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Nokia Siemens Networks cuts 1,500 jobs

150 GSM and WiMAX jobs will be lost in the UK

Nokia Siemens Networks has announced it is cutting up to 1,500 jobs from its GSM and WiMAX technology divisions.

Jobs in R&D, supply chain and sales supporting these technology divisions will be hit by the reductions. Up to 150 jobs will be cut from the company's site in Swindon by June 2012.

The jobs will be cut from the 6,900-strong workforce that Nokia Siemens Networks acquired with its $975 million purchase of Motorola Solution's wireless networks business in April.

"The reduction reflects lower demand for these products [GSM and WiMAX] and services caused by the delay in closing the acquisition. Although the company aims to redeploy employees to higher growth areas, some redundancies are planned," the company said in a statement.

A 90-day consultation with Swindon workers began on 25 July. There are currently 450 staff working at the Swindon site.

In addition to the overall reduction of 1,500 jobs, Nokia Siemens aims to redeploy more than 1,200 people in higher growth areas, such as its LTE(Long Term Evolution) and WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) businesses.

Nokia Siemens currently has around 70,000 employees.


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