Nokia to focus on digital health, cut jobs in VR digital media


The realignment will cost Nokia Technologies up to 310 staff members, or 28 percent of the division's total headcount. As part of that process, Nokia has invited employee representatives from Finland to appear at "cooperation negotiations".

Nokia created the Ozo spherical camera to get into the virtual reality market without having to compete with head-mounted devices like the Oculus Rift.

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Nokia said that Nokia Technologies will sharpen its focus on digital health and accelerate the company's growth in that market.

The OZO ball boasts eight cameras and microphones that capture footage and for VR experiences. The camera, coming in at a steep $45,000, was launched in 2015 as the first product after the sale of the firm's handset business to Microsoft.

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Nokia, whose main business is now telecoms network equipment, launched the camera previous year as the first device for its digital media business, one of its new hopes for future growth. Despite the halt, Nokia will continue to honor its commitments with existing customers.

However, there's little balm for the employees soon to be axed. At the same time Nokia Technologies says it will keep growing brand and technology licensing while leaving its patent licensing business untouched.

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"Nokia Technologies is at a point where, with the right focus and investments, we can meaningfully grow our footprint in the digital health market, and we must seize that opportunity", said Gregory Lee, president of Nokia Technologies, promising to provide "the needed support" for the people affected by the cuts.