US wireless merger to cost 6,800 jobs

With its acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services complete, Cingular Wireless is preparing to make a tenth of its 68,000 workers...

With its acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services complete, Cingular Wireless is preparing to make a tenth of its 68,000 workers redundant over the next 18 months.

The cuts will remove around 6,800 workers from across the company. Cingular spokesman Clay Owen yesterday said that no details were available about which jobs would go, but departments within the company had completed staffing evaluations, which were now under review.

“We said all along there would be cuts from this merger,” said Owen. What had not been disclosed until this week was the number of workers affected.

Cingular's purchase of AT&T for about $41bn (£22bn) was announced in February. The deal required approval from AT&T shareholders and the regulatory authorities in the US. Cingular was set up in 2000 and is jointly owned by SBC Communications and BellSouth.

Todd Weiss writes for Computerworld

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