Telenor partners with Google Cloud to digitise telecom offering

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Telenor, a Norwegian multinational telco provider, has partnered with Google Cloud to digitise its services and explore further joint offering opportunities.

The companies plan to not only use Google Cloud capabilities to improve Telenor’s current infrastructure, but also to collaborate on new improvements through Google’s knowledge of data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

The Oslo-based Telenor is majority-owned by the Norwegian government, serving more than 170 million customers predominantly in Scandinavia and areas of Asia.

Key areas of collaboration for the two firms will include enhancing Telenor’s technological capabilities, creating scalable revenue streams through joint go-to-market activities, and supporting SMEs in their digital transformation journeys.

Sigve Brekke, president and CEO of Telenor, said: “Telenor wants to work with leaders in the tech industry and stay committed to being at the forefront of modernisation and digitalisation. As connectivity is the foundation for building trust, we believe that together we can go beyond connectivity to enhance our offering to our customers with new and innovative solutions, whilst improving the overall experience of our current portfolio.”

Together the companies also plan to jointly innovate current and future product offerings, develop new solutions, and improve cost efficiencies in the IoT and 5G arenas.

Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with Telenor to bring together the strengths of both our companies and accelerate innovation in the telecommunications industry. We look forward to further driving Telenor’s ability to digitally transform its customers’ businesses with infrastructure, industry solutions and technology expertise—all on the cleanest cloud in the industry.”

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