Sierra Wireless AirCard 881 Taps AT&T's Industry-First HSPA Deployments
for Faster 3G Access
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced that
the Sierra Wireless AirCard(R) 881 LaptopConnect card is now available,
enabling laptop users to take full advantage of the faster broadband speeds
the company is deploying in its 3G wireless network.
Compatible with High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technologies, the AirCard
881 PC will enable average upload speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps as AT&T
commences the industry's first U.S. deployment of High Speed Uplink Packet
Access (HSUPA). After completion of comprehensive testing and certification,
AT&T is rolling out HSUPA technology in its network today, with availability
to be announced in select U.S. markets later this fall.
The AirCard 881 PC also supports enhanced HSDPA download speeds ranging
between 600 to 1,400 Kbps. The faster download speeds provide an optimal
wireless Internet-browsing experience, while the upcoming faster upload speeds
will enhance users' ability to send large files, such as videos, photos or
"As our customers use our wireless network to access the incredible
variety of information, entertainment and other services now available to
them, the need for continuously improved data speeds is critically important,"
said Michael Woodward, AT&T vice president of wireless products. "With the Air
Card 881, our data customers will experience significantly improved download
speeds today and will be able to take full advantage of faster upload speeds
as HSUPA is deployed in the AT&T network."
Like the AirCard 875 LaptopConnect card and the AirCard 875U USB device -
both already available from AT&T - the AirCard 881 offers tri-band 3G
connectivity and is compatible with mobile broadband networks worldwide,
including such countries as Japan and South Korea, making it an ideal choice
for international travelers. For use in areas in which HSPA coverage is not
yet available, the AirCard 881 PC card is also compatible with all four
EDGE/GPRS frequency bands used worldwide. AT&T's nationwide(*) EDGE network is
the largest national high speed wireless data network in the U.S.
"We are excited about the potential of HSUPA technology to deliver a
better mobile broadband experience for users and consider it a privilege to
provide AT&T customers with the first devices that enable them to take
advantage of the network upgrade," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president,
Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. "The significantly higher upload speeds
that HSUPA provides, combined with the card's robust design and worldwide
roaming capability, make the AirCard 881 a remarkably useful tool for mobile
professionals and others who need a fast, reliable way to send and receive a
lot of information while on the go."
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 881 will be available for purchase across
AT&T sales channels starting Oct. 18. The AirCard 881 will be available at no
cost - after rebates - through Nov. 3 with a new two-year DataConnect contract
of $59.99 a month or higher at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at
http://www.wireless.att.com and through AT&T's business-to-business sales
AT&T offers a variety of DataConnect rate plans, including a $59.99 a
month plan for customers with a two-year contract. AT&T's DataConnect North
American plan of 100MB for $109.99 a month provides for usage in select Canada
and Mexico roam zones. The DataConnect Global plan of 100MB for $139.99 a
month covers data usage in select roam zones in more than two dozen countries,
including many European countries, India, China, South Korea and Japan.
AT&T HSUPA Deployment
The deployment of HSUPA will complete the transition of the AT&T 3G
network to HSPA standards. HSDPA technology is deployed today across the
company's 3G footprint, which includes more than 200 U.S. major metropolitan
areas. HSUPA will be added throughout the network in the remainder of 2007 and
early 2008, and new AT&T 3G deployments moving forward will include both HSPA
HSUPA technology initially provides enhanced upload speeds for laptop
users. Additional LaptopConnect cards and other HSUPA-compatible devices are
expected to be certified by AT&T later this year and in 2008.
The HSPA network enhancements demonstrate AT&T's continuing commitment to
deploying a network that delivers the industry's best wireless experience.
Over the last three years, the company has invested more than $18 billion to
build the scope and capability of its wireless network while focusing on the
service criteria that matter most to customers - widespread voice and data
coverage, high speed data connectivity, service flexibility and service
reliability and quality.
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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 - TSX: 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
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limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
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surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand
that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in
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