News In Brief: Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Qantas, Synchronica, GSMA

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a mobile payment framework for operators under a JV between subsidiary touchatag and Clear2Pay as alliance partner. The solution converges mobile services, RFID, SMS, Web 2.0 and LBS allowing merchants to use virtual loyalty cards, coupons, tickets and membership IDs delivered directly to a user’s mobile phone.

Huawei has deployed the world's first TD-LTE trial network for China Mobile for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The network has actual download speeds of up to 29 Mbps.
Australian airline Qantas said a six-hour failure of its Amadeus check-in system had caused delays to domestic and international flights. Airlines using the same system - including Thai Airways, United Airlines and British Airways - were also thrown into disarray.
Mobile email solution provider Synchronica said it had won its fifth contract in Africa, scoring a $197,000 contract to provide a mobile gateway for a West African operator.
The New Oxford American Dictionary has named the verb “unfriend,” meaning “to remove someone as a friend on a social networking site such as Facebook,” as 2009's Word of the Year.
The GSMA’s Asia Pacific Mobile Observatory Report, has revealed that the Asia Pacific market has more than tripled in size since 2003 reaching  1.7 billion connections in 2008. The mobile industry in the region employs 10 million people and contributes US370 billion to the economy, the report states.