Sprint Nextel on Friday confirmed the wireless carrier will cut an unspecified number of jobs because of an internal restructuring effort. The reorganization will eventually lead to even further cuts, Sprint acknowledged, though no exact number was given. The cuts come after the wireless carrier announced it was combining its business and consumer units, which lead to the departure of four top executives.
People familiar with the company’s plans said the cuts will go into effect in March, and isn’t likely to top 100 employees.
“Sprint’s workforce is approximately 40,000 employees and we do not expect this to change significantly with this reorganization,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat said in an email to AllThingsD. “Sprint continues to hire new employees into positions that support our corporate strategy.”
Sprint is currently facing an uphill battle as AT&T and Verizon continue to roll out aggressive LTE plans. The company originally put its money into WiMax, but has since shifted gears to LTE, which the company expects to have available by mid 2012.