June 26, 2019
The daily brief: 26 June 2019
A Finnish team of researchers, designers and documentarians have developed a set of headphones made from biomaterials such as fungus and cellulose.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Nokia, Qt, Finnair and Finnish research make headlines.
Nokia and China Mobile step up 5G transition in China, a team of Finns have developed headphones from microbes, Qt and LG Electronics have extended their collaboration for future smart devices, and Finnair is adding flights to Beijing.
China Mobile will become the first operator to deploy Nokia’s new massive multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) solution, which has been created specifically for the massive bandwidth and coverage requirements of a transition to 5G services. Nokia worked directly with China Mobile, a leading 5G pioneer in the Chinese market, to develop the new AirScale MIMO Adaptive Antenna (MAA) solution. It allows the Chinese operator to more efficiently allocate resources between 4G and 5G users and meet demand for high-bandwidth 5G use cases. The new 320-watt MMA solution is at least 80 watts greater than the closest MMA on the market, according to Nokia.
A team of Finnish scientists, industrial designers and documentarians have produced and documented the production of a set of headphones in which the plastic and leather components were replaced by chemicals produced from microbes. The so-called Korvaa project was set in motion to raise awareness of the possibilities of using microbes to replace oil-based materials in everyday consumer products. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University were responsible for the materials, Aivan for the design and Fotoni Film for documenting the process. Images of the experiments – both successful and unsuccessful – will be on display during Helsinki Design Week 2019.
Finnish software company Qt and LG Electronics have taken their long-standing partnership further by launching a large-scale collaboration to turn the open-source webOS operating system into the most comprehensive platform for embedded smart devices. In the new collaboration, Qt will provide LG with an end-to-end environment for developers, engineers and designers to create apps and smart devices for the automotive, robotics and smart home sectors. In addition, webOS will become an official reference operating system of Qt.
Finnish national carrier Finnair is growing its operations in China, adding three weekly flights to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport starting from 30 September 2019. The new flights add to Finnair’s daily flights to Beijing Capital Airport and will connect smoothly with Finnair’s European destinations. The Finnish airline operates flights to seven destinations in Greater China, and, in the spring, it announced new codeshare agreements that open up even more Chinese destinations to its customers.