Finnish telecoms network maker Nokia confirmed last night that it may start designing and licensing mobile phone handsets under its brand name in 2016. 

Nokia said it was looking for a partner who would take on the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for the products. 

The company said a Nokia mobile phone would not reach the market before the fourth quarter of 2016 when its agreement with partner Microsoft allows it to use the brand name again. 

Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft in 2014 after years of declining sales.