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May 29, 2013 - London

 (Fornebu, 29th May 2013) Nordic Choice Hospitality Group AS has chosen Telenor as the supplier of computer networks to its hotels in the Nordic region. The hotel group is hereby guaranteeing its future computer use.

Through the agreement with Telenor, Nordic Choice will now receive broadband with a capacity of up to 1 Gbps to its hotels in Norway and Sweden. The higher capacity will be used for hotel operations and WiFi zones for hotel and conference guests at the chain's Nordic hotels. The capacity also enables innovation around new and exciting services in the future.

'The agreement we have entered into with Telenor is an important step in our strategic IT initiatives. High internet capacity is a prerequisite for meeting the usage needs of guests. The usage pattern of guests is constantly changing, and today's hotel guests often have between three and five devices that require high capacity internet access. In the short term, the agreement ensures that 170 Nordic Choice hotels are able to deliver the best internet access on the market to their guests and employees, and we're proud of that,' says Steinar Lien, Product Manager at Nordic Choice.

The agreement is a continuation of the strategic cooperation between Nordic Choice and Telenor that thus far has included fixed and mobile telephony, VoIP, SMS services, WAN and WLAN (WiFi zones). With the new agreement, the hotel chain's data infrastructure is being brought together on a single network.

'We are very pleased to be chosen in a competition against the largest Nordic IT companies operating in the market. This is an important continuation of our existing cooperation with Nordic Choice,' says Bjørn Ivar Moen, business market manager at Telenor.

Telenor also intends to develop 4G coverage at the largest Nordic Choice hotels during the course of the contract period, in order to meet users' increasing use of data.

Innovative hotel chain
Nordic Choice is a creative and innovative hotel group. In 2011, the company created hotel history with the opening of Comfort Hotel Xpress in Oslo. The hotel was the world's first to combine check-in kiosks, mobile check-in online, and room keys on mobile phones.

'Choice is an inspiring collaborative partner. We challenge each other to develop innovative solutions, and we look forward to being part of the further development of the hotel group's communications solutions,' says Moen.

For further information, please contact:
Nordic Choice, Product Manager Steinar Lien, Tel. 976 54 185, steinar.lien@choice.no
Nordic Choice, Director of IT Lars Evensen, Tel. 916 00 288, lars.evensen@choice.no
PR Manager at Telenor Norway, Kristin V. Tønnessen, Tel. 934 80 648, kvt@telenor.com

Facts about Nordic Choice Hotels:
Nordic Choice Hotels is the largest hotel group in the Nordic region with 170 hotels and 12,000 employees in Scandinavia and the Baltic. The company markets the chains Comfort, Quality Hotels, Quality Resort, Clarion Collection, and Clarion, as well as 9 unique hotel gems within Nordic Hotels & Resorts. All hotels have environmental certification in accordance with ISO 14001.

Facts about Telenor Norway:
Telenor Norway is the largest provider of telecommunications and data services in the country. The company provides services within telephony, broadband, and cable TV to residential and business customers via a nationwide mobile and fixed network. Telenor also sells services to other telecoms operators. Telenor has 4400 employees working in over 30 locations around Norway, including Svalbard. Telenor's head office is located at Fornebu in Oslo.





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