History

Financing - a route to increased sales.

1980
The former Televerket (the Telecommunications Administration) seeks the permission of the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) to establish its own finance company. The principle argument was that this would lead to increased sales.

1981
The Riksdag denies the application.

1982
Televerket assures the Riksdag that the planned company would work solely with Televerket's own investments. The proposal is approved despite certain misgivings among politicians. Televerket enlists the assistance of Merkantil Leasing in establishing Telefinans.

1982–1984
Operations gradually broaden. For example, it becomes possible for Telefinans to finance all equipment delivered by Televerket.

All agreements to Telefinans

1984
Telefinans acquires a stock of about 23,000 agreements from Televerket. The transactions create a certain degree of disorder due to insufficient administrative capacity.

1986
The company starts to build up a sales organization to be able to actively process Telia's sales force. The cooperation with Merkantil Leasing is phased out.

1987–1988
Telefinans opens local offices in Malmö and Gothenburg. Subsidiaries Sergel Inkasso and Teletrading are also launched.

Packaging forms the foundation for successful business

1989
Telefinans secures authorization as a finance company. It becomes possible to finance Televerket's network solutions. The company launches packaged leasing solutions including hardware, network solutions and service. This concept quickly achieves considerable success.

1990
The company starts its Finance School, where Televerket personnel learn to sell more by offering solutions from Telefinans.

1992
Telefinans establishes the subsidiary Telia Card, offering credit card services to business travelers.

1993
Televerket changes name to Telia.

Conquering the Nordic region

1994
Telia establishes Telia Handel, a network of independent companies selling Telia's products and services. Telefinans establishes a team to support Telia Handel and is thus able, for the first time, to finance solutions not delivered by Telia.

1995
Telefinans establishes branch offices in Denmark and Norway.

1996
Telefinans changes name to Telia Finans and is organized directly beneath Telia in its new Financial Services business area. Sergel Inkasso changes name to Sergel Kredittjänster and becomes a sister company to Telia Finans.

1997
Telia Finans opens a branch office in Finland.

1998
The company commences development of Entré, a web-based sales tool for suppliers and customers.

Clearer profile

2000
Two business areas are created: Telia Partner and IT Partner.

2001
The IT Funding team is established to support partners with their own sales forces.

2002
The Finnish branch office is phased out.

2003
The company is split to form two new companies: Telia Credit and Telia Finans.

2004
International finance company De Lage Landen acquires Telia Finans.

2005
Telia Credit secures permission to conduct financing operations. It also changes name to TeliaSonera Finans AB.

2009
The company establishes a new brand platform, with a strategy adapted to the guidelines applied by the TeliaSonera Group. Three new logotypes are launched: TeliaSonera Finans, Telia Finans and Sonera Rahoitus.