TeliaSonera continues the streamlining programme at Broadband Services

TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland continues the streamlining programme launched last year in order to ensure its competitiveness and to be able to continue shifting the product mix by investing in IP-based services. The streamlining affects nearly all sectors of the broadband business in Finland. The company estimates that the streamlining need is about 390 jobs. The Competence Pool procedure used in the company will be applied to redeploy the employees.

TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland continues the streamlining programme launched last year in order to ensure its competitiveness and to be able to continue shifting the product mix by investing in IP-based services. The streamlining affects nearly all sectors of the broadband business in Finland. The company estimates that the streamlining need is about 390 jobs. The Competence Pool procedure used in the company will be applied to redeploy the employees.

TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland comprises, for example, consumer broadband services, fixed voice for consumer and business customers and fixed-network services for business customers. All in all, Broadband Services employs appr. 3200 people in Finland. The employer/employee negotiations to be launched affect nearly all sectors of the broadband business, i.e. the production units, customer processes, sales and marketing. Geographically, the streamlining needs are distributed fairly evenly across different parts of the country, the main focus being on the operations located in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

According to Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President of TeliaSonera Broadband Services Finland, the current cost structure is too high compared to competitors. “We have to cut the costs significantly to ensure that we can invest for the future. The aim is also to cover the costs we incur from the unprofitable business we conduct in sparsely-populated areas on a much larger scale than our competitors.”
The details of the streamlining programme and its effects on the resources of the broadband business will be discussed with employee representatives in the employer/employee negotiations to be launched on January 20, 2009. According to the practice TeliaSonera follows in Finland, people in jobs to be terminated will not be dismissed from the unit; instead, the Competence Pool procedure used in the company will be applied to redeploy them or to find an another solution to them.

The Competence Pool offers training programmes and on-the-job training to employees. The employees transferred to the Competence Pool can seek new employment or redeployment for a period of time that is longer than the normal period of notice. In 2008, 312 employees were transferred to the Competence Pool (1018 since 2006). Hundreds of vacancies were filled internally, 148 of these with employees from the Competence Pool (50 permanent and 88 temporary).

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For further information journalists can contact:
Juha-Pekka Weckström, Senior Vice President, tel. +358 (0)400 564754