Latest round of termination is part of the next stage of the company’s turnaround plan, according to BlackBerry
Earlier this month rumours have been circulating that the company, which is fighting to regain prominence in the smart phone market, was poised to cut staff.
Last year BlackBerry had laid off about 5,000 workers as part of a restructuring plan. Earlier this month, Richard Plasentin, United States managing director of BlackBerry, was fired over the lacklustre launch of the BlackBerry 10 handsets in the U.S.
Public reception to the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 handsets has been encouraging and the company has promised to release other new products.
The company sold 6.8 million smart phones in the last quarter, up by 6 million from the previous quarter.
“We will have to continue to take punches. CEO Thorsten Heins said in a meeting with investors in which he defended his strategy earlier this month. “This will not be an easy path…we’re doing the right things.”
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