Telstra to cut 800 jobs

Australia's largest telecommunications provider Telstra will cut 800 jobs as part of an ongoing streamlining strategy, an Associated Press report said.

The jobs to be cut are in senior management, middle management and professional services, Telstra said in a statement. Customer-facing jobs will be unaffected.

The Associated Press report quoted Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo saying the company was taking advantage of new database and systems capabilities which enabled it to reduce duplication and bureaucracy and improve cooperation between divisions.

'In November 2005, we announced every part of our business would be transformed to make it more productive and customer focused, including a large reduction in our work force,' Trujillo said in the statement. 'This announcement is part of Telstra's overall strategy.'

The affected employees are based mainly in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.