NSN to Cut 2,900 Jobs in Germany
Nokia Networks has started detailing the 17,000 planned job cuts it announced toward the end of 2011 as part of its broader restructuring program, with the vendor's home countries of Germany and Finland set to account for 2,900 and 1,200 job losses, respectively. (See NSN to Cut 17,000 Staff and 2011 Top Ten: NSN's Amazing Year.)
In Germany, where the vendor currently has 9,100 staff, it plans to reduce its workforce by 2,900 positions by the end of 2012 (not including any headcount reductions associated with divestments).
As part of its restructuring process, NSN will consolidate its German operations in five locations: All other sites in Germany will close, including the large site in Munich, and about 1,600 staff will be relocated to the five key sites.
The five key sites and their specialty focus areas are:
- Berlin, which will be focused on optical equipment manufacturing, R&D and services
- Bruchsal, also a manufacturing site, though with a strong focus on what NSN calls "new product introduction"
- Düsseldorf and Bonn, which will be home to the vendor's main customer support facilities
- Ulm, where key Long Term Evolution (LTE) R&D (including system engineering, development and testing) will take place
Of the 6,900 staff NSN has in Finland, around 1,200 will lose their jobs, with the positions being cut over the next two years.
All of NSN's locations in Finland are set to be impacted, but the brunt of the cuts will affect Espoo (about 700 job cuts), Tampere (a reduction of about 350 positions) and Oulu (about 150 job losses).
NSN says Finland will remain "an important center of R&D and innovation" for the company.
Details of NSN's home market job loss plans come as another telecom vendor, Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA), announces its own restructuring process and a headcount reduction of about 16 percent. (See Tellabs to Restructure, Cut 530 Jobs.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading