GN’s heritage goes back to 1869. Since the earliest days, GN has been focusing on communication as a prerequisite for the development of the world. What started out as a telegraph company is today a global leader within hearing aids and hands free communication




2014

GN ReSound launches ReSound LiNX™ and the corresponding Beltone First™ - the world’s first Made for iPhone hearing aids




2012

On January 12, 2012, the TPSA-settlement brings closure to 10 years of dispute regarding the traffic volumes carried over the NSL optical telecommunications system in Poland. GN receives DKK 3.1 billion


2010

GN ReSound introduces ReSound Alera - the first hearing aid featuring 2.4 GHz technology
2006 

In June 2006, GN moves into the new 50,000 square meter office building in Ballerup, Denmark



2007

On November 6, 2007, the signed contract from 2006 to divest GN ReSound to Sonova for DKK 15.1 billion is blocked by the German Cartel Office
2005 

GN ReSound acquires German hearing instrument manufacturer Interton




2003 

His Royal Highness Prince Joachim is the guest of honor at the colorful opening of GN's factory in Xiamen, China


2000 

GN acquires Beltone Electronics Corporation. The acquisition of Beltone Electronics is GN’s largest acquisition to date.

GN's top management also decides to sell Sonofon to the Norwegian company Telenor at a price of DKK 14.7 billion. The sale of Sonofon was the largest private transaction in Danish business history. 

Finally, GN Netcom also acquires the US company Jabra Corporation. Jabra was the largest and leading supplier of advanced hands free headset devices for mobile phones in the US


2000s

1999 

GN acquires US based hearing instrument manufacturer ReSound Corporation. The company was merged with GN Danavox under the new name GN ReSound


1994

GN celebrates its 125 years anniversary. C.F. Tietgen’s old telegraph company is back in the telecommunication business due to the concession on the Danish mobile telephone operation, and the Danish-Russian optical cable opened in 1993. From 1992 to 1995 GN's telecommunication profit rises from DKK 1.9 million to DKK 117.8 million




1992 

GN Danavox introduces the first commercially available hearing instrument to use digital sound processing


1991 

In May 1991, a mobile telephone consortium led by GN receives the attractive GSM concession from the national Danish telecommunication authorities. In March 1992, GN's new subsidiary Sonofon opens the first private mobile telephone network in Denmark


1990 

GN Danavox acquires the Danish manufacturer of audiological equipment, Madsen Electronics. The acquisition brings together a manufacturer of hearing instruments with a manufacturer of diagnostic equipment. Today, the company is known as GN Otometrics, a global leader in audiological measurement equipment


1986 

GN’s management decides to move the production of headsets from GN Danavox to a new telecom division. The new division takes over the name GN Netcom from a producer of office data equipment, which GN acquired in 1984


1985

GN changes its name from Great Northern Telegraph Company to GN Great Nordic. The aim was to establish a new group identity and all subsidiaries were entitled GN, GN Danavox, GN Nettest, GN Automatic etc.




1978 

GN acquires 53 percent of the Danish electrical installation producer LK-NES. LK-NES was by far the largest company in the GN conglomerate, which in 1978 consisted of the Great Northern Telegraph Company, Hellesens-Tudor, GNT Automatic, Danavox and LK-NES


1977 

GN acquires the Danish hearing instrument manufacturer Danavox. This acquisition turns out to be a cornerstone in GN's history


1973 

In the early 1970s, GN is partly a telegraph company and partly a holding company. Almost all employees at the headquarters were telegraph staff.  

In addition to its core business, GN owns three companies: The international battery manufacturer A/S Hellesens, the radio telephone producer STORNO and the telephone manufacturer GNT Automatic, which GN owns in co-operation with the Swedish tele-giant LM Ericsson


1969 

On GN's 100 years anniversary the Japanese Russian JASC connection is opened, and GN's cable network thus covers connections from North America via Siberia to Japan.


1950 

The British cable producer, Submarine Cables, Ltd. delivers the world's so far longest submarine coaxial cable (570 km between Denmark and the UK) to GN. GN's annual income from the cable connections consequently rises from around DKK 7-8 million in the late 1940s to around DKK 15 million in the 1950s


1947 

In the summer of 1947, GN's managing director, Bent Suenson, receives an unexpected but important visit by two young engineers. They suggest that GN should become involved in a new prospering industry - FM radio communication.

In March 1948, the subsidiary STORNO (STORe NOrd) is established. It exists as a GN subsidiary until 1976 when the company was sold to American General Electric


1940 

Nazi-German troops invade Denmark, and the telegraph connections between Denmark and all countries except Germany are interrupted. Consequently, GN loses contact with the stations in several European cities and in East Asia.

In June 1941, the connections between Europe and the USSR are blocked, and by the end of 1941 all telegraph communication inside East Asia is suspended


1930 

In the late thirties the company is among the richest in Denmark, and the fortune is placed in cash or national bonds


1907 

GN is one of the leading international telegraph companies. The network consists of 15,600 km, which connects Northern Europe via Siberia with the most sophisticated network in East Asia


1900s

1880 

One of GN's most important tasks in the 1880s is to support the extension of the telegraph network in China. On behalf of the Chinese government, GN establishes cable connections between Shanghai and Tientsin and later between Shanghai and Canton


1872 

On January 1, 1872, GN opens the world's first telegraph connection from Northern Europe via Siberia to Japan and Hong Kong




1869 

On June 1, 1869, the Great Northern Telegraph Company is established on the initiative of the Danish industrial mogul C. F. Tietgen


1800s