T-Mobile confirms layoffs but won't discuss numbers

T-Mobile 'evolves' its workforce to include fewer people.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2020

1 Min Read
T-Mobile confirms layoffs but won't discuss numbers

Ever the optimists, the folks at T-Mobile responded to multiple reports that they were shedding hundreds of newly acquired Sprint employees with some cheery talk about the carrier's "workforce evolution."

Read the entire statement here, if you must.

The company starts off its post by touting its ambitious plan to add 5,000 new jobs. It won't say where, how or when and that number is the only one shared in the statement. By contrast, a telecom union has repeatedly warned that T-Mobile's merger with Sprint will actually shrink the company by as many as 30,000 jobs. Perhaps we should split the difference?

T-Mobile said it will find some redundant workers new jobs inside the company. The not-so-lucky will "be supported in their efforts to find a new position outside the company."

More on T-Mobile's employment numbers and trends:

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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