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Global 8X8 layoffs impact APAC region

Global 8X8 layoffs impact APAC region

A/NZ enterprise sales teams also hit.

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Unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS) vendor 8x8 has made a series of redundancies across its Australian and New Zealand operations. 

Globally 8x8 has shaved about 200 staff or roughly 10 per cent of its 2200 workforce.

ARN understands a majority of the cuts impacted enterprise sales teams.

Although channel-facing roles appear untouched along with wholesale partners, which according to local distributor, Tradewinds Brokerage A/NZ vice president Tony Heywood, it will be doubling down on its 8x8 plans as they appear to shape up their channel play as a result. 

The redundancies come hot on the heels of 8x8’s bargain purchase of cloud communications competitor Fuze for US$250 million in December last year. 

At the time, 8x8 said the deal bolstered its eXperience-communications-as-a-service platform, while expanding its customer base and global footprint. 

The acquisition also helped 8x8 with its UCaaS solution, contact centre-as-a-service (CCaaS) and communications-platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) solution.


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