TeliaSonera streamlines broadband and fixed-network business in Finland

TeliaSonera Broadband Services enters into negotiations with employee representatives in Finland on the reduction of jobs. The decline in fixed-network voice business and other changes in the business area are estimated to affect approximately 160-180 jobs. In accordance with the practice adopted by TeliaSonera in Finland, holders of jobs that are to be terminated will not be laid off.

The negotiations are estimated to affect approximately 160-180 jobs in network operations, product management, sales and marketing as well as operations development. In connection with the organizational change carried out at TeliaSonera at the turn of the year, more than 3,000 people in Finland, i.e. half of the employees in Finland, were placed in the Broadband Services business area. The change is part of TeliaSonera Finland’s turnaround programme.

“The decline in fixed-line traffic as well as the clarification of roles and efficiency improvement of the operations models has reduced the need for work in these functions. For our customers, the change has very little consequences, as the jobs in customer service, deliveries and billing are not affected by the negotiations,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, Broadband Services Finland.

The core of the business of Broadband Services in Finland consists of fixed-network voice, broadband, enterprise telecommunications and cable TV as well as the home electronics chain Veikon Kone. The Broadband Services business area seeks a significant increase in net sales and improved profitability in the next three years.
“We will examine with the personnel representatives how we can best adjust our activities to meet our challenging goals in these changing circumstances,” says Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, Broadband Services Finland.

No lay-offs thanks to the Competence Pool process

Different alternatives are being examined in cooperation with employee representatives. No decisions have been made yet. In accordance with the practice of TeliaSonera Finland, holders of jobs that are to be terminated will not be laid off. Instead, the competence pool procedure in use at the company will be applied to the redeployment of employees.
“There have recently been 40-80 job openings weekly at TeliaSonera in Finland alone, so there is a good chance to find a new job via the competence pool,” says Juha Pentti, Vice President, Human Resources. “In 2006, TeliaSonera Finland employed 282 persons from outside the company, and in the first months of 2007, as many as 55 persons have been employed from outside. Well over 1,000 positions were filled internally in 2006, and in the beginning of 2007, the positions filled internally are several hundred by now. This year we estimate that there will be several hundred more job openings, and, at the same time, other jobs will be terminated through employer/employee cooperation procedure.”

Intensified cooperation with Capgemini

The Finnish IT unit of the Broadband Services area will improve the efficiency of its operations by intensifying cooperation with Capgemini regarding system management, maintenance and development of electronic channels. TeliaSonera has concluded an agreement with Capgemini on cooperation in Finland, and as a result, 14 employees and their jobs will transfer from TeliaSonera to Capgemini on May 1, 2007. This action, too, is part of the turnaround programme at TeliaSonera Finland.


For further information, journalists can contact:
Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, TeliaSonera, tel. +358 (0)400 564 754
Juha Pentti, Vice President, Human Resources, TeliaSonera, tel. +358 (0)40 507 4668