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SugarSync wins GSMA Award for Innovation

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SugarSync

Our good friends over at Sharpcast, creators of SugarSync, sent us a line today to let us know their solution was selected as the Top Innovator in the category of Most Innovative Consumer Application or Service, and a Global Semi-Finalist in the Americas leg of the 2009 Mobile Innovation Global Award Competition, as part of the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Marketplace.

SugarSync combines secure online backup, remote access, mobile synchronization, and online file sharing into one solution, giving users seamless access to all the content stored on their computers from a mobile phone. Expect a review up from us soon, but until then a 45-day free trial is available at www.sugarsync.com.

3G advances via GSM frequencies

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Radio towerA recent study by Ovum is suggesting that 300 million people across Africa, Asia and Europe could be getting in on wireless broadband by 2012 with some investment in the 900 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. The main pull would be cost effectiveness, but consistent international standards could slow down progress.

“National governments need to coordinate their spectrum policies to enable the widespread rollout of HSPA in the 900MHz band,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer of the GSMA. “Such coordination would make HSPA at 900MHz a cost-effective way to provide valuable broadband services to the many people untouched by the high-speed Internet revolution that has swept through the developed world.”

900 MHz is a pretty high-traffic right now, so some heavy restructuring would be necessary in order to make 3G work without interfering with existing GSM signals.