Nokia may have sold its phone division to Microsoft, but the company still retains its networking and mapping business, and is celebrating 150 years of staying in business today.
Nokia was first set up, way back in 1865 as a wood pulp mill in Finland near the Nokianvirta river. It started off making paper that it sold to Russia, the UK and France. It later evolved to make rubber (you can still see Nokian car tires), and after World War Two Nokia made the most crucial investment in its history by buying Finnish Cable Works.
In the late sixties, three companies joined to form Nokia Group, and started making electronic devices. This set the foundation for the iconic Nokia phones in the 90s, early 2000s, and all the way until this day.
As a tribute to its long and event-rich history, Nokia put up a neat video about the history of the company. The company is also celebrating its birthday on all its social networks, so be sure to keep your eyes on all things Nokia today.
The contract that Nokia has with Microsoft, doesn't allow them to use the Nokia brand on phones until late 2016. Hopefully by the end of 2016, Nokia will once again be a brand associated with smartphones around the world.
source - Nokia