Sprint to cut 1,200 jobs, DSL services

In a cost-savings move, Sprint Corp. will cut 1,200 jobs and high-speed Internet services in some cities from its Global Markets Group and will reorganize some other parts of the company, the company said Friday.

The company will axe the 1,200 positions, which are currently filled by 1,100 full-time employees, from the Global Markets Group (GMG) in order to save money, according to a statement made by the Overland Park, Kansas, company. Some of the positions to be cut were unfilled or filled by contract workers, said Nicholas Sweers, director of public relations for Sprint E-Solutions and Network Services. The cuts will start to be implemented over the next few weeks, though the company does not yet know what the costs savings from the cuts will be, Sweers said.

Also to be cut is the DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) high-speed Internet access platform in some cities where Sprint has found another way to deliver the same service or where it is too expensive to continue the service, the company said. Which of the 32 markets where GMG offers DSL will see cuts has yet to be determined, as has the timetable for decommissioning the service, Sweers said.

Sprint FastConnect, the DSL service offered in 18 states by Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division, will not be affected, the company said. DSL will be offered to GMG customers through Sprint's local and long distance divisions, Sweers said.

Sprint "will make every effort" to refer customers who lose their high-speed access to another provider if Sprint does not resume service in their area, he said.

Sprint GMG will also help reorganize the company's E-Solutions Web hosting, consulting, marketing and sales into the Sprint Business division, while moving the customer and technical service operations from E-Solutions to Network Services, the company said.

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