Telefónica will cut 1,600 jobs in Germany following the merger of O2 Deutschland with E-Plus, to get rid of duplicate roles. The jobs will be phased out by 2018, the firm said Friday, noting that positions would go from both O2 and E-Plus. It also stressed that E-Plus’s Düsseldorf office would retain an important role in the combined operation, alongside Telefónica Deutschland’s Munich headquarters and Hamburg office. Telefónica completed its purchase of E-Plus from Dutch telecoms group KPN at the beginning of October following European Commission approval in late August, in the process becoming Germany’s biggest mobile operator.
Qualcomm dominates the thin modem market and now Ericsson, like Broadcom before it, is pulling out. Around a third of the employees in that unit will be reallocated to radio network R&D.
In an SEC filing, Sprint(s s) said it has begun implementing a plan to reduce its workforce over the next five months. The carrier didn’t say how many jobs it would cut, only that they would be across managerial and non-managerial staff and that it would incur severance and restructuring costs around $165 million in its fourth quarter earnings. It’s been six months since Sprint and SoftBank closed their massive investment deal, but Sprint is continuing to struggle.
The cuts are intended to save on costs, but also to help Alcatel-Lucent transition from something of a networking generalist to a specialist in IP networking and “ultra-broadband” access.
Whenever a company is party to a big M&A deal, layoffs always follow. Sprint(s s) confirmed with Bloomberg on Tuesday that it is cutting 800 jobs, but claimed that this doesn’t have anything to do with redundancies produced by its massive three-way tie up with SoftBank and Clearwire. Sprint told Bloomeberg it’s trimming its customer service workforce because it’s getting fewer complaints into its call centers. A big reason for the drop off could be the shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network last quarter, which likely generated calls from millions of customers about to lose service.
A private equity firm will pick up the optical business for an undisclosed amount, relieving NSN of one its last remaining ties to wireline networking. NSN’s focus on 4G appears to paying off. In the last year, it’s won key contracts and turned record profits.
Faced with increasing pressure from its telecom vendor rivals as well as the poor economy, Alcatel-Lucent is cutting its workforce by 7 percent. In order to generate revenue, the vendor is looking toward its vast patent pool, setting up a new intellectual property management division.
After Nokia axed development of its semi-secret Meltemi operating system, hundreds of workers in Ulm, Germany, found themselves jobless. Now they’ve set up a ‘talent and job offer’ campaign to hawk around their services.
When T-Mobile USA laid off thousands of workers in March, it wasn’t quite done handing out the pink slips. On Tuesday T-Mobile said it would enter into its next phase of restructuring, which means more layoffs on top of 1900 cuts it has already made.
Microsoft (s msft) officials have confirmed that the company is making another round of job cuts today, according to reports from TechFlash and PaidContent. Rumors of the cuts have been widely circulated. The software giant is eliminating 800 jobs around the world, TechFlash reports, citing Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos as saying that the cumulative number of layoffs go beyond the planned 5,000 cuts announced in January. About a quarter of the job cuts are reportedly in Washington, where Microsoft’s headquarters are. While early reports on adoption of the company’s new Windows 7 operating system are positive, the latest round of cuts may still have to do with the mobile tech-related reasons for staff reductions that the company cited in January. UPDATE: Microsoft employees are now confirming online that they’ve been let go–more below the fold. Read More about Reports: 800 More Job Cuts at Microsoft