Tilbage i 2001 indgik Sony og Erricson et joint venture der endte ud i Sony Ericsson. Dette samarbejde er nu slut, da Sony har købt Ericsson ud af Sony Ericsson for lige over en milliard EUR.
Der har siden starten af oktober måned været rygter om at Sony ville købe Ericsson ud. Ericsson har i dag selv deres største forretningsområde inden for etablering og drift af mobile netværk.
Sony Corporation (“Sony”) and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson”) today announced that Sony will acquire Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”), making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.
The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers - for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.
As part of the transaction, Ericsson will receive a cash consideration of EUR 1.05 billion.
During the past ten years the mobile market has shifted focus from simple mobile phones to rich smartphones that include access to internet services and content. The transaction is a logical strategic step that takes into account the nature of this evolution and its impact on the marketplace.
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