How Telenor reduces inequalities on a global scale




A new direction for how Telenor operates as a responsible business was drawn up in 2016 – further developing our  way of managing risk, creating digital services designed to empower societies and anchoring our agenda within the framework of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – with a specific commitment to SDG#10; Reduced Inequalities.

We provide the power of digital communication,  the mobile internet enables everyone to improve their lives, it can be a way out of poverty and the means to better education, health, economic development and security. Our strategy towards 2020 is driven by the ambition to become our customers’ favourite partner in digital life.

Access to the mobile internet is a defining moment in a community’s social and economic development. Our promise is to connect 200 million people to the Internet by 2017, opening access to knowledge, opportunities and vital services that can bring a better future for everyone.

Since the first digital mobile phone call was made on the 1st July 1991, the GSM networks created across the planet have connected more people faster than any technology in history. These networks have boosted economies, transformed communities and empowered people across the world.

The world’s mobile operators have now unified behind one common industry purpose: Connecting everyone and everything to a better future. In launching the purpose, the entire industry is highlighting its commitment to playing a leading role in the achievement of the UN Global Goals. Ours is the first large industry group to align itself to the Global Goals; stating a clear intention to contribute and advance the societies in which we operate.  The purpose ensures we stay at the forefront of creating a world where everyone is connected, so the way we live and work together can continue to transform our planet for the better.

The mobile operator community has already connected half the world’s population – and provided mobile broadband coverage for more than three quarters of the world’s population. Over the next decade it will invest more than anyone else to connect the other half of the world, creating a more inclusive world, boosting economic growth and tackling the world’s biggest challenges.

Explore how the industry is tackling the UN Global Goals at


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