United States President Donald Trump is imposing $50-$60 billion of annual tariffs on products imported from China ranging from consumer goods to electronics. The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was reportedly instructed by the President to publish a list of products that will be affected. China has responded with $3 billion in targeted tariffs.

Read more: US-China trade war could hike up smartphone prices

Chinese telecommunications carrier China Telecom appears to be a likely candidate to fill the role as the Philippines’ third mobile operator. The state-owned company published promising financial results for 2017 on March 28, with operating revenues up 3.9 percent year-on-year to reach 366.2 billion yuan. China Telecom CEO said the company is “further understanding and communicating” on the deal.

Read more: Could China Telecom become the Philippines’ next operator?

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a subsidiary of Etisalat Services Holding, hosted the seventh GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group (WAS#7) in Dubai from March 19-22, featuring keynote speakers and an update from the GSMA Technology Group on industry-wide issues affecting all GSMA work. Emirates Data Clearing House General Manager, Nasser Salim, encouraged attendees to collaborate and “take steps to improve our industry.”

Read more: EDCH hosts GSMA Wholesale Agreements and Solutions Group in Dubai


Telecom operators in India need to focus more on improving their services, telecom minister Manoj Sinha claimed in an interview with The Economic Times, rather than quarrelling amongst themselves, following the government's announcement of taking steps to ease their financial pressures.

The Minister was responding to a row between Indian telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular on one side and Reliance Jio on the other. Reliance Jio has been accused of engaging in predatory pricing practices since it established operations in 2016, which have greatly impacted its counterparts' earnings.

The government agreed to increase the spectrum holding limit in a service area from 25 percent to 35 percent and extended the payment terms from ten years (excluding a two-year moratorium), to 16 years, in a bid to encourage industry consolidation by making it simpler for operators to sell off spectrum assets to pay off debt.

"The cabinet's decisions will give them immediate relief," Minister Sinha said, referring to India's telecom operators. "The decisions will help consolidation, give a fillip to investments and improve the ease of doing business in the sector."

He said the decision to potentially lower interest rates on outstanding dues "does not need to go to cabinet – we will take a call on it." ET reported that these measures will provide minimal benefit, as issues such as high taxes still remain.