Bouygues Telecom, France’s third largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has unveiled a draft of its transformation plan, which will see it considerably reduce its workforce and simplify its organisational structure and processes. Bouygues said that it aims to completely rethink its corporate positioning around three major themes, namely: developing new applications and mobile internet by continuous investment in network infrastructure; aggressive pricing; and improved customer service.
Under the proposed austerity plan, Bouygues will lay off as many as 1,516 employees, in order to ensure ‘its future in an autonomous manner’. Further, a support plan ‘emphasising internal redeployment and volunteerism’ is to be negotiated with the Central Works Council in the coming weeks.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, reports regarding Bouygues’ planned austerity measures first emerged in May 2014, when Alain Bernard, a representative of the Worker’s Force, said that the operator was looking to lay off as much as 23% of its current workforce before the summer, following the failed acquisition of its domestic rival SFR.