Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Elmshorn, Stuttgart
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61 - Telecommunications

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 November 2008
Employment effect (start)
20 November 2008
Foreseen end date


On 20th November the telecommunications provider Freenet announced to cut 1,000 jobs. Freenet stated that it will close down the headquarters of its affiliate Talkline in Elmshorn where 650 people are currently employed. Out of these 650 employees 160 will be offered a job at another Freenet site in Büdelsdorf. The remaining 490 jobs will be cut. 

At Stuttgart, all divisions apart of the financial division will be closed and 300 jobs will be lost. Further job cuts (210) will affect other locations as well as field services.

The newly announced restructuring programme follows the acquisition of Freenet’s former competitor debitel in February 2008. No further information has been released as to when these cuts will occur. Freenet currently employs 7,700 staff all over Germany.


  • 21 November 2008: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Eurofound (2008), Freenet, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 67443, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67443.