Deutsche Telekom unit slashes 1,500 jobs

Deutsche Telekom AG fixed-line unit T-Com will slash some 1,500 jobs as part of a massive reorganization effort, an Associated Press report said.


The report said the affected jobs were part of a wider restructuring announced last year when Deutsche Telekom said it was cutting 32,000 workers over a three-year period.


The goal of the reorganization at the T-Com unit was to separate strategic and operational tasks and leave the headquarters with about 1,200 staffers, the report said.


The report quoted T-Com CEO Walter Raizner as saying that "the new structure will facilitate more service to customers and a good deal less administration and bureaucracy."


The executive also said his area of responsibility, fixed-line and broadband, was in need of "radical reorganization" in the face of stiff competition.


Raizner further said T-Com was currently ineffectively structured with some 8,000 workers in more than 100 locations throughout Germany.