The result exceeded the expectations and we are extremely proud that we managed to save as much as a yearly energy consumption of almost 100 self-contained houses
Since the Millenium Development Goals were launched over a decade ago, we have seen a lot of positive developments. However, within the network we felt that one significant challenge remained; goals regarding corruption. Corruption plays an important part in for example poverty and the discrimination of human rights. So within the network we decided to do something about it. When the original millennium goals were set, companies were practically not a part of the process at all. Today, we sit in the front row and are influential. That is what I call progress!
The importance of private sector engagement for sustainable global development is increasingly being recognized, in Sweden as well as globally. Companies have great potential to address major challenges such as corruption. Sida is working actively to promote this through different models for private sector collaboration.
I have spoken about the voice to data transition for many years and in Sweden it is now really kicking off. As Tele2 Sweden has continued to build out its 4G capacity and reach, we can match the needs of the customers and now offer true mobility. A high market maturity is needed, which we have in Sweden, and therefore I do not foresee the same kind of offerings on our other markets in the short term.
Since we formed Tele2 Norway in 1995 we have built a successful mobile business of 1.2 million customers. We are proud to have strong brand names, an effective organization, and talented employees. However, the competitive constraints we faced without resources on the multiband frequency required us to evaluate different options for our Norwegian businesses. Whilst we have not been able to complete our originally desired strategy, the proposed deal is good for our customers, shareholders and for Tele2 as a whole. This is an attractive transaction at a good valuation and it enhances our opportunities to challenge and take new steps on other markets.
Tele2 set out to build partnerships that make it simple and viable for business customers to deploy M2M/IoT across their entire organisation and we look forward to working with NetComm Wireless to deliver the seamless connection, customization and control capabilities needed to achieve this objective
The Vattenfall Group is one of the larger European players within the field of energy and utilities. We are extremely delighted that the Vattenfall Group has chosen Tele2 as the supplier for their connectivity across Europe. This contract is another proof point that Tele2’s global M2M offering is highly competitive and attractive on the market.
CSL offers the most resilient and reliable managed network in the industry. It is the DualCom Gemini Managed Network that provides the critical connectivity for hundreds of thousands of protected premises throughout Europe and enables CSL to push the boundaries of innovation. CSL now wants to continue growth outside of their UK home market, into the Nordics and across Europe. We are delighted that CSL DualCom has chosen Tele2 as the supplier for this expansion
It is a great pleasure to welcome Jeff to the Tele2 family. We feel confident that he will be able to maximise our Dutch business and fulfill the growth potential that we are pursuing in the market. Jeff has a proven track record of swiftly and resolutely guiding companies to achieve great results. Together with our experienced CFO, Ernst-Jan, who has done a phenomenal job as acting CEO for the past months, they constitute a team that will offer our customers what they need for less.
I’m a huge fan of challenger brands and the benefits they bring to consumers, often providing game changing innovation and increased value for money. And having spent the last five years at Virgin Media, the opportunity to join Tele2 to lead their challenge in the Dutch market is incredibly exciting.
I see 2014 as a year when we remove uncertainty around Tele2. The Netherlands and Kazakhstan need to maintain their momentum within mobile. Tele2 Sweden will cement its position as the leader in mobile data services. The situation in Norway will be addressed in a way that maximizes value for shareholders.
Partnerships is the right way of going to market in the M2M/IoT world. At Tele2, we are actively focusing on our partnership strategy. By partnering with Wipro we can jointly offer an end-to-end solution that will help our customers to realize business opportunities in a simple, flexible and secure way.
Wipro's partnership with Tele2 is driven by growing demand and interest for M2M solutions across verticals from customers throughout Europe. Our relationship with Tele2 will enable both companies to provide customers with a compelling, end-to-end M2M service and business solution.
”The Jasper Wireless platform will provide our M2M/IoT customers with a highly flexible and powerful platform to manage connected devices. The platform is easy to use and will support Tele2 in delivering a simple and customer oriented M2M/IoT solution.”
”Our M2M/IoT solutions will help our customers and partners to reduce costs, identify new revenue streams and contribute to a more sustainable society. Our partnership with Jasper Wireless puts Tele2 in the right position to challenge other players in the global M2M/IoT market.”
The potential of M2M is great and we believe that now is the time to make a dedicated move. The market is ready for a broad roll-out, as more and more companies see how they can connect IT and communication services with their business processes - with cost savings and new revenue streams as a result.
Even if we will have our M2M customer base in parts of the Tele2 footprint, the M2M business is global in its nature. Our customers’ activities are increasingly international in character – almost regardless of size. Hence, it is natural for us to offer them our services wherever they go.
“We have greatly appreciated Günther’s contributions to the company’s success during his years with Tele2. His extensive experience and understanding of the telecom industry has been of great value to the business and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors”.
“We see a promising future future for Tele2 in this market, driven by the opportunities that our 4G investments will bring. However, there are also challenges and possibilities within our consumer fixed broadband that need to be swiftly and sharply addressed. Hence, it feels good that we have a strong management team in place in Tele2 Netherlands. We are confident that they will take the business to the next level.”
“Our industry is undergoing a pivotal transition which is happening faster than expected and we have to adapt even more quickly to the new conditions that characterise our environment. Because the underlying trends - and our strategy - are unchanged, I keep seeing good opportunities ahead of us.”
Today’s results show good progress in our mobile business, maintaining momentum in gaining customers and growing revenues. Obviously, we are fighting the same headwinds as our peers around Europe – a tough regulatory environment and declining fixed voice and broadband business. Nevertheless, our main mobile operations performed very well with positive underlying services revenue development in Sweden: +4 percent, the Netherlands: + 81 percent, Norway: +13 percent and Kazakhstan: + 64 percent. This is in congruence with our guidance for the coming years ahead.