FASTTAKES: Huawei, Qantas, GBI, RIM, MS

Staff writer
17 Nov 2009

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.

Middle-eastern subsea cable operator Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has signed an agreement to establish a landing point for its GBI fiber cable system in Iraq.

Research In Motion (RIM), in conjunction with Hong Kong wireless industry groups WITA and HKWDC, have commenced the BlackBerry Developer Challenge 2009. The contest aims to encourage local developers to build applications for BlackBerry smartphones.

Microsoft has officially launched Bing in the UK, but with limited functionality compared to the US version - the UK version does not currently include Twitter feeds or Wolfram Alpha.

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.

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