Nokia Enters Drone Business
Nokia — the company that was once an iconic brand in the mobile phone business years ago is now making a big leap into the world of drones. If you’re a drone enthusiast and are excited at the prospect of buying a Nokia drone, don’t jump just yet. The Finnish tech company is making inroads into industrial drones which means it will not be producing drones for the mass consumer such as the DJI Phantom anytime soon.
Specifically, Nokia is currently developing drones for civilian and military use as evident in its recent trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for the trademark name “OVNI”. The trademark was filed under the “civilian and military drones” category as reported by the website LetsGoDigital.
Nokia’s foray into the drone business is not something new. Since early this year, the Finnish company has been operating drones in Dubai for monitoring purposes. It was also in Dubai, at the Drones For Good Awards, that Nokia unveiled its blueprint for an “Ultra Compact Network”. The network is a means for deploying and managing fleets of drones through 4G LTE networks.
At the moment, Nokia’s drone efforts are focused only on industrial applications so it would be interesting to see if the company develops any plans to enter the consumer drone market in the coming years.