Creating the future for 155+ years
Building the digital world
The inventions we’ve pioneered - from the transistor to the first satellite - have paved the way for the digital potential all around us.
We’re continuing to invent the new technology of the future for a world that acts together like never before.
For the past three decades, we’ve focused on transforming telecommunications.
From the first GSM call and the invention of the text message to creating the first 3G network, our game-changing innovations have connected the world.
Pioneering the future of networks
With our recent breakthroughs in microchips, massive MIMO and optical communications we’ve enabled increasingly large amounts of data to move seamlessly across the world through networks.
Today, as we seek to capture opportunity in the next technological era, we are driving a next evolution of networking where networks meet cloud.
Inventions that changed the world
Network on the Moon
Began creating the first network on the Moon.
We develop the concept of the Massive MIMO, which is now a foundational technology in 5G with great improvements in efficiency.
Self Organizing Networks
We create Self Organizing Networks that can automatically make adjustments to optimize and adapt to changes in the system.
Photonic Integrated Circuits
We create Photonic Integrated Circuits, which enable reductions in power consumption, size and cost for optical networking equipment.
We develop the Softrouter, which allows easier deployment and scaling of new services using exposed network capabilities.
We invent MIMO - which allows for greater throughput without increasing power or bandwidth requirements.
NZDF Optic Fiber
We invent a new type of optical fiber, Non-Zero Dispersion Fiber (NZDF), that becomes widely deployed in intercontinental and long-haul terrestrial networks.
Bell Labs researchers build and operate the world’s smallest semiconductor lasers - ‘microlasers’.
The world’s first Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) call is made using Nokia equipment.
At Bell Labs, Yann LeCun and Larry Jackel develop Convolutional Neural Networks, a class of deep, feed-forward artificial neural networks.
Solitons World Record
We break records by sending unique light pulses, called solitons, through 4,000km of optical fiber, without electronic regeneration.
We advance Dennis Ritchie’s original C programming language to become C++ Language - a flexible programming language for large-scale data processing systems.
Cellular Phone System
Two-thousand customers participate in the first public trial of a cellular phone system designed and developed by Bell Labs.
The first Bell System optical telephone communication system is installed under the streets of Chicago, each fibre pair carries the equivalent of 672 voice channels.
Bell Labs’ Dennis Ritchie develops C Language, arguably the most widely used programming language of all time, allowing for the coding of applications.
UNIX OS Software
We develop UNIX OS - a simple but elegant time-share software system for minicomputers, which can be found in most of the world's internet services and cell phones.
The Big Bang Theory
Our scientists confirm the Big Bang.
Bell Labs and NASA launch Telstar I - the world’s first active orbiting communications satellite to connect the globe through live transmission.
We invent lasers - which revolutionizes not only the communications industry, but also many other global processes.
We create the the Bell solar battery, the first successful device to convert the sun's energy into substantial amounts of electricity.
Birth of AI
Renowned Bell Lab’s researcher, Claude Shannon, creates a pioneering prototypical AI device (a robotic mouse named Theseus) that can self-navigate a maze through automated switching.
Claude Shannon develops Information Theory at Bell Labs, which lays the groundwork for all digital communications going forward.
We invent the transistor - developed as a replacement for vacuum tubes, the tiny device later revolutionizes the entire electronics industry.
The first commercial mobile telephone service, developed by Bell Labs, launches.
Bell Labs’ Russell Ohl makes significant ion discoveries that ultimately lead to the development of the transistor and the solar cell.
George Stibitz of Bell Labs produces the first Binary Digital Computer, which can be operated from a distance over a telegraph circuit.
Origin of the Universe
Karl Janksy, a radio engineer at Bell Labs, discovers the origin of the universe through his radio waves research.
Birth of Television
Our research enables the first long-distance television transmission in the US.
Movies with sound
We develop high-fidelity electrical sound recording, and our equipment is used to create the first full-length motion picture with synchronized sound.
Creation of Bell Telephone Laboratories
Bell Telephone Laboratories (now Nokia Bell Labs) is born from Alexander Graham Bell’s team of engineers and scientists, beginning a legacy of innovation that we carry on today.
Nokia Bell Labs: our renowned industrial research arm
Winner of multiple Nobel Prizes and global leader in disruptive research on networks, software, artificial intelligence (AI), automation and Internet of Things (IoT).
More of our Achievements
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI), 2022
Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, 2021
GTI Awards, Innovative Breakthrough in Mobile Technology, 2021
GTA Awards, Innovative Mobile Service and Application, 2020
GSMA Global Mobile Award, 5G Leadership, 2019
Broadband World Forum, Best Non-residential Solution, 2021
NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award, 2020
GSMA Global Mobile Award, 5G Industry Partnership, 2019