Telecom and Sierra Wireless Deliver New USB and ExpressCard Mobile Broadband Modems


AUCKLAND, New Zealand and VANCOUVER, July 6 / / -- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(NASDAQ:-)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:SW) and Telecom New Zealand today announced the availability of AirCard 595U USB modem and the AirCard 597E ExpressCard, offering customers an alternative to PCMCIA cards for using Telecom Mobile Broadband to access their email, the Internet, and online applications while on the move. Both the AirCard 595U USB modem and the AirCard 597E ExpressCard are available from Telecom retail stores and online at www.telecom.co.nz.

The stylish and compact AirCard 595U USB modem can be plugged directly into a USB port in either a notebook or a desktop computer, or can be connected through an included docking cradle. This offers an alternative for customers without PCMCIA card slots and allows them to move a single wireless data service between computers.

"The AirCard 595U USB modem is a flexible mobile broadband solution for customers looking for the widest possible compatibility in their connection device," said Martin Butler, GM of Business Products for Telecom New Zealand. "It is compatible with virtually any computer, is easy to use, and offers the same reliable performance and speed as the AirCard 595 PC card, so our customers can work productively from wherever they need to."

In addition to its more compact form factor, the AirCard 597E ExpressCard offers several advanced features, including a high-performance integrated antenna to improve signal capture and data speed, and the latest MSM6800A 65-nanometer (65nm) chipset from QUALCOMM, with improved power-efficiency and wireless data performance.

"Incorporating AirCard technology into new form factors gives us the opportunity to reach new customers," said Jin Pak, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific, for Sierra Wireless. "The higher data speeds available within Telecom's new Mobile Broadband rev a network, currently being rolled out through the country make it a practical connectivity alternative for many customers. With the choice of a Sierra Wireless PC card, ExpressCard, or USB interface, it's now available to almost anyone."

AirCard 595U USB Modem
o Offers average download speeds of 800 kbps and average upload speeds
of 300 kbps, operating over Mobile Broadband rev a.
o Seamlessly connects to Mobile Broadband Rev 0 and Telecom's
nationwide mobile data network when outside rev a coverage. Rev a is
currently available in every major town and city. The entire Telecom
network, which covers over 70% of the places New Zealanders work and
live, will be upgraded by the end of the year.
o Includes an internal battery to ensure optimal performance.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U USB modem, please visit www.telecom.co.nz/usbmodem.

AirCard 597E ExpressCard
o Transfers data wirelessly at average speeds of 800 kbps download and
300 kbps upload, using the latest EV-DO Rev a technology. Rev a is
currently available in every major town and city. The entire Telecom
network, which covers over 70% of the places New Zealanders work and
live, will be upgraded by the end of the year.
o Provides mobile broadband access for notebook computers with
ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots.
o Features a high-performance, durable antenna optimised for signal
acquisition and speed, as well as a connector for an optional
external antenna to improve performance in fringe areas or more
demanding user conditions
o Incorporates the new 65nm MSM6800A(TM) chipset from QUALCOMM, with
improved power-efficiency and wireless data performance.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 597E ExpressCard, please visit www.telecom.co.nz/expresscard.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless modems and software connect people all over the world with mobile broadband networks that keep them in touch, informed, and productive from wherever they need to be. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, machine-to-machine, and specialized vertical industry markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. With 2006 revenues of $221 million, Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(NASDAQ:-)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:SW) is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with additional offices in Carlsbad and Hayward, California; London; and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Sierra Wireless, Inc.

CONTACT: Sharlene Myers, Media Communication Specialist, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604) 232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com, Or visit www.sierrawireless.com

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