Norwegian telecom operator Telenor is planning to create a dedicated internet of things network the country. This next-gen IoT network will be established and will be available in multiple Norwegian cities. The first pilot will be located in Oslo, in collaboration with StartupLab.
The telecom firm on Thursday announced two specific initiatives to support entrepreneurship and competence building in Norway. The ambition is to strengthen the nation’s competitiveness and to stimulate job creation by Norwegian startups.
Telenor said startups and students will get cost-free access to the IoT network in order to develop and test their products and services.
Besides the IoT network, Telenor is also planning to establish a lab focused on artificial intelligence and big data at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the leading research institute SINTEF.
Telenor’s AI Lab at NTNU will conduct research and run innovation programs within artificial intelligence and big data. The lab will research how machines can contribute to developing new services by identifying structures and hidden knowledge in large data sets. It will rely in part on data from next generation Iota networks such as the one Telenor will pilot with StartupLab.
“We need to build critical competencies within artificial intelligence and we want to give Norwegian startups the resources they need to succeed. This is imperative for our ability to seize digital opportunities and contribute to creating new jobs. Startups play a key role in net job creation. We aim to stimulate productivity in Norway by developing new competencies and supporting the startup community,” says Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group.
In order to support Norwegian companies aiming at taking an international position within artificial intelligence, the lab will work closely with the industry, research institutions, academia and the startup community. The research institute SINTEF will contribute actively to projects at the lab and ensure tight integration with the Norwegian industry at large, Telenor said in a statement.