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MCI - which recently changed its name from WorldCom - is to close its office in Cambridge.

Workers were told of the closure yesterday during a conference call by new EMEA MD, Andrew MacLeod, who only started his job at the beginning of the week after serving time as COO at Cable and Wireless Global.

According to sources, one of his first tasks was to tell workers that the Cambridge office is to close and that they can either move to the company's European HQ in Reading or take redundancy.

It's understood that more than 200 people work at MCI's offices in Cambridge.

The company declined to say how many people were likely to lose their jobs.

However, in a statement the company told The Register: "As part of our corporate restructuring, we announced that we intended to consolidate a number of facilities across the company, in an effort to control costs and to centralise our operations.

"While we cannot discuss specifics at this time, we can confirm that the Cambridge facility will be impacted by this process."

At this stage its not know if MCI intends to "consolidate" other "facilities" in the UK. ®

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