Telenor partners Google Cloud on digital transformation

Telenor has entered into a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to explore strategic initiatives in the area of digital transformation.

The news comes as Telenor continues to modernise the telecoms industry by digitalising and expanding its offerings beyond just connectivity. As the network becomes increasingly software-based, Telenor is exploring how to use Google Cloud’s expertise in data management, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as the company’s infrastructure, to bring together the complimentary technologies to Telenor’s customers.

“Telenor wants to work with leaders in the tech industry and stay committed to being at the forefront of modernisation and digitalisation,” said Sigve Brekke (pictured), president and CEO of Telenor Group.

“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.”

Specifically, the partnership will give Telenor greater flexibility to meet its technology objectives by firstly strengthening Telenor’s technology capabilities by looking into how Google Cloud’s services, global data centre network, and security capabilities can be used.

At the same time, both companies will aim to drive better customer experiences by using Google Cloud’s data, analytics and machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.

Next, both companies will expand both horizontal and vertical services through joint go-to-market activities, creating new scalable revenue streams.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Telenor to bring together the strengths of both our companies and accelerate innovation in the telecommunications industry,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud.

“We look forward to further accelerating Telenor’s ability to digitally transform its customers’ businesses with infrastructure, industry solutions and technology expertise all on the cleanest cloud in the industry.”

In the area of innovation, Telenor and Google Cloud will develop and enhance the capabilities of current and future products, develop new modern industry solutions and services, and drive cost efficiencies. This may include such next generation technologies as virtual network function and edge computing, focusing on IoT and 5G.

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