Ericsson, the Swedish manufacturer of wireless communications equipment, is shutting down its San Diego office, eliminating 250 jobs in the short term.
An additional 80 to 90 engineers working at the site will be transferred to other positions within Ericsson, but whether that will be in San Diego hasn’t been decided, said spokeswoman Tina Asmar.
Ericsson said it is reorganizing its Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, unit to maintain efficiencies. CDMA is the wireless transmission technology developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc.
Ericsson acquired the infrastructure-manufacturing unit from Qualcomm in 1999 and set up its mobile systems CDMA unit here. At its peak in 1999, the unit employed about 1,200 workers.
Ericsson said the reorganization of the unit would occur in the next six to nine months.
Ericsson currently works out of a building in Sorrento Mesa.