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BlackBerry maker RIM to slash thousands of jobs

Karl Flinders

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.

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.

RIM announced in March this year that it is closing its consumer operation to focus its efforts on enterprise mobility after posting large losses for the fourth quarter 2012.

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.


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