A "small number" of Ottawa-based positions with telecommunications firm Genband are being moved to Turkey as the Texas-based company consolidates its operations, according to a corporate spokesperson.
The company declined to specify exactly how many positions are affected, but one source told OBJ that as many as 40 to 50 local employees in Genband's applications development group would be out of a job by the end of February.
The company says the reorganization stems from a decision made last year to introduce an organizational structure that allows for more focus on its business and product units.
This involved allocating additional resources into its "centres of excellence."
"Genband's Turkish team has been doing the bulk of Genband A2 communications application server development and 100 per cent of the A2 call control control for several years now," Kim Lee, Genband's senior director of corporate communications, wrote in an e-mailed statement to OBJ.
"While this does slightly reduce the number of employees in Ottawa dedicated to applications, this is not a Genband headcount move, rather a consolidation of centres of excellence ... Ottawa has and will continue to serve as Genband's switching and platform centre of excellence, which is the heart and soul of Genband."
Genband purchased Nortel Networks Corp.'s carrier voice-over-Internet protocol and application solutions business in 2010 for US$182 million, bringing nearly 400 former Nortel employees with it.
The company's lease at the former Nortel campus - now owned by the federal government - expires in early 2014. Genband is rumoured to be looking at a property on Herzberg Road in Kanata, but company officials would not comment on questions about its real estate plans.