After restructuring that will merge Sony’s smartphone, TV, Audio and Camera divisions into Sony Electronics Products & Solutions, job cuts are planned at Sony Mobile. A report from Japan says that by March 2020 Sony’s smartphone workforce will be reduced to 2,000 from 4,000 people that are employed there currently.
With cut down on operating costs, Sony will scale down the mobile division by focusing on Europe and East Asia, and limiting its operations in Southeast Asia. Some of the Japanese employees will be offered positions in other divisions, while folks in Europe in China will have the option for voluntary retirement.
The company hopes that after the restructuring and optimizations in operating costs, the mobile business will be able to turn a profit by the fiscal 2020.