Happy Birthday Nokia: GSM giant turns 150
Just in — it’s official. Nokia as you know it is 150 years old. Yeah, you read that right. The Nokia 3310 maker is 150 years down in history.
Nokia Company’s history started in 1865 when mining engineer Fredrik Idestam established a ground wood pulp mill on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids in the town of Tampere, in southwestern Finland (then, part of the Russian Empire). In 1868, Idestam built a second mill near the town of Nokia, fifteen kilometers (nine miles) west of Tampere, by the Nokianvirta river, which had better hydropower resources. In 1871, Idestam, with the help of close friend and statesman Leo Mechelin, renamed and transformed his firm into a share company, thereby founding Nokia Ab.
Perhaps, Nokia’s best moments came during the 1999 – 2010 period when the Finnish company dominated the world with mobile phones: From the good ol’ Symbian to the days of the unbreakable Nokia 1100 and 3310 and finally down to the early days of Nokia Lumia smartphones when the company’s fortunes started diminishing and the phone-making unit was finally offloaded to Microsoft in 2014.
Happy birthday Nokia. We’ll miss the good old times.