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SAS to prolong and extend agreement with Telenor


(Fornebu/Stockholm, 7 February 2006): Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has prolonged and extended its communications agreement with Telenor until 2010. The new agreement has a total value of approximately SEK 350 million, and involves supply of all fixed and mobile telephony to the SAS Group in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for the duration of the agreement period.

“At SAS, we have previous experience with Telenor as a practical and reliable supplier. Telenor’s position in the Scandinavian market, with respect to coverage, products and services, enables SAS to increase the functionalities of the services we purchase, while simultaneously reducing our costs. This is achieved by adopting new technology and by furthering our long-term collaboration with Telenor,” said Ingvar Söderlund, CIO of the SAS Group.

Telenor has supplied communications solutions to the SAS Group since 1998, and this new agreement ensures that the partnership with Telenor will be extended to 12 consecutive years. Communications solutions are of critical importance to SAS’ business activities.

SAS has placed stringent demands on the supplies from Telenor. As part of the new agreement, SAS will rely more heavily on IP-based communications solutions and on mobile voice traffic. Estimates from SAS indicate that close to 70 per cent of all voice traffic within the group will be mobile. In Sweden, Telenor-owned Vodafone will continue to supply mobile telephony, whereas in Denmark, Sonofon will be SAS’ natural partner.

“At Telenor, we have developed a ”One Phone Concept“ that enables us to deliver tailor-made voice solutions in line with specifications from our customers. SAS is a demanding customer with respect to the ”One Phone Concept“, and we are pleased to be able to deliver in accordance the company’s demands. We are also pleased that Telenor, which is strongly committed to the Nordic region, has been chosen to supply services to SAS in Sweden, Denmark and Norway,” said Kjell-Erik Tenold, CEO of Telenor AB.


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