LEUVEN, Belgium, March 30 /CNW/ - Option (Euronext: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY),
the wireless technology company, today announced another major milestone: the
shipping of its three millionth 3G device.
Option announced the development of the first 3G UMTS wireless data card
in October 2003, at ITU Telecom World in Geneva. The company shipped its
millionth 3G device in November 2005, 24 months later. With the next
two million 3G devices being shipped in less than 16 months, output has
accelerated dramatically: double the volume in less than two-thirds of the
Since launching the world's first 3G data card, Option has developed an
unrivalled range of pioneering wireless broadband solutions. Technological
advances mean that today, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA complimented with 2.0 Mbps HSUPA is
available across the Option 3G portfolio which now consists of nine wireless
data cards, four embedded modules, three USB devices and three routers. This
choice empowers 90+ mobile network operators and leading PC and multimedia
device manufacturers around the world to select devices closely matched to the
needs of specific customer segments.
Jan Callewaert, CEO at Option: "Our accelerating shipments are testament
to the increasingly widespread acceptance of, and even reliance on, true
wireless mobility by business professionals. With consumers now seizing on the
convenience and flexibility of wireless broadband, our industry-leading USB
modems and embedded modules will become increasingly significant in achieving
our next shipment milestone."
Neil Mawston, Director of Strategy Analytics, a global research and
consulting firm, added: "Enterprise and consumer users are increasingly keen
to liberate the laptop via a cellular network. Worldwide mobile data card
sales jumped to more than 5 million units during 2006. Option is clearly among
the leaders and it plays a key role in this valuable emerging market."
Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G WCDMA (HSPA and UMTS), EDGE, GPRS,
GSM and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option
has built up an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that
enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's
headquarters are in Leuven, Belgium. The company has Research & Development in
Leuven, a Software and Applications development centre in Adelsried (Germany),
a Wireless Router development centre in Stockholm (Sweden), an ISO 9002
production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland. Option also
has sales & support operations in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
For more information please visit www.option.com.
For further information:
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