With the merger of AT&T Wireless complete, Cingular is making plans to cut its 68,000-person workforce by 10 percent, the company’s CEO told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The reductions will be made over the next 12 to 18 months, said Stan Sigman in an interview.

“It’s not going to be in the big groups of people. The big groups of people are in customer care,” Sigman told The AP. “This isn’t about closing stores or distribution channels, nothing like that.”

However, he said there would be no “forced layoffs” until the first
of the year.

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