Lucent cuts jobs of One.Tel project workers

Job losses continue as a result of the One.Tel demise with GSM mobile phone network builder Lucent Technologies "rolling off the books" anyone working on the project.

About 200 staff, mostly contractors and employees from an engineering background, will finish up with the company in six to eight weeks time, a Lucent spokesperson confirmed.

The spokesperson said it was a "regrettable" decision but since their customer was insolvent, they could not continue building its mobile phone network.

The spokesperson said between two weeks and fours months had been left on contractors' agreements.

Lucent first won the contract to build One.Tel's national GSM network in Sydney in April 1999. Further contracts were signed for the rest of the country.

The network is currently finished in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Lucent has paired up with One.Tel administrator Ferrier Hodgson in hopes of selling the network

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