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Visionary Keynote
at ITU Telecom World 2013 focuses on Internet for All

Telenor Group CEO to give keynote speech on inclusive digital future, CNN’s John Defterios to moderate


Bangkok, 12 November 2013 – Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group will deliver a Visionary Keynote at ITU Telecom World 2013, the leading platform for networking and debate, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 19-22 November this year. CNN's Emerging Markets Editor and Global Exchange anchor John Defterios will act as moderator for the keynote speech.

Global mobile operator Telenor Group is one of the top ten global mobile operators and a leading player in Asia currently preparing for operations in Myanmar. Mr Baksaas will share his perspective on how operators can best connect the most people with mobile Internet and the opportunities this widespread mobile connectivity will present in the fast-growing region.

“Mobile connectivity is not a luxury good for the elite; it's a necessity for everyone, driving opportunity and growth,” said Baksaas. “Emerging nations can use connectivity to leapfrog developmental stages into an inclusive digital future.”

Taking place on Wednesday, 20 November at 18:00 local time (11:00 UTC) in the Jupiter rooms at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, the Visionary Keynote will be webcast live.

“I am very pleased that industry leaders like Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor, share ITU’s commitment to connect the world,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “Digital inclusion is more relevant than ever in the rapidly transforming ICT sector, and the perspective of Telenor as both a leading regional player in Asia and a major global operator is of particular interest. I look forward to attending this session which will be moderated by CNN's John Defterios.”

For more information on Telenor’s efforts to bring Internet for All, see: www.telenor.com/media/in-focus/internet-for-all/

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Media Information:

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For more information, see world2013.itu.int or contact: Media Accreditation enquiries:

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