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Publicly traded Aktieselskab
Traded as OMXTDC
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1990
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Key people
Vagn Sørensen (Chairman), Carsten Dilling (President and CEO)
Products Fixed line and mobile telephony, Internet, digital television, IT services, satellite phone, Web hosting
Revenue DKK 26.17 billion (2010)[1]
DKK 4.069 billion (2010)[1]
Profit DKK 3.007 billion (2010)[1]
Total assets DKK 64.79 billion (end 2010)[1]
Total equity DKK 20.86 billion (end 2010)[1]
Number of employees
9143 (FTE, end 2012)[1]

TDC A/S (formerly Tele Danmark) is a Danish telecommunications company dating back to 1879. As of today,[when?] TDC is the largest telephone company in Denmark with approximately 8.9 million customer relations (2010[2]) within telephony, broadband, and television. The company's headquarters are located on Teglholmsgade in Copenhagen. Even though the Danish home market is the primary focus of business, TDC is also represented as a market challenger in Norway, Sweden, and Finland through the business unit TDC Nordic.

Beside the parent company, the TDC-group consists of ten subsidiaries: CompanyMobile, Dansk Kabel TV, FastTV, Fullrate, NetDesign, Onfone, Telmore, Unotel and YouSee.


On 21 August 1882, Carl Frederik Tietgen took over The International Bell Telephone Company, an American-owned telephone exchange on Lille Kongensgade in Copenhagen, for DKK 200,000 and founded Kjøbenhavns Telefon Aktieselskab, KTS, later Kjøbenhavns Telefon Aktieselskab, KTAS. 21 August 1882 is therefore considered TDC’s foundation date.

Over the past decade,[when?] TDC developed from a traditional and mainly Danish provider of landline and mobile telephony services into a Danish-based European provider of communications solutions. Deregulation of the Danish telecommunications market in 1996 created a highly competitive[clarification needed] market. In 2004, the Danish telecommunications market was fully liberalized. TDC was partly privatized in 1994 and fully privatized in 1998, and at year-end 2004, TDC's shares were held mainly by institutions and retail investors in Denmark, Great Britain and the United States.[citation needed]

In 2006, a group of private equity firms under the banner Nordic Telephone Company (NTC) offered to buy TDC for a price of about 9.1 billion Euro. Among the group were companies such as Blackstone, Permira, Apax Partners and KKR. The company bought 88% of the shares, but failed to buy more than 90% of the shares and was thus unable to remove the company completely from the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Also in 2006, TDC pulled out of the UK mobile telephony market, with the closure of their joint venture with Easy Group, Easy Mobile.[citation needed]

In 2010, Nordic Telephone Company (NTC) began the process of selling its shares in TDC on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange, initially reducing its 88 percent holding of the company to less than 60 percent.[3]

In 2012, the company had a total revenue of 26 billion DKK, and employed around 9,000 people in Denmark.

In 2014, the company purchased the Norwegian telecommunications firm Get AS for 12.5 billion Danish crowns.[4]

Business lines[edit]

TDC is organized as six main business lines:

TDC Solutions provides communications services primarily in Denmark and the Nordic countries. Its activities include landline telephony services, convergence products (combined landline and mobile telephony), broadband solutions, advanced security and hosting services, data communications and Internet services, leased lines, sale of terminals and installation.

TDC Mobile International provides mobile services in Denmark and a number of European countries. The domestic activities include the fully owned companies TDC Mobil, a Danish-based mobile operator, and Telmore, a Danish service provider. TDC Mobile International also an 80% stake in Telmore International, which takes care of cooperation with EasyGroup, and until 2008 held a 19.6% stake in Polkomtel, a Polish mobile operator.

from October 2014, TDC will offer unlimited mobile phone calls in Europe for its business customers, while those businesses paying for the highest level service would also be able to call non-Danish numbers for free.[5]

TDC Cable TV is a Danish provider of cable television and broadband access. It changed its name to YouSee A/S 1 October 2007.

TDC Directories publishes printed, electronic and Internet-based directories in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

TDC Hosting provides web hosting service.

Others include primarily TDC Services, which provides mainly business services for the TDC Group’s domestic business lines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2010" (PDF). TDC. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ TDC's årsrapport 2010
  3. ^ "Bloomberg Business". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions". Reuters. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Denmark's TDC to launch unlimited business calls in Europe". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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