Telenor (News - Alert) has recently inked new global syndication agreement with Microsoft (News - Alert) that allows Telenor to sell licences for Office 365 as well as Microsoft's other services. Telenor is, therefore, one of the first telecom operators in the world to offer a telephony service within Lync Online from Microsoft Office 365.
From now on, Telenor’s business customers can get two professional business products as a single integrated package, namely Telenor's mobile business network 'Mobilt Bedriftsnett' and Microsoft Office 365, with voice included. Both these products are manageable in the cloud and are run by the Telenor and Microsoft data centres.
“Through this agreement, we are expanding our provision of cloud computing services with a solution that covers the communication needs of companies in one single package. We think this will satisfy a market need that is currently not being met,” says Telenor's manager of the business market, Bjorn Ivar Moen.
Telenor plans to officially launch Office 365 by next month and expects to have the product for voice integration ready for the market during the fourth quarter of 2013.
“We are delighted that Telenor is launching a service that brings together the best of both our worlds,” says Dagfinn Ringas, director of business and partners at Microsoft Norway.“With Telenor's telephony services fully integrated into Lync Online and Office 365, companies will be able to optimise their telecomms, collaboration and IT infrastructure. We have already seen considerable interest amongst customers for this type of solution in the markets where Telenor will be launching the service,” says Ringas.
In addition, Telenor's Norway two million plus customers can now use their cloud services on a daily basis and create new opportunities for integration with telecommunication services.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman