Earlier in December, a Japanese tech mogul, and owner of Sprint Corp. named Masayoshi Son promised President-elect Donald Trump that he would invest $50 billion into the U.S., and bring more than 50,000 new jobs stateside. It would appear that this promise is already well under way.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump received a phone call from Sprint executives who told him that they are bringing 5,000 new jobs to the states already, having taken them from other countries. These jobs are the beginning of the fulfillment of the pledge Son made to Trump.
Sprint, which had 30,000 employees at the end of last year, said the jobs would mostly come from new sales positions and call center agents managed by overseas vendors. It said it would immediately start talking with states and cities to find the right location in the U.S. and that the positions would be in place by the end of March 2018. Sprint doesn’t have any employees outside of the U.S.
The 5,000 new workers will be a mix of Sprint employees and those hired by third-party vendors, the spokesman said. Relying on U.S.-based call center agents is more expensive, but the company aims to reduce total costs by cutting from other areas, the spokesman said.
According to Son, his vision doesn't stop at Sprint stores. He's looking to invest in companies that do work on expanding technologies such as artificial intelligence, and robotics.