Nokia Siemens Limits Job Cuts in Finland to 624 Positions

(Corrects job-cut figure in headline and first paragraph.)

Nokia Siemens Networks, the unprofitable telephone-equipment venture of Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and Siemens AG (SIE), said it will eliminate 624 jobs in Finland as it reorganizes into a smaller company.

The cuts affect all Nokia’s areas of operation in its home market, and workers will receive a maximum of one year of severance, Riitta Maard, a spokeswoman at the Espoo, Finland- based mobile-phone maker, said by telephone.

Nokia Siemens announced a worldwide program in November to eliminate 17,000 jobs, or about 23 percent of its workforce, in a restructuring to focus on mobile broadband and services. Negotiations are still going on in most countries, Maard said. The partnership is still in talks to cut 2,900 jobs and close most of its 75 sites in Germany.

The reduction is less than the 1,200 job cuts that Nokia Siemens projected in January for Finland. The company transferred about 240 employees to Tieto Oyj (TIE1V) when contracting out network-management software maintenance.

“It might take more than a year to get the restructuring program executed and get to the point where they feel they have the right kind of focus on the wireless business and can compete,” Mikko Ervasti, a Helsinki-based analyst at Evli Bank, said by telephone.

Nokia declined 2.7 percent to 3.89 euros as of 12:36 p.m. in Helsinki. Siemens fell 1.6 percent to 77.35 euros in Frankfurt.

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