Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to cut its workforce by at least 2,000 as the troubled maker of the BlackBerry smartphone embarks on a global restructure.
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According to a report on Canadian website Globe and Mail, sources close to the company, which has 16,500 workers worldwide, believe the cuts could be bigger.
The Globe and Mail quoted a former executive at the company as saying that the company has already started cutting jobs.
A spokesperson for RIM declined to comment, but highlighted comments made in an earlier conference regarding its current financial quarter.
RIM’s comments at the time included: “We are making necessary changes at the company and are focused on realigning the business to build on our strengths”; and “RIM is going through a significant transformation and our financial performance will continue to be challenging for the next few quarters”.
RIM has had a hard time recently, with its BlackBerry smartphone, once the default business phone, losing market share.
Late last year, BlackBerry suffered a three-day services outage, which affected major businesses and government departments that rely on its enterprise messaging service to deliver mobile e-mail. The disruption to global services caused businesses to rethink their usage and reliance on BlackBerry smartphones, due to the single point of failure within RIM's network and IT infrastructure.