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January 1970

Pakistani Community Awards Telenor CEO

Islamabad, Thursday August 16, 2007: The Pakistani community in Norway presented President & CEO Telenor Group Jon Fredrik Baksaas with a special award on the occasion of Pakistan 60th Independence Day celebrations. The Bridge Builder Award honors people who have contributed to strengthening cultural and bilateral ties between Pakistan and Norway.

The ceremony took place at the SAS Hotel in Oslo on 14 August in an auditorium packed with representatives from the Norwegian Pakistani community celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day. This is the second time the Telenor Group has received the award, the first time being in 2004, which was received by CEO Telenor Pakistan Tore Johnsen on Telenor Groups behalf.

Receiving the award, Baksaas expressed his sincere gratitude and said it was a great honor for him to receive the Bridge Builder Award 2007 on behalf of the Telenor Group. We see the award as an indication that the Pakistani community in Norway recognizes and supports our commitment in Pakistan. It means a lot to receive this recognition, he said.

It is our experience that the Pakistani authorities are recognizing telecommunications' role as a crucial element of social and economic development, and that the climate for investment and business activities is good, Baksaas said.

Commenting on the award presentation, President and CEO Telenor Pakistan Tore Johnsen said, The Bridge Builder Award for Telenor Group is in recognition of the work of Telenor Pakistan and its employees, and we feel honored. Telenor Pakistan prides itself for its customer focus, strong ethics and community involvement. We aim to contribute to Pakistan social and economic development by doing business that serves the society.

The Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communications services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 129 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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