Sony Mobile Communications AB
(formerly Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
) is a multinational mobile phone
manufacturing company headquartered in London
, United Kingdom
and a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation
. It was founded on October 1, 2001 as a joint venture between Sony and the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson
. Sony acquired Ericsson's share in the venture on February 16, 2012
Sony Mobile Communications has research and development facilities in Lund
, Sweden; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; and Silicon Valley
, United States.
In 2009, it was the fourth-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world (after Nokia
By 2010, its market share had fallen to sixth place.