Telenor Group believes an overwhelming majority of an estimated 500 million children in its emerging-Asia markets will be accessing the Internet for the first time via mobile in the coming decade.
Within the next three years alone, the Norwegian company expects up to 85 million children will be introduced to the Internet via mobile in its global markets.
Telenor Group is lending its voice to “create a better Internet together”. In particular, it is prioritising the online safety of children, a vulnerable demographic to cyber risks in Telenor’s vast Asian footprint.
An estimated 500 million children live in Telenor’s Asian markets, many of whom will be first accessing the Internet in the subsequent several years.
“Telenor came to Asia two decades ago with a fundamental belief that mobile is for everyone. Now, the mass market is moving towards mobile Internet and we are determined to bring Internet for All.
“Mobile and data connectivity brings tremendous opportunities to people, business and societies, especially for youth who can connect, learn and avail services unimaginable only a few years back,” said Sigve Brekke, executive vice president and head of Telenor’s Asian operations.
In Thailand, about 14 million youths under the age of 14 will be accessing the Internet for the first time.
This is why DTAC (Total Access Communication) and Telenor focus on the right support system to help them navigate this world safely, he said.