Our Contribution to Society
In an effort to show the positive effects of mobile communications Telenor commissioned Deloitte to carry out a study of our markets in Serbia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and Ukraine in 2007. This study revealed a close correlation between mobile penetration and GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth. In emerging markets, a 10 percent increase in mobile penetration could boost GDP growth by as much as 1.2 percent. Our business has a positive effect on increasing productivity, economic welfare, education and health improvement, disaster relief and improving conditions in rural areas and low income groups.
Wherever we are present worldwide, mobile communications technology contributes to social inclusion and helps people to stay in touch. However, for many people across the world, access to communications services remains a remote prospect. Access is a means of fighting poverty, illiteracy and poor health and a means of helping people to improve their living conditions. This is what we mean when we say Empowerment through Access. We continue to create value for society by providing more people with access to communications services.