Nokia Siemens cuts up to 1,500 Motorola staff, GSM and WiMAX teams hit first

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is to cut as many as 1,500 workers from the 6,900 it gained in April with the purchase Motorola Solutions' network division for $975 million.

The job cuts, which amount to over 20 per cent of the Motorola unit, will initially impact those working in the GSM and WiMAX technology divisions in several countries, including the United States and the UK.

The reductions, said NSN, will take place within the R&D, supply chain, sales and service organisations.

These cuts, according to a Bloomberg report, are already public in some NSN locations, and the process is underway in the UK with the aim of removing 150 jobs by June of next year. Around 1,200 former Motorola employees will be transferred as the Nokia/Siemens JV reshapes its organisation and assets, said a NSN spokesman.

While the company had previously hinted at a headcount reduction programme, the likelihood of further cuts now seems possible given that NSN's parents have failed to attract bidders for the struggling infrastructure vendor and have stated a commitment to "improve NSN's competitiveness."

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this Reuters article
- see this Telecom Paper article

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