Australian operator Optus has confirmed that it will cut its workforce by 400 due to increased competition caused by a move from one of its rivals to introduce unlimited 4G data plans. The job cuts are expected to be made in the next few months - and Optus CEO Allen Lew has informed staff that the measures are being implemented in an effort to future-proof the company and fund future investment.

Read more: Australian operator confirms it will axe 400 jobs

South Korean conglomerate Samsung has been ordered by a US federal court to pay Apple $533m in a patent dispute case that has been ongoing now for seven years. Samsung has been found guilty of copying the iPhone design and a federal court jury has now awarded an additional $5m in damages for a pair of patented functions to be paid to the US technology colossus.

Read more: Samsung ordered to pay US tech giants $533m

The US Commerce Secretary has officially confirmed that it is seeking alternative solutions to the draconian sanctions it has imposed on Chinese telecommunications vendor ZTE. The sanctions have forced the Chinese telecoms colossus to suspend all of its major operations which now puts the company on the brink of collapse.

Read more: US confirms it’s seeking solutions for its sanctions against Chinese telecoms firm

US President Donald Trump has angrily rejected claims that it has given in to Chinese demands over the ban imposed on telecommunications vendor ZTE. The US Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on ZTE exporting US technology after it claimed that the company had failed to take the appropriate action against employees that where responsible for trade violations in both Iran and North Korea.

Read more: Trump rejects claims he has ‘folded’ over ZTE in trade talks

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