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Our history

Creating the future for 155+ years

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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.

 

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Transforming telecommunications

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.

 

Iconic moments

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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.

 

Our strategy

Inventions that changed the world

2010s

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2020
Network on the Moon

Began creating the first network on the Moon.

Massive MIMO

2014
Massive MIMO

We develop the concept of the Massive MIMO, which is now a foundational technology in 5G with great improvements in efficiency.

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2010
Self Organizing Networks

We create Self Organizing Networks that can automatically make adjustments to optimize and adapt to changes in the system.  

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1920s

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).

Highlights

10

Nobel
prizes

8

Emmy
Awards

5

Turing
Awards

2

Grammy
Awards

1

Academy
Award

More of our Achievements