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MOTOROLA TO AXE 1,300 JOBSAs part of a cost-cutting measure in its semiconductor operations, telecom giant Motorola Inc. plans to cut 1,200 to 1,300 chip manufacturing jobs in Austin, Texas and Sendai...


February 1, 2002  


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MOTOROLA TO AXE 1,300 JOBS

As part of a cost-cutting measure in its semiconductor operations, telecom giant Motorola Inc. plans to cut 1,200 to 1,300 chip manufacturing jobs in Austin, Texas and Sendai, Japan.

The cuts, which will take place over the next 15 months, are among 4,000 semiconductor cuts previously announced by the company. Motorola said that 700 to 800 chip-manufacturing jobs in Hong Kong would be eliminated, and is also making redundant 2,000 administrative and sales positions, bringing the total job cuts to 4,000.

AT&T MAKES 5,000 JOB CUTS

AT&T says it will make 5,000 additional job cuts within the organization, and has announced a pre-tax restructuring charge of US$1 billion against its fourth quarter 2001 results.

The New York-based company said the charge is primarily associated with the 5,100 job cuts it announced in 2001 — primarily management positions — within its business, consumer and corporate units. The 5,000 additional employees are expected to leave the payroll in 2002.

NECA AND BICSI PUBLISH NEW STANDARD

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has teamed up with BICSI to publish a standard, approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), for installing telecommunications infrastructure systems.

The new ANSI/NECA/BICSI 568-2001, Installing Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling, addresses the importance of proper installation of telecom premises systems, including cabling and the associated pathways and spaces. The standard covers five major components: support systems, pulling cable, firestopping, cable terminations and installation verification.

PATRICIA RUSSO RETURNS TO LUCENT

Lucent Technologies of Murray Hill, NJ has named Patricia F. Russo as the company’s new president and CEO. Russo will succeed Henry Schacht, 67, who will serve as chairman of the company.

Russo most recently served as president and CEO of Eastman Kodak Company. She now returns to Lucent where she was one of the founding executives who helped launch the AT&T spin-off in 1996. Russo has spent 20 years in senior executive leadership positions at Lucent and AT&T.

SCTE HANDS OUT TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) of Exton, PA has named the winners of its 2002 Emerging Technologies Awards (including the Polaris and Star of Integrity Awards), which recognize those who have helped to advance the cable telecom industry.

Gary Donaldson, Director of HFC/OSS design for AT&T Broadband, received the Polaris Award for his achievements in the development and use of optical fiber.

Bryan Rutkowski, an online engineer for Comcast Corp., received the 2002 Star of Integrity Award for his solutions to advance network integrity and effectiveness of high-speed data applications.


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