Telefónica signs multi-year deal with Sony Mobile


Operator to range manufacturers 2013 Xperia devices, with two companies joining forces to develop a handset running the Firefox OS

Telefónica and Sony Mobile have signed a multi-year deal that confirms the operator’s support for the manufacturer’s 2013 Xperia Android device portfolio.

The agreement will also see the two companies combine to explore the development of a handset running Mozilla’s Firefox OS open source mobile platform, which could be released next year.

Yesterday Telefónica announced that it was partnering with handset manufacturers Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE for the first stage in the roll out of the Firefox operating system.

Sony Mobile deputy CEO and head of products business group Bob Ishida said: “At Sony Mobile we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers expect.

“Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML5, evolving technologies which show great potential. In addition, we continue to work with our operator partners, including Telefónica, on a development project with an ambition to bring a product to market in 2014.”

Telefónica group devices director Marieta del Rivero said: “Sony’s Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z are stunning devices that really raise the bar when it comes to the premium smartphone and tablet segment- and we’re delighted to be partnering to bring these to market across a number of our global channels.

“As well as the great opportunity we have in 2013, our further collaboration around a possible device on the Firefox OS mobile platform will create the opportunity to reach new segments of the market, allowing us to provide an even wider choice of premium Sony device offerings for our customers.”