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Nokia jto cut thousands of jobs globally to impact Alcatel-Lucent R&D, sales in India


In a separate statement, Nokia India said: “While the activities as well as the schedules vary from one country to another, the changes we are planning to implement will – in one way or another – affect all of the countries, directly or indirectly, where Nokia operates.

Nokia is planning to cut thousands of jobs worldwide, including 1,400 in Germany and 1,300 in its native Finland, as part of a cost-cutting program following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia is expected to carry out the layoffs till 2018. Currently, the company has only shared its plans to slash 1,400 jobs in Germany and 1,300 in Finland, which will trim half of its workforce at Espoo, where the company is headquartered, and the remaining in Oulu and Tampere. Nokia employs more than 100,000 people around the world, 6,850 of which are stationed in Finland.
"These actions are designed to ensure that Nokia remains a strong industry leader," Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri said in a statement. "When we announced the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent we made a commitment to deliver EUR 900 million ($1.03 billion) in synergies - and that commitment has not changed. We also know that our actions will have real human consequences and, given this, we will proceed in a way that that is consistent with our company values and provide transition and other support to the impacted employees."

Nokia also said that it is adapting to a constantly growing marketplace and to shift its resources towards futuristic technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based services. As a part of its cost-cutting programme, Nokia continues to target worldwide savings in real estate, services, procurement, supply chain and manufacturing, the company said in a press release.
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Another person said that there will be a major impact on AlcaLu's R&D teams involved in CDMA and dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies, as Nokia doesn't have any focus on the CDMA technology, which is not so relevant for 2G and 3G technologies.

"There was an internal mandate to shut down CDMA R&D in India, due to which people had started looking out," the second person said.

AlcaLu also has play in DWDM, used in operator backbone networks, an area exited Nokia a few years back, which means the Finnish major may look at getting rid of it again, the person said.