The Norwegian competition authority has approved Telia Company’s acquisition of Phonero. The transaction will strengthen Telia’s position in the Norwegian enterprise segment.
“I’m very happy to see that we are making good progress in Norway which is a market where I see a great potential for Telia Company to invest more and give more to our customers and society. The acquisition of Phonero will strengthen our position and make us an even stronger challenger in the enterprise segment,” says Johan Dennelind, President and CEO Telia Company.
Telia has in record time made significant investments in the 4G network which, in numerous independent tests, has been awarded the best network in the country.
“Telia and Phonero have complementary expertise and solutions, and the transaction will enable us to be more innovative, provide better customer service and ensure that we provide a more diverse service to our business customers. This transaction will also strengthen competition in the Norwegian enterprise segment, says Abraham Foss, CEO of Telia Company’s Norwegian operations.
Phonero’s customers will be transferred to Telia’s mobile network during the second half of 2017. In good time before this happens, Telia will, as the first operator in Norway, make sure that that Voice over Wi-Fi and other technologies are in place to enable even better indoor coverage. Phonero will continue to operate under the Phonero brand and with its base in Kristiansand.
Closure in Q2
The transaction is expected to generate annual cost synergies of approximately NOK 400 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.