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Telenor Start IoT aims to significantly decrease time-to-market for businesses and startups by providing test access to our IoT Cloud platform, IoT networks and competence.

Start IoT is aimed at business in the beginning or in transition of their IoT or M2M journeys. We want to provide you easy access to accumulated knowledge and support in our forum as well as a possibility to test our IoT offerings before any heavy procurement processes or investments.


The history of Start IoT began in 2016 when Telenor Group CEO Sigve Brekke challenged Telenor Research to come up with an initiative that could build competence and stimulate digital innovation in Norway. Telenor Research started by asking our key stakeholders within Norwegian academia, industry and government institutions what direction such an initiative should take. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) came back as the answers. The AI part manifested itself with the opening of Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab together with NTNU and SINTEF on 08/03/2017, while the IoT part came to life through Telenor Start IoT. The IoT and AI initiatives complement each other – IoT will create large sets of data and AI/Machine Learning can and will be used to analyse and extract value from these IoT datasets.

During the fall of 2019, Telenor Start IoT evolved from being a research project, and the initiative was transferred from Telenor Research to Telenor Norway. From January 2020, Telenor Start IoT was an offering for business customers in Norway who wanted to test and develop new IoT use cases without making large up-front investments. In January 2022 we are launching Start IoT as a Nordic and then global offering from Telenor IoT.

Telenor provides you with the tools you need for creating value on the Internet of Things. Let us learn and innovate together!