Nokia said that it will realign its R&D operations by cutting 330 jobs. In a press release, the Finnish company said that it was looking to “align its research and development operations in Finland and Denmark to be in line with the company’s focused portfolio of future products.”
The company said it aims to support the employees with alternative solutions by finding new positions within the company for as many of them as possible.
The planned changes are expected to affect up to 230 employees at Nokia’s Oulu site in Finland and about 100 employees at Nokia’s Copenhagen site. The total number would represent about 2 percent of Nokia’s R&D personnel globally.
Nokia maintains a strong R&D presence in both sites. The company has more than 2,000 employees in Oulu and over 1,000 employees in Copenhagen. Overall, Nokia has more than 17,000 people employed in its research and development activities.
Just yesterday, the Nokia N900, a long anticipated “Internet Tablet,” became available in the United States. While Nokia is still a global leader in feature phone sales, the company appears to be focusing more heavily on netbooks and high-end smartphones going forward.