From Sprint to Microsoft: The 5 biggest job cutters in wireless in 2014

Some companies in the mobile industry that shed thousands of jobs in recent years are now on the mend. For example, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said earlier this summer the company has finished its three-year-long restructuring efforts as it seeks to refocus on the enterprise market, and would begin targeted hiring. Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent has seen its finances recover after announcing more than 15,000 job cuts in the past three years. Despite those improvements, continued shifts in the mobile market have forced thousands of workers out of their jobs this year. For more detail on which companies have been among the biggest job cutters in 2014, see this new report from our sister publication FierceWireless.

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Verizon plans to bring 5G to four U.S. cities this year and hopes to have standards-based equipment in place for some of those deployments.