What is Telenor Health?
Telenor Health is a purpose-driven company created to leverage mobile technology to help make high quality health information, advice, and services accessible for everyone. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile telecoms providers.
What is Telenor Health's History?
In January 2015, Telenor Health AS was incorporated as a limited company in Norway. The company received permission from the Government of Bangladesh in July 2015 to open a branch office in the country. In partnership with sister company Grameenphone, Telenor Health launched its first free product in June 2016 and its first paid products in April 2017. Although Telenor Health as a standalone entity is relatively young, the firm builds on more than two decades of work across Telenor Group in areas like telemedicine and healthcare IT.
Is Telenor Health a CSR initiative or a for profit company?
Telenor Health aspires to improve health for millions of people, and achieving this will require mobilizing resources at a significant scale. We have created Telenor Health as a company because we believe that self-sustaining business models will be important for obtaining these investments. At the same time, as a digital services company we focus on long term metrics, not only financial returns. And as a healthcare company, we evaluate our performance based on health and social outcomes, not only business results.
How does Telenor Health relates to Telenor's core businesses?
Telenor-owned mobile network operators are sister companies to us, and we work with these entities in a variety of ways. For example, Grameenphone is the “customer” for our Tonic Free offering, and also serves as a preferred marketing and distribution partner for our paid offerings to consumers and companies. Although we partner with Telenor mobile operators, we are independent of them and have the ability to work in markets where Telenor does not have a footprint for its “core” telecoms business.
Where does Telenor Health operate?
We currently offer services to customers in Bangladesh. We aim to expand to other markets in Telenor Group’s footprint — and beyond — in the coming years.