News In Brief: T-Mobile USA, France Telecom, Apple, Verizon Wireless, PT Telkom

T-Mobile USA’s 4G network is now available to around 200 million subscribers nationwide, chief Philipp Humm said Friday. The carrier has already grabbed the crown for fastest wireless data service in 2010, according to Nielsen figures.
 
French unions have accepted an amended retirement package for older staff at France Telecom. The telco adapted a part-time working deal to account for changes to the retirement age in the country.
 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs continued to draw a base salary of $1 (€0.77) in 2010, as he has done every year since 1997, Reuters reports
 
Verizon Wireless is hotly tipped to finally announce a deal to carry Apple’s iPhone at a press event in New York tomorrow, Bloomberg reports.
 
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has revealed that mandatory internet filtering is still on the agenda. But filter legislation may not reach parliament until mid-2013.
 
Indonesia's PT Telkom hopes to borrow up to 7 trillion rupiah (€601 million) from Bank Rakyat Indonesia to help finance its 2011 capex.
 
Finnish cellco DNA has contracted Ericsson to upgrade its network to 4G, in a three year deal that also covers network management. The operator aims to go commercial in major cities by the year-end.
 
The bulk of a $700 million (€542 million) investment by Telefonica in upgrades to its Chilean networks in 2011 will go on deploying fiber optic cable, Bloomberg reports citing local press.

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