Now here is a surprise. Businessweek compiled its list of Top 100 IT Companies today, and Telenor (the group) made it to #5 – ahead of Apple, Microsoft, RIM (Blackberry), AT&T, Nintendo, Accenture, Google, Verizon and more!
Telenor!? Ahead of Apple? Someone get me a new cup of coffee, maybe I’m not reading this right.
Here is the what the article says about them:
Norway’s Telenor is no different, but it has managed to balance the inevitable decline of fixed-line revenue in its home market by expanding into fast-growing emerging countries such as Hungary and Malaysia, while making inroads into new services such as cable TV.
Maybe its all this humidity, because I still dont get it – can some other telecom analyst out there tell me what I’m missing about Telenor which has made them more service-aware than Verizon and more “IT” than Apple? And why are Walmart and Dell not in the top25?
Nonetheless, congratulations to Telenor! This seems to be a month of “receiving” praises for them, with everyone from the President to International Groups recognizing Telenor’s performance, especially in Pakistan.
After the link, the top 25 companies.
- America Movil – World’s fifth largest wireless provider
- Hon Hai Precision Industry – Top electronics manfacturer (iPod, PS2, motherboards)
- Telenor (the entire group, not just PK)
- China Mobile (the group)
- RIM (Blackberry)
- Vimpelcom – Russia’s no.2 wireless operator
- British Telecom
- Bharti Airtel – This is not a group — this is just India
- Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) – Russia’s largest operator
- Millicom International – The group
- Cisco Systems
- Tata Consultancy Services
- Anixter International
- Verizon Wireless