made a Guiness World Record today. Uninor now already has the second highest number of retail stores among all operators in its six circles. This means that our SIMs and recharges will be available at more shops and much closer to where a subscriber is than virtually any other operators." says Rajeev Sethi, CMO. 

To be the best in mass market distribution is one of the three pillars that comprise Uninor’s overall strategy. The company focusses on this because it is important for the mass market subscribers that Uninor serves to have access to shops where all services can be offered and doubts cleared. With its 1480 exclusive stores, Uninor provides the facility for any subscriber to meet an executive and get all services on the spot. For this, Uninor has areasthat currently don’t have a store within a radius of 5 km for a subscriber base of 10,000 customers. It was estimated that it needed to open over 360 stores to fill the gap. However, an expansion of this scale would’ve required at least 2 years. 

Rajeev added, “In a short span of almost three months, the team delivered an almost impossible target. The recognition is a testament of the efforts put in by all the members of the team who worked tirelessly to achieve this new milestone. As Uninor expands its network, the retail expansion will help us serve the mass market consumers better, and provide them with even better quality service in the future.” 

Currently, Uninor has 1100 operational stores. By opening of these additional stores, it takes its overall footprint to 1480 stores - making it the second largest among all operators in its circles. 

The retail expansion carried out in April this year had come on the back of a company statement in February, announcing an investment of Rs 500 crores to expand its network & distribution infrastructure by 30% in its six operational circles. It had also stated plans of re-deploying 5,000 sites from closed down circles for geographical expansion in existing six circles in the same statement. Later, its parent company Telenor, also sought FIPB approval to up its stake in Uninor to 100% for an additional investment of Rs 780 crores. 

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33% improvement in subscriber base and 46% growth in revenues

Uninor continued to demonstrate strong business growth, adding over 2 million subscriptions over the last quarter. As a part of its second quarter results presentation in Oslo, Telenor Group reported a 46% improvement in revenues for Uninor together with a significant reduction in EBITDA loss compared to the same quarter last year. EBITDA improved from second quarter last year by 26%. This year Uninor has made significant investments in network expansion across the six circles. 

Out of the 5000 additional towers announced earlier this year, 1,325 new base stations have already been deployed resulting in improved services and population coverage in the six circles. 

The positive operational trend is backed by strong subscriber addition, improved usage and increased consumer market share. Compared to same quarter last year, Uninor improved its subscriber base by 33% and ARPU by 11% to reach INR 108. 

“In two of the three months of this quarter for which reports have been published, Uninor has added more subscribers in its six circles than any other mobile operator on any platform. This shows the success of our mass market strategy. Sabse Sasta voice and sabse sasta internet for all will be positions that Uninor will keep and defend through this year,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, CEO of Uninor 

Uninor launched its “Internet for All” strategy together with its Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp products earlier this year. At the end of Q2, Uninor’s Internet subscriber base has improved by 32% since the beginning of the year while the revenue from internet services grew by 42%. Continuing this strong performance in the second half of the year, Uninor will continue to be on track to achieve its target of doubling its active internet subscriber base and revenue from internet services in 2014. 

“We have seen good growth in active internet users and internet revenues on our network. This is not surprising. It reflects the demand for basic internet services and the success of our lowest tariff products. Internet will continue to be our focus this year,” Sorby added. 

Uninor offers Sabse Sasta voice and Internet for all services to subscribers in the six circles of UP East, UP West, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (including Goa) and Gujarat. The company has recently acquired spectrum in the seventh circle of Assam and expects to launch services shortly. 

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India, July 2, 2014:Tanveer Mohammad moves to Uninor as COO from his present position of Chief Technology Officer at Grameenphone, Telenor Group’s operating company in Bangladesh

Uninor has today announced the appointment of its new Chief Operating Officer. Tanveer Mohammad takes up this position from his current responsibility as the Chief Technology Officer at Grameenphone, Telenor Group’s operating company in Bangladesh, which is also the largest mobile operator in the country.

Tanveer Mohammad brings with him more than 17 years of operational, development and corporate experience in Telecom Industry. Joining Grameenphone as a System Engineer in 1997 Tanveer has played a key role in building the technology organization while progressing through roles to take up the position of CTO in 2010. He has also played an integral role in transforming Grameenphone into a 3G operator earlier this year.

"With his proven competence in leading bold and transformative initiatives in network and technology in Bangladesh’s largest mobile operator, Tanveer joins us at Uninor as we are setting the stage for some bold growth and expansion in India. Uninor’s largest ever network expansion is already underway and our focus on sabse sasta internet will see some new solutions on the network side too. We are delighted to have the advantage of Tanveer’s experience at Uninor,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby , CEO of Uninor

Uninor’s present COO Ruza Sabanovic moves to the Telenor Group headquarters in Oslo to take up the position of the Head of Group Technology. In this position, Ruza will drive the network and IT transformation agenda across Telenor Group companies in Europe and Asia.

“Ruza has been one of the major architect of Uninor’s ultra low cost operations – our ability to produce minutes much more efficiently that any of our competitors and deliver to the business’ needs. This has played a key role in allowing Uninor to position its services as Sabse Sasta in the market while attaining financial break-even in record time. Ruza now takes up a brief to implement network and technology transformation across Telenor Group and we are proud to see yet another Uninor leader in a top strategic role in the Group"

Uninor talent at Telenor Group

Ruza becomes the fourth top management resource from Uninor to take up international leadership positions with the Telenor Group.

Earlier, Uninor’s Chief Financial Officer Vivek Sood was appointed the CEO of Grameenphone, Chief Sales Officer Sharad Mehrotra took up the position of Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Myanmar and the Chief Financial Officer Prasoon Sinha moved the Group Headquarters as Vice President and Head of Dynamic Performance Management.

Additionally, a larger number of top talent from Uninor now serves at various positions across the Telenor Group. At last count, 29 of Uninor’s executives have taken up positions across Telenor Group’s operations in Asia and Europe.

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India, 13 June, 2014wnership of its Indian business unit. An application has been filed with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) of the Government of India, seeking approval for an additional investment of INR 780 crores to raise ownership in Uninor to 100%. At present, Telenor Group owns 74% in its Indian business unit. These investments will be utilised to acquire the remaining stake held by Lakshdeep Investments as a financial investor.

Telenor’s Indian operations have participated in two separate spectrum auctions to acquire spectrum in the range of 5Mhz to 7.2 Mhz in seven circles that together represent more than half of India’s population. This year, Uninor has announced an additional investment of Rs. 500 crores towards expansion of its network & distribution infrastructure by 30%.

Uninor has now emerged as the 4th largest mobile operator by both customer and revenues share in its best circles. The company now has over 30 million subscribers and is set to launch services in its newest circle of Assam this year.

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'Uninor Unites' On World Day Against Child Labour


India, June 12, 2014: Uninor, India’s fastest growing telecom operator, observed the World Day Against Child Labour, with an outreach and awareness campaign against child labour across housing societies, stores and malls in Gurgaon. The campaign carried out in association with the NGO partner, CHILDLINE saw overwhelming support from the general public as ‘Uninor Unites’ volunteers reached out with conducting awareness sessions creating awareness against exploitation of children as workers in households, manufacturing sectors, road side eateries (dhabas) and construction sites.

“It’s been over 25 years since the child labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act has been introduced in the country but still accounts for the largest number of working children in the world. Uninor takes pride on its commitment towards sustainable business practices and strong Supplier Conduct Principles. We continue to be vigilant against child labour in our supply chain management. Its even more important to generate conversation against this practice to create some sensitivity amongst people as largely this is also driven by middle class who engage domestic workers." - said Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer and Head of Corporate Responsibility, Uninor

“India is sadly home to the largest number of child labourers in the world- our estimate is that 11 % of India’s work force are children of 18 years or below. It is important for the corporate citizens to ensure that the future of India’s children by keeping them away from having to work for a living. We are delighted that Uninor is committed to make India free of child labour,” says Nishit Kumar, Head, Communication & Strategic Initiatives (CSI) CHILDLINE India Foundation.

“'Uninor Unites' has been envisioned by the company to be a focused approach towards creating a volunteering platform for our employees, partners and associates to do meaningful and measurable community building. Our campaign aims at spread awareness against the evils of Child Labour, taking into account of the key areas of Uninor’s parent company, Telenor’s group corporate responsibility strategy – ‘Safe’ and ‘Enable’ and combines that with the chosen beneficiary group – Children,”added Pooja

The slew of activities conducted by Uninor employees from 11th to 13thJune include awareness drives in various public places like shopping malls, residential societies, local markets, railway stations and traffic signals through engaging conversations as well as distribution of hand-outs. Around 400 employees of Uninor have gone out in the cities that include Gurgaon, Noida,Lucknow, Gorakhupr, Patna, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Hyderabad to touch 6000 shops, residential flats, Offices and around 50000 individuals.The company also raised funds from its vendor partners including Alcatel Lucent, Spice Digital and employees to sponsor education for children rescued by CHILDLINE.

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor will be rolling out services in the seventh circle of Assam shortly.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 33.9 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabsesasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in, www.twitter.com/uninornews

About CHILDLINE India Foundation

The CHILDLINE service, which has been developed and managed by CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF), is a 24x7, emergency, free phone outreach service linking children in need of help and protection to organisations run by government departments as well as those run by civil society agencies. Children or concerned adults dial the number 1098 and are connected to the CHILDLINE service in their city. At present, CHILDLINE operates in 291 cities and/towns across the country and services over two million calls a year. As India 's foremost Child Protection agency, CIF is recognised as the Mother NGO for the CHILDLINE Service by the Government of India and operates in a unique social Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model with the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Visit:www.childlineindia.org.in

For further information please contact

SharadGoswami:sharad.goswami@uninor.in; +91 9654956323
SomitBiswas:somit.biswas@text100.co.in; +91 9873723210

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Uninor awarded for its “impeccable safety standards?? by the globally renowned British Safety Council


 

May 09, 2014, New Delhi: For the three years in a row, Uninor has been awarded the global recognition for its health and safety standards by the worldwide authority on the subject – the British Safety Council. In this year’s “International Safety Awards 2014” Uninor received a double acknowledgement, winning both the "International Safety Award with distinction" for its impeccable safety standards and the International Safety Sector Award for its out standing Financial, IT, legal, scientific and technical services.

“The pursuit of a healthier and safer workplace is a responsibility every organisation carries towards its employees, customers, business partners and the community in which it operates. This global recognition tells us that we measure up to the high standards expected of us, as Uninor and as a Telenor Group company,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

Congratulating Uninor on the success, Mr. Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council said,“ On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate Uninor and its employees on securing two International Safety Awards with distinction. All of those working at “Uninor” have made this award possible, which recognises their dedication and commitment in preventing injury and ill health in the workplace. It was also apparent that applicants recognise that getting health and safety right is a business enabler.”

The 56th International Safety Awards ceremony, organised by British Safety Council was concluded at the famous Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The awards were presented to Dr. T Vijayakumar, Associate Vice President, Business Assurance, Ethics and Compliance at Uninor, by Mr. Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council at the grand award ceremony held on April 25.

The International Safety Awards scheme of the British Safety Council, now in its 56th year, is open to UK and international organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health. The award winners have demonstrated to the judges their commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health

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As a part of its first quarter results presentation in Oslo, Telenor Group reported a strong business growth for its operations in India. Uninor has reported a 44% improvement in Gross Revenue together with a significant reduction EBITDA loss compared to the same quarter last year. Uninor achieved EBITDA break-even in December last year and has since made fresh investments into its operations in India.

 

The business performance comes on the back of a strong share of customer acquisitions that saw Uninor achieve a 20% share of incremental customer market share in its six circles during the quarter. Simply put, every fifth new mobile subscription in these six circles during the quarter was acquired by Uninor. Together with expansion of the customer base – which improved by 25% compared to the same quarter last year, Uninor also reported an improvement of 13% on the ARPU as well. The company’s ARPU at the end of Q1 2014 stands at INR 106. It is important to note that this is purely a pre-paid ARPU, since Uninor only offers pre-paid services for the mass market at ‘sabse sasta’ or ‘lowest in the market’ tariffs.

Uninor Q1 2014 results highlights
•  20% incremental customer market share in the six circles
•  Gross revenue up by 44% (compared to Q1 2013)
•  Subscriber base up by 25%
•  ARPU improvement by 13% to reach INR 106 (purely pre-paid)
•  Significant reduction in EBITDA loss (Uninor achieved break-even in December 2013 and has made fresh investments subsequently)

“We have staged our investments in a manner that we demonstrate the success of our business model and then look to invest the next tranche. After achieving the target for the first round of investments by achieving break-even last year, we have now made a fresh investment of INR 5 billion towards a 30% expansion of the network and retail footprint,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

As a part of this network and retail expansion drive, Uninor has already announced an addition of 5,000 network sites and 367 new exclusive stores in its circles.

Uninor has also announced a priority focus on Internet services this year with the launch of its flagship ‘sabse sasta internet for all’ offerings earlier.

“While the voice business continues to grow at a healthy pace, we expect internet services to play a major role in our business performance this year. Uninor has launched its sabse sasta internet for all strategy this year with sabse sasta facebook and sabse sasta whatsapp as the first offerings. We are looking to double our internet revenues and percentage of internet users on our subscriber base within 2014,” Sorby added.

Uninor offers sabse sasta voice and internet for all services to subscribers in the six circles of UP East, UP West, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (including Goa) and Gujarat. The company has recently acquired spectrum in the seventh circle of Assam and expects to launch services shortly.

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Uninor, India’s fastest growing telecom operator and Goonj, a voluntary organisation working in the field of social empowerment, today launched a book collection drive named ‘Book a Smile’. As a part of the drive, book collection centers have been setup at over 100 locations, including Uninor stores, where people can contribute old books-educational/comics, usable stationary and magazines. Books thus collected will be distributed to children who may otherwise not be able to own a book. The ‘Book a Smile’ drive promotes awareness of the importance of books in a child's life, encourages the habit of reading among children and families.  "Imagine if each of us with a book to spare participate in this campaign. Imagine the number of children who will receive a book that you don’t need anymore and imagine the impact it can have among kids who may not be able to afford a book of their own. I encourage everyone to step forward. Just one book will make a difference,” says Pooja Thakran, Chief Communication Officer, Uninor.

“At GOONJ we strongly believe that each one of us has a role to play in building the communities and lives we wish for ourselves. Book a Smile is thus a unique opportunity not just for Goonj and Uninor, who have come together to highlight the important issue of literacy, but for everyone who wants to do something meaningful for others. Here is a simple idea, but when it spreads and people take ownership, amazing things start happening,” says Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, Goonj.

The books collected under the Uninor campaign will reach deep interiors of rural and urban India through the network of Goonj and other partner NGOs.

The drive is part of a Uninor Employee led initiative Uninor Unites, a unique employee volunteering program of the organization working with NGO’s towards Children empowerment centric projects.

Since the launch of the campaign, over 100 boxes of collected books and stationery have been received. The collection drive will continue up to 26th of April, post which the collection will be handed over to Goonj for dissemination to the children.

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Uninor opens a record 362 Exclusive Stores in one day

With a total of 1480 stores now, Uninor has the second largest retail network among all mobile operators in the 6 circles it operates in


New Delhi/Mumbai, 15th April 2014: After announcing a massive 30% expansion in its network sites and launching the most affordable 'internet for all' services, Uninor today conducted its largest ever retail expansion since launch. In one day, 367 new exclusive Uninor retail stores opened up for business in the six circles of UP West, UP East, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Maharashtra and Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat where the company offers its sabse sasta voice and Internet for all services. This is a 30% expansion of the exclusive retail footprint that takes Uninor to 1480 exclusive stores – the second largest among all operators in these six circles.

“We declared early on this year that 2014 will be about investments, expansion and growth for Uninor. We started this with the addition of a record 5000 new network sites and follow that up today with our largest ever retail expansion,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor. “Every day we get closer still to our customers. We have the network, the retail footprint and the product portfolio of sabse sasta voice, sms and internet for all – to truly serve the segment we have chosen – the mass market,” he added.

Uninor recently announced the launch of its entirely new Internet strategy– moving from MB and KB pricing to unlimited sabse sasta tariffs for services like Facebook and Whatsapp. With the network expansion earlier and retail expansion now, the company expects a significant increase in its customer base that includes doubling of its active Internet users within this year.

“Together with being the best in basic services and low cost operations, being best in mass market distribution are the three pillars that define Uninor’s strategy in India. We take a big leap forward on retail today,” said Rajeev Sethi, Chief Marketing Officer of Uninor. “It is the mass market customer who often requires greater engagement with the operator– to be able to walk into a store in the neighborhood and get the information and assistance needed. This is what these stores will do– within walking distance of our subscribers,” he added.

All Uninor Exclusive Stores will be full service outlets that will offer all services including new connections, recharges, on-the-spot query resolution and complete assistance to all subscribers. The stores will be staffed by trained customer service personnel and equipped with the fully automated IT solutions that will help in spot resolution of all queries and conduct all service requests.

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Changing its Internet strategy, Uninor has decided to shift from volume based Internet offerings (MB and GB offerings) to service based Internet offerings (Facebook and Whatsapp). Offering Unlimited Facebookpacks starting 50 Paisa for an hour and Unlimited Whatsapp access starting 1 rupee a day, these service-based offerings forms the cheapest way for mobile users to access Facebook or use Whatsapp in UP West.

Addressing the media at the press conference, KC Narendran Circle Business Head at UP West, Uninor said “When consumers use internet services for social networking, messaging, browsing and emails, there is no reason why operators should serve and charge for MBs and GBs. Uninor is putting an end to these confusing tariffs by offering the services at flat rates for unlimited usage.”

Unlimited SabseSasta Facebook starts at 50p for 1 hour

One hour Facebook product is the first such in India. For the first time ever, a mobile operator offers Facebook access with 1 hour validity and that too at a price of only 50 paisa. Uninor has also launched 1-day, 1-week and 1-month products for Facebook access – again at the lowest prices in the market.

Unlimited SabseSastaWhatsapp packs starts at 1 rupee a day For one rupee, Uninor offers subscribers of the Whatsapp pack, unlimited messaging on the platform for the entire day. The company also offered unlimited whatsapp access for a week at 5 Rupees and unlimited month long access at 15 rupees.

Importantly, all these products offer unlimited access – upload as much content and make as many posts as you like during the validity period.

“By launching unlimited Facebook and Whatsapp packs Uninor eliminates the price shock associated with data packs” said Rahul Bajpai, Marketing Head at UP West, Uninor. “This is not just about product, but a complete revamp of our technology. From creation of dedicated resources in the network for these services, enhancement of packet core nodes and by employing new transmission and compression technology, we now have the capacity to meet double the demand of Internet than today.”

In UP West, Uninor’s Internet revenue has grown by an impressive 56% since 2013. Over 27% of Uninor subscribers in the circle are already active data users. Further active Facebook &Whatsapp users on mobile are 12% of the total subscriber base.

SabseSasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp – 50 p for an hour of FB, Rs. 1 for a day of Whatsapp

Termed Sabse Sasta (most affordable) Facebook and Sabse Sasta (most affordable) Whatsapp, the products will allow subscribers unlimited access to these services at one fixed charge for a period ranging from 1 hour to 1 month. With just a one-time charge, subscribers can use Facebook and Whatsapp for the duration of the period without worrying about MBs and GBs.

“More than half of India’s mobile Internet users are active on Facebook and Whatsapp. This is why we have launched SabseSasta Facebook and SabseSastaWhatsapp as the flagship Internet products today. Uninor has stood for simple, affordable tariffs on voice and it will stand for the same in Internet. If you are a Facebook or Whatsapp user today, Uninor will be your best choice for good quality and affordable tariffs. This is our commitment,” added KC.

Ramping up sales and customer service set up

Apart from the product, the sales, distribution and customer service functions are also being developed for the expected increase in Internet usage. Towards this Uninor is setting up stand-alone Internet service kiosks in each of its exclusive retail outlets, recruit additional resources at its customer service facilities and conduct internet specific training for all service agents.

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Now make local or STD calls at only 25 Paisa per minute

Uninor, one of the fastest growing telecom operators in the country, today introduced India’s the Sabse Sasta calling tariff at just 25 paisa per minute with STV 35. The new product offers unlimited Local & STD calls at only 25 paisa / minute for 28 days. This is by far ‘Sabse Sasta’ calling tariff available in the UP east circle.

“The new STV 35 is a great rate cutter product which offers the lowest calling tariff not only in the circle, but the lowest in India” explains Upanga Dutta, Circle Business Head, UP East, “When used in combination with extra talk-time recharges like Rs 100, our subscribers gets 440 STD/Local minutes. If mobile bills are hitting your budget, its time to experience the better network which is also the Sabse Sasta.”

Uninor is increasingly becoming one of the favorite telecom providers in the circle with 7.8 million-subscriber. The company recently announced a 20% network expansion by deploying 800 additional network towers to enhance coverage in the circle. Uninor has also won an additional 1.8 Mhz spectrum in the 1800 band at the recently concluded spectrum auction. This takes the total available capacity for Uninor in UP East Circle to 6.8 Mhz.

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• CFO Prasoon Sinha appointed as Vice President and Head of Dynamic Performance Management Project at Telenor Group Headquarters in Oslo

• Uninor appoints Vivek Anand as the new Chief Finance Officer. Vivek moves from present position as CFO at Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.

 

26th March 2014, New Delhi: Uninor today announced that its current CFO Prasoon Sinha will move to the Group Finance function at Telenor Group headquarters in Oslo and take up the position of Vice President and Head of Dynamic Performance Management Project. In his new role, Prasoon will be involved in creating value through performance management across the different business units of the Telenor Group. He will also drive the implementation of Uninor’s “cluster approach” in different Telenor Group business units.

“Yet again, we see an example of Uninor’s top talent taking leadership positions in the Telenor Group. Prasoon has served Uninor for close to six years, ensuring that the company delivers on its low-cost business model and delivers on the commitments towards our shareholders. We are proud to see him in a role from where Uninor’s best practices can benefit Telenor Group companies across regions,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor

The company also announced the appointment of Vivek Anand as its new Chief Finance Officer. Vivek moves from his current position of Chief Finance Officer at Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (Dhaka) and will take charge of the Finance function at Uninor that includes treasury and supply chain management, internal audit, business planning and strategy, accounting, reporting and taxation.

Prior to his position at Unilever Bangladesh, that he has held since 2010, Vivek has served as the Finance Director at Hindustan Unilever Limited and as Regional Finance Director at Unilever Singapore responsible for change management program in Finance covering all operating countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Central Eastern Europe.

“Long term commitment towards investments works well when it is matched with a prudent focus on delivering on financial milestones. Vivek inherits a finance function that has been key to Uninor delivering on its financial targets, including the break-even within three years, exactly as committed,” said Sorby. “Uninor today has a solid platform from where we pursue ambitious growth targets for the future. Vivek’s competence, experience and leadership will play an important part in this pursuit,” he added.

The leadership change in Uninor’s Finance department will be concluded by the end of April with the Vivek Anand taking up the position in May.
 


For further information please contact Uninor

Sharad Goswami
Head of External Communications
sharad.goswami@uninor.in
Mobile: +91 9654956323

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Changing its Internet strategy, Uninor has decided to shift from volume based Internet offerings (MB and GB offerings) to service based Internet offerings (Facebook and Whatsapp). Offering Unlimited Facebook packs starting 50 Paisa for an hour and Unlimited Whatsapp access starting 1 rupee a day, these service-based offerings forms the cheapest way for mobile users to access Facebook or use Whatsapp in Gujarat.

Addressing the media at the press conference, Mr. Jinesh Hegde, Circle Business Head Gujarat, Uninor said “When consumers use internet services for social networking, messaging, browsing and emails, there is no reason why operators should serve and charge for MBs and GBs. Uninor is putting an end to these confusing tariffs by offering the services at flat rates for unlimited usage.”


 

Unilimited Facebook starts at 50p for 1 hour

One hour Facebook product is the first such in India. For the first time ever, a mobile operator offers Facebook access for a 1 hour validity and that too at a price of only 50 paisa. Uninor has also launched 1-day, 1-week and 1-month products for Facebook access – again at the lowest prices in the market.

 Unlimited Whatsapp packs starts at 1 rupee a day For one rupee, Uninor offers subscribers of the Whatsapp pack, unlimited messaging on the platform for the entire day. The company also offered unlimited whatsapp access for a week at 5 Rupees and unlimited month long access at 15 rupees.

Importantly, all these products offer unlimited access – upload as much content and make as many posts as you like during the validity period.

“By launching unlimited Facebook and Whatsapp packs Uninor eliminates the price shock associated with data packs” said Amaresh Kumar, Chief Product Officer, Uninor. “This is not just about product, but a complete revamp of our technology. From creation of dedicated resources in the network for these services, enhancement of packet core nodes and by employing new transmission and compression technology, we now have the capacity to meet double the demand of Internet than today.”

In Gujarat, Uninor’s Internet revenue has grown by an impressive 88% in 2013. Over 30% of Uninor subscribers in the circle are already active data users.

‘Uninor Etle Faydo’ in Data services too - 50 p for an hour of FB, Rs. 1 for a day of Whatsapp

The most affordable Facebook and most affordable Whatsapp packs of Uninor will allow subscribers unlimited access to these services at one fixed charge for a period ranging from 1 hour to 1 month. With just a one-time charge, subscribers can use Facebook and Whatsapp for the duration of the period without worrying about MBs and GBs.

“More than half of India’s mobile Internet users are active on Facebook and Whatsapp. This is why we have launched these service based packs as the flagship Internet products today. Uninor has stood for simple, affordable tariffs on voice and it will stand for the same in Internet. If you are a Facebook or Whatsapp user today, Uninor will be your best choice for good quality and affordable tariffs. This is our commitment,” added Jinesh.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

 

Uninor will be rolling out services in the seventh circle of Assam shortly.

Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in

About Telenor

 

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 166 million mobile subscriptions, revenues in 2013 of NOK 104 billion, and a workforce of over 33,000.

 


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Uninor: Sharad Goswami:
sharad.goswami@text100.co.in
Mobile: +91 9654956323

Vasundhara Vyas:-
Vasundhara.vyas@uninor.in
Mobile: +91 9173111011

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Uninor changes its Internet strategy - moves from 'Rs. per MB' to Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp

Changing its Internet strategy, Uninor has decided to shift from volume based Internet offerings (MB and GB offerings) to service based Internet offerings (Facebook and Whatsapp). This will change the way in which Uninor offers Internet to its 33 million current and all future subscribers.

“We are moving out of data and moving in to Internet. Internet is the way in which customers consume data and our approach will be to make that usage the cheapest among all operators,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp - 50 p for an hour of FB, Rs. 1 for a day of Whatsapp

50% of India’s mobile Internet users are active on Facebook and Whatsapp. Uninor has launched the new Internet strategy with two flagship products with Facebook and Whatsapp. Termed Sabse Sasta (most affordable) Facebook and Sabse Sasta (most affordable) Whatsapp, the products will allow subscribers unlimited access to these services at one fixed charge for a period ranging from 1 hour to 1 month. With just a one-time charge, subscribers can use Facebook and Whatsapp for the duration of the period without worrying about MBs and GBs.

“These plans are a great way to discover Facebook and stay connected with friends and family without worrying about data charges on Uninor.” said Kevin D'souza, Head of Growth and Mobile Partnerships, Facebook India. “In Uninor, we have a partner that has the vision and desire to make the Internet affordable and we are excited to help connect the world with them.”

“Selling Internet as rupees per MB is like selling air or train tickets as rupees per kilometre. What customers do with Internet is to use it for services like Facebook or Whatsapp. Our plan is to make these services the cheapest on Uninor,” said Sorby. “For us, internet will always be about affordability and relevance.”

Launch starting from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa - in all circles within one month

The launch of the new Internet strategy, together with the flagship products on Facebook and Whatsapp is starting today at Gujarat and then at Maharashtra and Goa. These are also the two circles where Uninor has seen the highest Internet consumption over the past year. In Gujarat, Uninor’s Internet revenue has grown by an impressive 88% in 2013. In Maharashtra, every fourth Uninor subscriber is an active Internet user.

Over the next few months, these new offerings will be made available across each of Uninor’s operational circles.

Results from global partnerships with Facebook and Whatsapp

Telenor Group has taken up an Internet for All strategy across its business units worldwide. As a part of this strategy Telenor Group is focusing its efforts towards bringing affordable Internet within easy reach of its customers world over. Today’s launch and, infact, the change in Uninor’s Internet strategy, results from a global partnership by Facebook and Whatsapp with Telenor Group. The partnership allows the business units, such as Uninor, to create dedicated products with Facebook and Whatsapp, provide better than market tariffs for these services, share customer usage trends and co-market the offering.

“For us to deliver hourly, daily, weekly and monthly offerings for unlimited Facebook at a single fixed charge, Uninor has had to map as many as 10 distinct entry points through which a subscriber enters Facebook. Each has been mapped and integrated into the system such that the subscribers get these cheapest tariffs, no matter how they enter Facebook. This extensive work took over 2 months with teams from Uninor and Facebook working together,” said Amaresh Kumar, Chief Product Officer of Uninor who is also leading the company's new strategy towards Internet.

Complete revamp of technology

While the front end of the new Internet strategy is about the flagship Sabse Sasta Facebook and Sabse Sasta Whatsapp products, Uninor has also started a major upgradation of technology and infrastructure to get the network ready for the expected surge in Internet traffic.

The capacity expansion project includes enhancement of packet core nodes, creation of dedicated resources only for these services and enhancing transmission and compression mechanisms. With these, and other measures, Uninor network infrastructure will be able to support two times the Internet demand than what it is today.

Ramping up sales and customer service set up

Uninor is also about to conclude an internal project to make the sales, distribution and customer service functions ready for the expected increase in Internet usage by subscribers. Towards this Uninor will set up stand-alone Internet service kiosks in each of its exclusive retail outlets, recruit additional resources at its customer service facilities and conduct internet specific training for all service agents.

Strong ambitions

While Uninor will continue to offer attractive tariffs on Internet, the focus will now move entirely to ‘service based offerings’ from the ‘unit or volume based offerings”. With this strategy in place, Uninor is aiming at doubling its Internet revenue and doubling of Internet penetration in 2014.

“We have chosen to move away from the 2G, 3G and 4G discussions and also from the per GB and per MB model. Our customers use services like Facebook and Whatsapp and they expect their experience on these to be of good quality at affordable prices,” said Sorby. “This is a natural extension of our mass market strategy - best in basic services with the lowest tariffs.”

Contact:
Sharad Goswami
Head of External Communications
sharad.goswami@uninor.in
Mobile: +91 9654956323

Now Rs. 60 = Rs 65 in UP East...

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Now Rs. 60 = Rs 65 in UP East

Ram Mohan, walked into a telecom recharge store to buy a recharge for Rs. 60. The confirmation SMS read - a talktime of Rs. 65 has been received- a bonus talktime of Rs 5. This has never happened before! Infact with other operators the SMS would state anything between Rs. 50 to Rs. 54. When Ram checked with the retailer at the store, he explained the Sabse Sasta recharge of Uninor offering full talk time on a recharge of Rs. 40, talktime of Rs. 65 on a recharge of Rs 60 and talktime of Rs 110 on a recharge of Rs 100. On top of that, Uninor offers the lowest call rates of 25 Paisa per minute.

“If you are not on Uninor, you are wasting money. Being on Uninor network means getting talktime worth Rs. 65 on every recharge of Rs. 60. Add to that the lowest call rate of 25 paisa and you get a reduction in your monthly mobile expenses by nearly 35%. If you are concerned with rising cost, change to Uninor and start saving on at least your mobile expenses,” said, Mr. Upanga Dutta, Circle Business Head, UP East, Uninor.
 

With more than 7.8 million subscribers in the circle, Uninor services 8 zones through 4100 network sites spanning. Uninor has recently announced its largest expansion in the circle with 800 additional towers to be setup over the next 5 months. The company also won an additional 1.8 Mhz spectrum in the 1800 band at the recently concluded spectrum auction. This takes the total available capacilty for Uninor to 6.8 Mhz in UP East Circle.
 

About Uninor:
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Uninor wins fresh spectrum and adds new circle in auction

Will remain the most affordable tariff provider in all its markets

 

 

Oslo - 13 February 2014: Uninor confirms that it has successfully acquired additional spectrum in the 1800 MHz band in four of its six existing circles – UP East, UP West, Bihar and Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh - and in the new circle of Assam at an investment of INR 8,447 million. With this additional spectrum, Uninor will be able to enhance its voice and data capacity by approximately 20% to 25% in the four existing circles of UP East, UP West, Bihar and Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

"It is critical that mobile tariffs remain affordable for the mass market after the auctions. With its auction strategy, Uninor has ensured that it can continue to offer the most affordable tariffs in each of its seven circles while maintaining a healthy business case. We have now secured a spectrum platform for continuing growth and profitability in each of our circles," says Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor.

 

 

 

“Telenor Group has always stated that we have a long term perspective on our investment in India. I am pleased that Uninor through this auction has strengthened its competitive advantage as a cost efficient operator. Uninor is now well positioned to continue its growth path through offering affordable mobile services to even more customers in India, both in existing circles and in Assam where we believe the Uninor model fits very well," said Sigve Brekke, Head of Telenor Asia region.

In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Uninor will improve capacity and coverage through a significant expansion of network sites. The company has already announced its largest ever network expansion of over 30% to be completed in 5 months. With the new circle of Assam, Uninor will now be able to potentially serve an additional population of more than 30 million and will shortly announce the launch of its sabse sasta (most affordable) services and bring new competition into the market. With these auctions, Uninor's footprint now increases to seven circles.

Spectrum acquired by Uninor in the 1800Mhz band
UP East – 1.8 MHz
UP West – 2.0 MHz
Bihar and Jharkhand – 2.2 MHz
Andhra Pradesh – 1.4 MHz
Assam – 6.0 MHz
 

 

 

About Uninor:
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in | www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

Contact:

Uninor
Sharad Goswami | +91 96549 56323 | sharad.goswami@uninor.in

 

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Uninor has today announced its largest ever network expansion with the deployment of 5000 additional network sites in its six circles of UP West, UP East, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Maharashtra and Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. This is a 30% expansion of network sites in one go – the largest ever since launch of operations - and will be completed within the next 5 months. With this expansion, Uninor will have close to 24,000 network sites deployed across its six circles with an ability to cover 5 crores or 50 million additional population in these regions.

The expansion announcement comes on the back of Uninor achieving breakeven by proving the sustainability of its operating model.
 

"With this expansion Uninor will now extend its Sabse Sasta services to millions of new subscribers in its six circles even as we strengthen our network in the areas we already cover,” said Morten Karlsen Sorby, nominated CEO of Uninor. “Achieving profitability in record time shows that Uninor can continue to keep its most affordable tariffs position in the market while offering a profitable business proposition to its distributors and retailers and expanding its network coverage. This will continue to be our strategy in 2014," he added.

The company has also reported an improvement in all its major business metrics for the fourth quarter of 2013, the results of which were announced by Telenor Group today.

During the quarter, Uninor has improved its ARPU by 17% to reach INR 106 as a result of improved quality of the customer base. The company's revenues from the six circles where it offers services have improved by 36% to reach INR 8.5 billion. Additionally, Uninor has also continued to reduce churn quarter on quarter to reach 4.6% for the current period.

Uninor has reported a sequential quarter on quarter growth of 13.2% in revenue at a time when the growth of the larger operators is between 0 to 5%. The Revenue Market Share for Q3 has increased by 50 bps (source: TRAI). It is expected that Uninor gains further revenue market share in Q4 in 2013

Uninor today serves over 32.7 million subscribers (as reported in India) in the six circles of UP West, UP East, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Maharashtra and Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The company offers its connections and recharges through 345,000 points of sale and 1828 distributors.
 

About Uninor:
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
Uninor's three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company achieve EBIDTA and OCF breakeven in all the 6 operational circles within 4 years of launching services. By focusing on affordable tariffs, Uninor empowers its 32 million subscribers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple proposition of – ‘Sabse sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in|www.twitter.com/UninorNews

 

About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

Contact:

Uninor
Sharad Goswami | +91 96549 56323 | sharad.goswami@uninor.in

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Gujarat gets India's lowest calling rates

Uninor, India's most affordable mobile services provider, has launched the country's lowest tariff plan by any operator in Gujarat. With this plan, Uninor subscribers in the state will be able to make all calls – local and STD – at a tariff of only 25 paise per minute. The plan was launched by Uninor in the presence of the Norwegian Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr. Eivind S Homme during his visit to Ahmedabad. Uninor is majority owned by the Norwegian telecom major Telenor Group.

Speaking at the inauguration Jinesh Hegde, Circle Business Head, Gujarat said, “We are honoured by the presence of His Excellency, the ambassador of Norway to India, Mr. Homme at launch of the most affordable calling plans for our subscribers in Gujarat. Now Uninor subscribers will make STD and local calls to any network for just 25 Paisa and thereby reduce their mobile bills by almost 60 percent”
 

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, H.E. Mr. Eivind S Homme said, “I am pleased to see Uninor focus on making mobile telephony affordable for all. Affordability is key to improving access to telecommunications, which has a proven impact on quality of life and inclusive economic development. This is an important contribution that I see Uninor making to Gujarat and indeed to all the states where it offers its services"

Uninor had earlier announced the largest network expansion in the state, with an addition of 1000 new network sites over the next 5 months. At the end of this phase of expansion, Uninor will have over 4100 network sites, with 65000 point of sales outlets, 400 express stores, 800 RSEs and about 250 distributors in the Gujarat circle. Together this distribution network will cater to over 65 lakhs existing and potential subscribers in the circle.

As a part of its Etle Faydo portfolio of products Uninor Gujarat continues to offer schemes that are high on value like ‘50 mein 55’, Unlimited 88 and others.
 

About Uninor:
Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.
Uninor is a young operator that focuses on the mass market serving over 32 million customers. Uninor’s innovative products and services empower customers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple price proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. The company is committed to profitable growth in this highly price sensitive and competitive market. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in

 

About Telenor Group
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Uninor commences the largest ever network expansion in UP East

Uninor, the most affordable telecom service provider, today announced it’s largest ever network expansion in the circle. Uninor will increase its network coverage by 20% by deploying 800 additional network sites by June this year. This will significantly improve the network experience that Uninor customers get today and will also add an additional population of over 50 lakh to its coverage.

“Uninor subscribers will now enjoy an even better network experience along with the most affordable tariffs,” said Upanga Dutta, Circle Business Head, UP East. “Uninor has continued on its commitment to be the Sabse Sasta service provider with plans like 25p local calls that offers much more value to the customers as compared to any other offers available in the circle.”

The company has been successful in implementing a low cost operating model that allows it to offer most affordable tariff and has also enabled Uninor to become profitable. The profitability, achieved in less than 4 years, is a record– the fastest by any operator in India.

“Today we have proved once again that an operator does not need to offer expensive tariffs to become viable. Uninor continues to be the most affordable service provider while offering a profitable business proposition to its distributors and retailers and expanding its network coverage in the circle,” added Upanga Dutta.

The network expansion announced by Uninor will now take the company’s coverage to an additional 4500 towns and villages across the circle as well as strengthen the network in existing towns and villages. This will also result in the expansion of the company’s retail network with over 5000 new points of sale.

Product Offering
STV 19 All local calls at 25 paisa for 28 days
RCV 40 Talktime Rs. 40
RCV 60 Talktime Rs. 65
RCV 100 Talktime Rs. 110



 

As a part of its Sabse Sasta portfolio of products, Uninor offers all local calls at 25 paisa with STV 19 along with unmatched talk time in the online recharge category.

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major cell phone operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra & Goa and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

 

Uninor is a young operator that focuses on the mass market serving over 32 million customers. Uninor’s innovative products and services empower customers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple price proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. The company is committed to profitable growth in this highly price sensitive and competitive market. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in

About Telenor

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Uninor initiates major network expansion in Dehradun-Haridwar region with 126 additional sites

Work in full steam on the massive network expansion exercise of 1050 network sites across UP West Circle

 

(Dehradun, Haridwar- 23rd Jan 2014): Uninor, India and UP West’s most affordable tariffs telecom phone service provider, announced the deployment of an additional 126 towers in the Dehradun Zone.The announcement was made by KC Narendran, Circle Business Head of Uninor at the sidelines of a network tower inauguration at Haridwar.

The latest expansion is the largest since its launch and will offer enhanced coverage in the zone, improving the network experience and making the SabseSasta tariff available to an additional population of over 30 lakh. The expansion is part of the additional 1050 network sites being setup across UP West as a part of Uninor’s network expansion in the states of Uttrakhand and UP West.

“Uninor’s aggressive network expansion in UP West demonstrates not only our commitment to the market but it also reflects the level of demand that we are seeing from customers in the circle, particularly in the Dehradun-Haridwar belt,” said KC “Uninor will continue to offer the Sabse Sasta tariff in the market that offers cheaper calling as compared to any other service offered in the circle.“

The company has been successful in implementing an operating model that has as much as 30% lower costs, allowing Uninor to become profitable even as it continues to provide the lowest tariffs for all voice, SMS and internet services for the mass market. The profitability, achieved in less than 4 years, is a record– the fastest by any operator in India.

“By achieving profitability in record time, we prove that an operator does not need to offer expensive tariffs to become viable. It means that Uninor will continue to be the most affordable service provider, offer a profitable business proposition to its distributors and retailers and expand its network coverage that very few operators are doing in the circle,” added KC.

The network expansion announced by Uninor will take the company’s coverage to an additional 2290 towns and villages across the circle as well as strengthen the network in existing towns and villages. This will also result in the expansion of the company’s retail network with over 10000 new points of sale and create significant additional employment.



As a part of its Sabse Sasta portfolio of products, Uninor in UP West offers all local calls at 1.2p per 2 sec and all local calls, STD calls and SMS @30p.

At the end of this phase of expansion, Uninor will have over 3943 network sites, with 62000 point of sales outlets, 350 express stores, 780 RSEs and about 320 distributors in the UP West circle. Together this distribution network will cater to over 5.4 million existing and potential subscribers in the circle.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor is a young operator that focuses on the mass market serving over 32 million customers. Uninor’s innovative products and services empower customers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple price proposition of – ‘Sabse Sasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. The company is committed to profitable growth in this highly price sensitive and competitive market. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in

About Telenor

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Uninor takes up massive network expansion exercise in Gujarat. To increase coverage by 30%

Uninor, India and Gujarat’s most affordable tariffs telecom service provider, today announced its largest ever network expansion in the circle. In one go, Uninor will increase its network coverage by 30% by deploying over 800 additional network sites within the next 5 months. This will significantly improve the network experience that Uninor customers get today and will also add an additional population of over 80 lakh to its coverage.

“Uninor believes in the potential of the market and continues to support the growing demand of the sector by offering our subscribers an even better network experience along with the lowest tariffs,” said Jinesh Hedge, Circle Business Head, Gujarat. “In a market of 8 operators in Gujarat, we are proud to be the only one to offer affordable services as our priority. We continue to offer the most Faydemand tariff with plans like Unlimited 88 that offers cheapest calling as compared to any other product offered in the circle,” he adds.

The company has been successful in implementing an operating model that has as much as 30% lower costs, allowing Uninor to become profitable even as it continues to provide the lowest tariffs for all voice, SMS and internet services for the mass market. The profitability, achieved in less than 4 years, is a record– the fastest by any operator in India.

“Uninor has achieved profitability in a record time while offering the lowest tariff. This feat proves that an operator does not need to offer expensive tariffs to become viable. Uninor will continue to be the most affordable service provider, offer a profitable business proposition to its distributors and retailers and expand its network coverage that very few operators are doing in the circle” added Hedge.

The network expansion announced by Uninor will now take the company’s coverage to additional towns and villages across the circle as well as strengthen the network in existing towns and villages. This will also result in the expansion of the company’s retail network with over 200 new points of sale and create significant additional employment.

As a part of its Etle Faydo portfolio of products Uninor Gujarat continues to offer schemes that are high on value like 50 mei 55, Unlimited 88 and others.



At the end of this phase of expansion, Uninor will have over 3900 network sites, with 65000 point of sales outlets, 400 express stores, 800 RSEs and about 250 distributors in the Gujarat circle. Together this distribution network will cater to over 65 lakhs existing and potential subscribers in the circle.
 

About Uninor

Uninor is majority owned subsidiary of Telenor Group – one of the major mobile operators with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Uninor’s pre-paid GSM services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India’s population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Uninor is a young operator that focuses on the mass market serving over 32 million customers. Uninor’s innovative products and services empower customers to enjoy the benefits of mobile telephony through its simple price proposition of – ‘sabsesasta’ (lowest) tariffs for all basic services. The company is committed to profitable growth in this highly price sensitive and competitive market. For more information, please visit www.uninor.in

About Telenor

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 161 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012 of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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