Cable operator NTL is embarking on a cost-cutting drive as it recovers from a turbulent couple of years.
The US-listed company -- which boasts 2.8 million subscribers in the UK, its chief market -- hopes to shed around 2,000 staff from its 14,000-strong workforce over the next two years. However, NTL has stressed that no redundancy scheme is being planned; the group believes natural wastage will account for much of the fall in staff.
It also intends to integrate its eight billing systems and 28 customer databases. These are a legacy of NTL's acquisition spree in the 1990s, which left the firm with crippling debts and forced it into a complex financial restructuring early this year [WAMN: 14-Jan-03].
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