Telenor seeks TeliaSonera merger

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor is aiming for a merger with TeliaSonera and has engaged the services of Nordea and JP Morgan to analyze a possible deal, reports the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

In its report, the paper cites “people with insight into the process”.

France Télécom’s recent expression of interest in the Swedish-Finish TeliaSonera has forced Telenor to take a position on the deal, and according to the newspaper’s sources, there is a continuing dialogue between the two Scandinavian telecom operators in which different possibilities are being discussed.

The first contacts for this round of talks took place a year ago and TeliaSonera’s former CEo Anders Igel is said to have favoured a merger.

One of the reasons behind possible deal is growth in Eastern Europe and Asia, where both companies are firmly anchored. The merged company would also control 64 percent of the Swedish market for mobile phone subscriptions.

Nine years ago, Sweden’s Minister of Enterprise at the time, Björn Rosengren, attempted to broker a merger between’s Sweden’s Telia and Telenor, but the deal fell apart.

Telia later combined with Finland’s Sonera to form TeliaSonera in 2003.


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One in ten international students in Norway has had Covid-19

Ten percent of overseas students studying in Norway, compared to just 2.9 percent of Norwegian students, have had Covid-19, according to the Students Health and Well Being Survey (SHoT).

Some 62,000 thousand of Norway’s 300,000 students responded to the survey.

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Overall, nearly three percent said that they been infected with the Coronavirus, just over half have had to self isolate, and 70 percent took tests.

Woman in her 40’s charged with murder

A woman has been charged with murder in Halden, southeast Norway after a body was found in an apartment in the towns centre.

She will be questioned on Tuesday. A public defender has been appointed. 

Six police cars attended the scene at a small housing association in the centre of Halden.

A person found in the same apartment is being questioned as a witness.

Network provider Telenor’s revenues down 2.1 billion kroner compared to last year

Telenor’s revenues are down 2.1 billion in the first quarter and the company has written of its 6.5 billion kroner investment in Myanmar following Februarys military coup.

The mobile network operator became one of the first foreign providers in the country and had gained a 35 percent market share.

However, the country’s new military regime shut down the mobile network on March 15th.

“In Myanmar, we are experiencing a confusing and uncertain situation. We are deeply concerned about the development in the country,” The company stated in its quarterly report.

Norway and Sweden in reindeer border dispute

Swedish Sami reindeer herders will appear in court this week in a case against the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Swedish Sami herders believe they have exclusive rights to grazing areas across the Norwegian border because they have lived in the surrounding area for hundreds of years. The Norwegian government rejects these claims.

The reindeer grazing convention will be central to the case; the convention facilitates mutual cross-border grazing for reindeer herds.

Sweden withdrew from the convention in 2005. However, Norway enshrined the convention in law in 2005.

483 Coronavirus infections recorded

On Monday, 483 new cases of Covid-29 were registered, an increase of 75 compared to the average of the previous week.

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This is down from 1150 cases registered during the peak of Norway’s third wave on March 16th.

This is partly because fewer infections are registered during weekends and public holidays, causing an uptick on Mondays.