Intel closes two 5G phone baseband offices in Germany

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A few months ago, Apple and Intel inked a deal that will see the iPhone maker acquire “the majority” of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Apple will part with $1 billion for the deal. Intel will transfer over 2,200 employees, IP rights as well as equipment to Apple. According to recent reports, Intel has recently decided to completely close two offices in Germany before the end of the year. This is because it is no longer involved in the 5G smartphone baseband business.

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One of these offices is in Nuremberg with a total of 250 employees while the other is in Duisburg with 200 employees. Intel’s move means that 450 people will lose their jobs. However, Intel claims it would continue to provide support to employees. The implication should include financial compensation, reemployment guidance and assistance.

In October this year, after Apple accepted Intel’s mobile baseband business, the chipmaker stated that the German branch would only maintain a Munich base. This means that the Nuremberg and Duisburg divisions were going down. Although Intel offers employees the opportunity to work in Munich, the distance is quite enormous thus many does not accept the offer. However, those who will accept the offer can still keep their jobs. 

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