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News Briefs (March 01, 2001)

3COM CHOPS 1,200 JOBSCiting economics and industry forces, 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, CA, has cut about 1,200 people from its work force, including full-time regular employees and its alternative work...

March 1, 2001  

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Citing economics and industry forces, 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, CA, has cut about 1,200 people from its work force, including full-time regular employees and its alternative workforce.

“In light of the U.S. economic downturn and turmoil in the telecommunications industry, I announced in December a global cost reduction initiative,” says Bruce Claflin, 3Com president and CEO.

3Com says this staff reduction, which amounts to a 10 per cent reduction in personnel, is the first step towards improving cost effectiveness and efficiency in operations.


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Exton, PA has kicked off a new volunteer program in order to advocate training and introduce SCTE resources to broadband professionals outside of the United States.

The program, called SCTE Ambassadors, is designed to foster learning and standards involvement in several countries.

“SCTE Ambassadors will play a key role in our attempt to connect the international broadband community,” said Melissa Hicks, SCTE director of membership services and industry relations. “By reaching out to technical professionals, cable operators and other cable trade organizations around the world, they’ll make it possible for us to exchange information about training and development issues that are critical to the industry at large.”

Details and applications for the SCTE Ambassador Program are available at:


Fiber-optics component maker JDS Uniphase Corp. of Ottawa, has announced plans to cut its passive component manufacturing workforce by about 3,000 people in both Ottawa (Nepean) and San Jose, CA. The company says the reductions reflect the current business environment, and will provide opportunities for realignment and improved efficiency.

JDS plans to continue hiring staff in what it calls its “high-growth” product areas.


Wireless technology firm Motorola Inc. has announced plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs, or 12 percent of its workforce, in its semiconductor business unit this year. Motorola, the world’s sixth-largest semiconductor firm, employs more than 34,000 people around the world in this particular unit.

The cuts are part of a cost-reduction strategy that began in 2000. The announcement also follows an earlier decision by the company’s mobile telephone unit to close its last mobile phone manufacturing plant in the US and cut 2,500 jobs.

The job cuts are expected to come through company severance programs, and by terminating a variety of contract and temporary staff positions.


Lucent Technologies Canada, Toronto, has launched its Global Science Scholars Program for the third time — a competition designed to encourage young people to pursue careers in communications technology.

This year, 108 students from 21 countries will win $7,500 toward their university expenses, an internship offer at a Bell Labs location, and an invitation to attend a one-week summit at Lucent’s world headquarters in Murray Hill, NJ.

Three undergraduate students in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or telecommunications will be selected from Canada. Students at any Canadian university are eligible to apply.

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