Nokia Siemens Networks denies moving some South African operations to Kenya.

By bne IntelliNews July 20, 2012
Telecommunications infrastructure provider Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has denied reports that it planned to move some of the functions of its South African business to Kenya, where the costs will be much lower, Business Day reported. The company said in response to comments by South African trade union Solidarity that if it was transferring operations to Kenya, it would raise its staff number there, but it is actually restructuring in Kenya too. NSN is in the process of laying off 160 out of a total of 570 South African employees as part of its global cost cutting strategy. The company said that Kenya would remain its African headquarters, while the South African office will serve customers in the country and its neighbours. NSN denied also that it had closed its fixed-line unit, as claimed by Solidarity. NSN is cutting 17,000 jobs globally, equal to an about 23% reduction in its total workforce.

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