Telenor subscribers base reaches over 200 million across Asia, Europe and Nordics

By December 17th, 2015 AT 12:26 PM

The Telenor Group has surpassed the 200-million mobile subscriber mark across Asia, Europe and the Nordics.

Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India, said, “We at Telenor India are proud to be the leading contributor of subscriber growth adding over five 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 fourth biggest in revenue and customer market share in the circles we operate.”


Among Telenor’s business units, India contributes over 24% of its total customer base. It had launched mobile services here in 2009, and is commercially available in six circles covering 50% of India’s population.

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.

“Today, Telenor is in the hands of over 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.

The 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.

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.

Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to the mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst with CMR

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When it will come in West Bengal (ROWB)?

Sanjit Roy
Sanjit Roy

@Surojit kr Biswas- If telenor acquires spectrum from Bengal circle in next year through auctions, which I dont think so because the remaining spectrum will be bought by both vodafone, airtel, Jio and idea cellular for 4g ambitions in Bengal circle. Another option is to acquire aircel and Tata docomo.


Telenor must acquire aircel/tata to expand it footprint in India.


Consolidation is going to happen.

It’s must for today’s date for telecommunications industry.

Telenor can pump more money in Indian market.

But what’s their strategy ,organic growth or by acquisition,

Definitely acquire will help them, but at what price.

Today Tata is in loss, even aircel too, but telenor is in profits.

If they acquired, their status of profitable company goes down

If not acquired other company, survival is challenging

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