Telenor to cut 170 jobs in line with digital strategy

Norwegian incumbent and state-controlled telecom company says digitalisation requires new skills, more cost-effective operations.

Telenor this week said it will cut 170 jobs at its Norwegian operation in the broadband and technology division, as the telco restructures in line with its digitalisation strategy.

The changes come, according to Telenor, as a result of the company being in the middle of an ongoing technology shift, ‘with digitalisation, and new customer needs, there are changes in the way we need to work.’

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“We are working to establish new competencies in the company to meet the rapid technological development,” said Berit Svendsen, CEO of Telenor Norway, in a statement on Thursday.

The changes are due to take effect from 1 April, and are in line with Telenor’s transformation from a traditional telco to a digital service provider, the company said, which requires new skills and more cost-effective operations.

The axed staff will be offered severance packages and restructuring aid.

“Our main priority going forward is to ensure an orderly process with good information to our employees who will be affected,” Svendsen said.

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“It’s a tough day,” Torild Lid Uribarri, communications director for Telenor, told state broadcaster, NRK.

Telenor currently has around 3,900 employees at 24 locations in Norway, plus thousands more abroad, mostly in Asia and eastern Europe.

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