Started in 2015, Telenor Health uses mobile technology to deliver a host of health services in emerging markets. Launched in Bangladesh, its flagship product Tonic now boasts 3 million subscribers and growing. Telenor aims to bet big on health and Telenor Health is the company to do so. The ambition of the company is palpable in its launch announcement: “Telenor Health AS aims to develop a “digital front door to health”, that can be scaled to tens of millions of consumers across Telenor markets and beyond.”
All the services the company offers now are free except for its over the phone doctor consultation which costs users BDT 5 plus taxes per minute. The company plans to pursue a subscription freemium model. The services are currently available to only Grameenphone users but the company never ruled out the possibility of going beyond GP user base.
The potential of a scalable and effective digital health service is virtually infinite in Bangladesh, given the state of healthcare in the country, as well as globally. In an interview with Future Startup, Telenor Health CEO Sajid Rahman says the company plans to be in at least ten markets by 2020 and serve tens of millions of users.
Ambition: By 2020, Telenor Health plans to be in at least in ten markets and aim to have hundred million customers.