New 4G cellular broadband routers for enterprise customers using Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ intelligent
embedded modules will be on display at the GSMA Mobile World Congress
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that LANCOM, a
leading German manufacturer of enterprise network solutions, has
selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ intelligent embedded modules to
provide wireless network connectivity for its new line of 4G cellular
broadband VPN routers. LANCOM can now offer its large enterprise,
midsize business, and public sector customers several new router
options to take advantage of 4G wireless broadband connectivity.
The LANCOM 1681-4G, using the AirPrime MC7710 embedded module, will
support the latest LTE networks and speeds of up to 100 Mbps download
and 50 Mbps upload. The LANCOM 1780EW-3G uses the AirPrime MC8705 to
connect with the fastest HSPA+ networks in the world, delivering
download speeds up to 21 Mbps. The LANCOM OAP-321-3G, using the
AirPrime MC8705 embedded module, combines Internet access via cellular
networks with high-speed 802.11n wireless LAN and comes in a rugged
IP-67 outdoor housing.
The routers will provide LANCOM's enterprise customers with the robust,
reliable cellular broadband connectivity their businesses demand.
Customers can use the solutions as a backup to their wired networks or,
thanks to the emergence of 4G connection speeds comparable to cable and
ADSL, in place of wired connectivity.
All products will premiere at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011 in
Barcelona (LANCOM, Hall 1, 1B01 - German Pavilion).
Mastering complex 4G engineering
The mobile industry is buzzing about the potential of 4G technologies,
and LTE in particular, to dramatically boost connection speeds, lower
latency, and lower cost per bit. Making these technologies work in
real-world applications, however, remains a challenge. Given the
novelty of HSPA+ and LTE technologies, networks capable of supporting
these high-speed connections are still unavailable in many areas. To
allow customers to take advantage of the fastest available networks
with their router products, LANCOM needs multi-mode router solutions
that support both 3G and 4G networks.
LANCOM also must address the reality that each operator implements LTE
differently, using different frequency bands for both the 4G network
and 3G fallback, each of which requires specific antenna
configurations. Developing a solution that incorporates the most
possible technology combinations (a necessity if the solution will be
applicable for multiple regions and operators), and does so with the
minimum hardware possible, is an immensely challenging engineering
problem. If LANCOM had to use different modules from multiple vendors
to accomplish this, for example, this would radically increase the
complexity of the design and engineering process, and add significant
costs and time to bring the products to market.
Sierra Wireless LTE and HSPA+ modules address all of these complexities
and provide a comprehensive, global communications solution. Both the
AirPrime MC7710 and MC8801 embedded modules offer multi-mode
connectivity and software, providing support for all common 2G, 3G and
4G networks across multiple frequency bands. The modules also include
heat, power and high speed interface design considerations to function
optimally across multiple network technologies.
"Sierra Wireless eliminates much of the uncertainty of operating in the
evolving 4G world," says Christian Schallenberg, Executive Vice
President Product Marketing at LANCOM. "With these embedded modules, we
can provide our customers with robust, business-class broadband
connectivity that delivers the full advantages of LTE and other 4G
technologies. At the same time, the modules' standard form factor and
multi-mode support mean we can develop our router solutions once and
market them for virtually any network, anywhere in the world."
Accelerating time to market
By choosing AirPrime embedded modules, LANCOM benefits from Sierra
Wireless' extensive expertise in high-speed cellular broadband
technology. Sierra Wireless professional services teams have assisted
LANCOM through the design, engineering and certification process for
the new routers, drawing on years of experience collaborating with
diverse PC and networking manufacturers, as well as leading network
operators worldwide. For example, Sierra Wireless has been working
closely with Verizon Wireless through the carrier's LTE Innovation
Center lab, developing the latest generation of 4G technologies to take
advantage of LTE networks. The AirPrime embedded modules will be
pre-certified for the various 3G and 4G network environments in which
they will operate.
"Adding 4G connectivity to LANCOM's lineup of routers allows the company
to provide a robust, high-bandwidth solution to enterprise customers
for primary or backup connectivity," said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice
President and General Manager, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra
Wireless. "For organizations that depend on that link for business
continuity, 4G offers a compelling option, and we're pleased to support
LANCOM in delivering that option to its customers."
For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded modules, please
visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/airprime. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or
LANCOM Systems GmbH is the leading German manufacturer of reliable,
innovative network solutions for large enterprises and SMEs, public
authorities and institutions. The focus is on remote access and site
connectivity based on virtual private networks (VPN) and on wireless
networking (WLAN). LANCOM Systems GmbH is headquartered in Würselen
near Aachen and has sales offices in Munich, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
The company's founder and Managing Director is Ralf Koenzen.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can
successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirPrime" and "Open AT" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other
product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of
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