Telenor ASA ADR (TELNY) - OTCPK - Current
  • Wed, Jul. 6, 6:50 PM
    • A report says Vodafone (VOD -1.5%) is the likely front-runner to take over Telenor's (OTCPK:TELNY +1.9%) operations in India, though it's not clear whether that means just a spectrum acquisition or the entire company.
    • Telenor is currently using 1800 MHz airwaves to provide 2G, though they could provide 4G service, and that spectrum is likely valued around $1B.
    • Such an acquisition could reap benefits for Vodafone ahead of India's 4G spectrum auction, set for September. Telenor's tower rentals from Viom come at a lower rate than Vodafone has gotten from Indus, and Telenor's 11,500 sites could power Vodafone's 4G deployment, a source says.
    | Wed, Jul. 6, 6:50 PM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, May 2, 8:20 PM
    • Norway's Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY) says it may have to get out of India if it can't get better rates for spectrum.
    • The company had planned to launch LTE service in five to eight cities, but CEO Sigve Brekke said the company needed more spectrum to roll out wider 4G offerings.
    • “Long term presence in India is dependent on our ability to secure additional spectrum," Brekke says now. "We are not able to compete with current spectrum portfolio we have in a growing data market."
    • Telenor had 42M mobile subscribers in India at the end of March.
    • “We are in India to make money," said CFO Morten Karlsen Sorby. "If we don’t see return then we need to look at other alternatives."
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  • Fri, Jan. 22, 10:48 AM
    • Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY +3.7%) and TeliaSonera (OTCPK:TLSNY +3%) are moving into the second phase of Norway's 1800 MHz spectrum auction later this month.
    • The two came out as winners in the first phase, which lasted 83 rounds and drew 877.98M krone (about $103.3M). Now they'll have until next Thursday to submit bids for specific locations in the band. Telenor had secured 20 megahertz while TeliaSonera secured 5 megahertz.
    • TeliaSonera (which operates in Norway under the NetCom brand) and Telenor launched LTE services in the country in 2012, and offer them through the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
    • Previously: TeliaSonera, Ericsson working on 5G testbed for Sweden, Estonia by 2018 (Jan. 22 2016)
    | Fri, Jan. 22, 10:48 AM
  • Thu, Jan. 21, 10:19 AM
    • Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY +0.9%) has launched its Voice over LTE service in Norway, promising better call quality and better indoor coverage, particularly in glass-heavy buildings such as offices.
    • Connection time will fall to 2-3 seconds per call from 7-10 seconds, the company says, and customers will be able to use data services while they talk.
    • It's calling its service 4G Tale, and supported smartphones from Sony and Samsung will switch to VoLTE automatically. Apple iPhones will become VoLTE compliant this year, while the Samsung S5 Neo will get the new service along with an upgrade to Android Marshmallow.
    | Thu, Jan. 21, 10:19 AM
  • Nov. 25, 2015, 6:55 PM
    • While VimpelCom (VIP +6.8%) got a boost today on news that it may be close to settling with the U.S. in an Uzbekistan corruption probe, TeliaSonera (OTCPK:TLSNY +2.2%) may be facing a bigger headache as the U.S. looks to extend the probe into other markets, according to Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.
    • Danske Bank analysts think the company could now be facing compensation claims of 15B kronor ($1.72B), triple what they had expected before.
    • The probe is reportedly widening to TeliaSonera's activities in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and even Nepal.
    • Other companies besides VimpelCom and TeliaSonera -- Mobile TeleSystems (NYSE:MBT) and Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY) -- are linked to dealings with Takilant, the company tied to Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov.
    | Nov. 25, 2015, 6:55 PM
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  • Nov. 5, 2015, 12:08 PM
    • Jo Lunder, the ex-CEO of VimpelCom (VIP +4.7%), is being held by Norwegian police in connection with the corruption probe into the company's dealings in Uzbekistan.
    • U.S. and Dutch authorities started an investigation into companies that were suspected of steering business to Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the country's president, in return for rights to wireless airwaves. Norwegian authorities say they are assisting the Dutch investigation.
    • Lunder, currently CEO of the Fredriksen Group, hasn't been charged but is held "on suspicion of gross corruption."
    • The case has brought turmoil to Norway's state-owned Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY +0.7%), which has hired a law firm to investigate its ties to the case. Telenor owns a third of VimpelCom, and its chairman was forced out over the issue.
    • VimpelCom has said it would make a $900M provision in its Q3 statements tied to the probes.
    | Nov. 5, 2015, 12:08 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 2, 2015, 2:15 PM
    • Following the ouster of its chairman, Norway's Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY +0.5%) says it's hired a law firm for an independent investigation of its dealings with VimpelCom's (VIP -2.8%) entry to the Uzbekistan market.
    • Telenor owns a third of VimpelCom, the Amsterdam-based telecom with service focused on the Russian market. VimpelCom's under investigation in the Netherlands and the U.S. over possible improper payments related to spectrum acquisition in the Uzbek market.
    • Telenor had said last month it planned to divest its VimpelCom stake, after a review by new CEO Sigve Brekke, who took over in August. The fallout from the affair led Norway's Industry Minister to lose confidence in Chairman Svein Aaser, who resigned Friday.
    | Nov. 2, 2015, 2:15 PM
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  • Oct. 28, 2015, 3:41 PM
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  • Oct. 5, 2015, 10:26 AM
    • In a strategic shift, Norway's Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY +2.5%) is divesting its "challenging" multibillion-dollar stake in Russia telecom provider VimpelCom (NASDAQ:VIP)
    • VimpelCom ADRs were up 2.7% in the early going in U.S. trading.
    • Telenor has a 33% stake in VimpelCom that is worth more than $2.4B. “The VimpelCom asset, where Telenor holds a minority position without the possibility to fully control the company, has been challenging,“ says its chairman, Svein Aaser.
    • The probes in the U.S. and the Netherlands into possible bribery at VimpelCom have raised controversy in Norway over Telenor's holding.
    • The sale could take some time, and Telenor says it's expecting a related noncash impairment of 7.5B Norwegian krone (about $900M) against Q3 earnings.
    • Previously: U.S. telecom probe seeking to seize $1B in European assets (Aug. 13 2015)
    | Oct. 5, 2015, 10:26 AM
  • Sep. 23, 2015, 4:27 PM
    • As part of its positioning as a value brand, Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY) said it's rebranding its operations in India, dropping the longtime Uninor brand to become Telenor India.
    • "This is about more than changing a brand name," Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke says
    • Penetration in India remains low, at 80% at the end of June and falling to 48.7% in rural areas.
    | Sep. 23, 2015, 4:27 PM
  • Sep. 11, 2015, 11:41 AM
    • Sweden's TeliaSonera (OTCPK:TLSNY +0.1%) and Norway's Telenor (OTCPK:TELNY -1.7%) have abandoned a merger of operations in Denmark amid strict opposition from EU regulators -- the first such opposition after a couple of years of mobile consolidation.
    • That consolidation happened under then-Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, who was succeeded by Margrethe Vestager last November.
    • "What we were looking at were very serious concerns," said Vestager about the Danish market. "To me it was necessary to have a fourth mobile operator." She said there shouldn't be conclusions drawn about the UK and Italy, however, where similar deals could reduce the number of national operators to three each.
    • TeliaSonera and Telenor faced a relatively easier tie-up in Denmark operationally, as the two already share a network, but also thus had fewer options for divestment to satisfy regulators.
    • Shares in Danish market leader TDC fell 7.7% in Copenhagen, and are down 8.2% in OTC trading (OTCPK:TDCAF).
    | Sep. 11, 2015, 11:41 AM
Company Description
Telenor ASA is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Telenor ASA provides fixed and mobile (analog and digital) communication networks and also develops, sells and distributes communication, entertainment and information services in the Norwegian private and business markets. The Company... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Telecom Services - Domestic
Country: Norway