* HELSINKI (AP) - Elisa Corp., Finland's second-largest telecommunications operator, said Friday it plans to lay off 200 people, or 4 percent of its work force, to further cut costs.
The move follows 500 layoffs in 2005, and the company warned that it might have to cut more jobs in its work force of 5,000 later this year. Most of the layoffs will be in the business services sector, it said.
"Competition in this field continues to be extremely tough and it forces us to make all operations more efficient," Elisa's personnel manager Risto Rintamanty said. "Our efficiency drive will continue ... and if we find some more overlapping operations, we'll have to take the necessary steps."
The Helsinki-based company has laid off more than 2,500 people since 2003. Last week, it said it will outsource its invoicing and ordering operations.
Elisa, formerly known as the Helsinki Telephone Co., has some 2 million mobile phone subscribers in the Nordic country of 5 million. It also has operations in neighboring Estonia.