Equant likely to cut NZ staff

The consequences of the merger of international network specialists Equant and Global One in 2000, and the agreement to form a joint venture between Equant and the Sita network operation, continue to shake down and are likely to be felt here soon.

The consequences of the merger of international network specialists Equant and Global One in 2000 and the agreement the following year to form a joint venture between Equant and the Sita network operation, continue to shake down, and are likely to be felt in New Zealand soon, a spokeswoman confirms.

A statement from Equant says the company “continues to make some changes to staff resource requirements through deriving efficiencies in the business from the merger of Equant, Global One and [the] Sita/Equant joint venture.

“As part of this ongoing process, a very small number of people in New Zealand may be affected.”

The company does not wish to make further comment at present the spokeswoman says.

Equant is best known locally as supplier of an e-business network to the former Dairy Board, now part of Fonterra, to link its subsidiaries and associates throughout the world.

Attempts to reach Fonterra CIO Marcel van den Assum to enquire how the company's network might be affected were unsuccessful.

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