Ever since Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent back in 2015, the situation about the “Alcatel” brand remained unclear, at least for the end users.
Back in 2004, Alcatel and Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Communication created a joint venture for the production of Alcatel-branded mobile phones. In less than a year after founding, TCL Communication purchased Alcatel’s stake and became the sole owner of the newly founded company, But what happened with the Alcatel brand? Who actually owns it?
The Alcatel brand was licensed by Alcatel-Lucent to TCL for mobile phones and devices and this license expires at the end of 2024. When Nokia acquired the assets of Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, this also included licensing agreements for the Alcatel brand.
This means that Popular mobile brand, technically, has two brands on the mobile market: the “Nokia” brand licensed to HMD Global; and the Alcatel brand licensed to TCL. But the ways the brands are licensed is completely different.
The year 2024, when the Alcatel brand license is set to expire, is far ahead, so lets focus on this year and the Nokia-branded phones that will soon hit the market.