by Malcolm Curtis|The Local, Switzerland|February 15, 2013
Orange Communications, Switzerland’s third-biggest mobile telecom operator, announced on Friday that it expects to cut 140 jobs this year — more than a tenth of its workforce — as it “rebalances resources”.
The company said it will eliminate around 70 jobs affecting “corporate functions” in the coming weeks before evaluating further measures in a second phase of redundancies later in the year.
“Our objective is to simplify our organization to enable us to focus more on our customers,” Johan Andsjö, CEO of Orange, said in a statement.
The company is launching a “fully commercial 4G network” and plans to open 18 new Orange Centers to its existing 200 retail outlets, Andsjö said.
At the same time it plans to invest 700 million francs in the modernization of its telecom network, Andsjö said.
The company earlier said it plans to launch 4G, the fourth generation of mobile phone communications standards, in 10 Swiss cities on June 1st.
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