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KPNQwest plans massive job cuts

Pan-European data company KPNQwest has announced plans to cut 25-30% of its workforce.

The cuts stem from the company's takeover in October last year of two divisions of Global TeleSystems (GTS). KPNQwest spokesman Koen van Zijl pledged that the cuts would not affect the company's service to customers as the all positions to be cut are redundant.

"Service levels won't drop all of a sudden. There always is overlap when one company acquires another company. We are top-heavy now," he said.

KPNQwest, including the acquired GTS units, employs about 3,200 people, mainly in Europe. The company's works council is working with management to decide which jobs will be scrapped, Van Zijl said. KPNQwest expects to detail the job cuts in four to six weeks' time.

KPNQwest is jointly owned by US telecom company Qwest Communications International and the Dutch carrier, KPN.

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