By >Akihabara News Team
Fujitsu and Toshiba to merge their mobile phone business
Fujitsu and Toshiba decided to merge their mobile phone business with the objective of becoming the No.1 mobile phone provider in Japan. According to the plan, Toshiba’s mobile phone business will be handled by a new company that is scheduled to be established on October 1, 2010 and Fujitsu will acquire the majority of the shares in this company. The process was already initiated yesterday when they signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
By merging their mobile phones businesses, Fujitsu and Toshiba are aiming to become the No. 1 provider of mobile phones in Japan. Collaboration in the mobile phone business will allow Fujitsu and Toshiba to strengthen their handset development platforms for the Japanese market and enable the companies to continue to create highly competitive products for their customers. Both Fujitsu and Toshiba are market leaders in designing compact, highly functional handsets. This competitive advantage will be leveraged to develop highly competitive next-generation handsets for the expanding smartphone market.
Fujitsu manufactures some of Japan’s most advanced mobile phones for sale through partner NTT DOCOMO, INC. Fujitsu’s proprietary technologies include mobile phone software platforms, water- and dust-resistant design, fingerprint security and sensor technologies. Fujitsu mobile phones have become the handset of choice for many generations of users in Japan.
Toshiba manufactures a range of mobile phone handsets that include a wealth of world-class technologies, including smartphone-related technologies and imaging technologies developed in its LCD television business. In Japan, Toshiba provides its handsets through sales partners KDDI CORPORATION, NTT DOCOMO, INC., and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. Last year, Toshiba shifted domestic handset production overseas in order to raise global cost competitiveness.
By combining their mobile phone development know-how and technological strengths, Fujitsu and Toshiba intend on enhancing their handset development capabilities and at the same time improving business efficiency. On the basis of these strengths, the companies will manufacture handsets which are responsive to the needs of customers and competitive in the dynamic mobile phone market. Through continuous innovation, Fujitsu and Toshiba will collaborate to develop new handsets for markets in and outside Japan which support rich and rewarding lifestyles.
Fujitsu and Toshiba plan to sign a final contract at the end of July 2010.