Sierra Wireless collaborates with Telefónica HSPA+ demonstration at Mobile World Congress



    
    Telefónica utilizes the new Sierra Wireless USB 306 to demonstrate the
    breakthrough speed of HSPA+ mobile broadband technology
    

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX:
SW) today announced the company is collaborating with Telefónica to
demonstrate HSPA+ mobile broadband network technology at Mobile World
Congress, currently underway in Barcelona until February 19. Telefónica is
hosting the demonstration at the company's booth, using the new Sierra
Wireless USB 306.
    HSPA+ network technology significantly increases mobile broadband data
speeds, reduces latency, boosts network capacity, and provides a better user
experience. The higher bandwidth supports the more data-intensive applications
people commonly use on the Internet today, including video and music
downloads.
    "HSPA+ is a significant step forward for mobile broadband technology that
provides people with faster, full access to their favorite social networking
and online applications wherever they go," said Jim Lahey, vice president,
EMEA, for Sierra Wireless. "Sierra Wireless and Telefónica have worked
together many times over the years to improve the user experience for mobile
broadband customers, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to continue
this collaboration. This demonstration is a great opportunity for people to
see where mobile broadband technology is going next."

    
    Sierra Wireless USB 306
    -   Peak downlink speeds of 21 Mbps and uplink speeds of 5.76 Mbps,
        supporting high-bandwidth online activities like music downloads and
        video
    -   Global roaming capabilities support connections around the world,
        with backward compatibility to HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS networks
        where HSPA+ coverage is not available
    -   Integrated microSD(TM) card slot offers convenient storage and file
        transfer capabilities, increasing productivity without the need for
        additional devices
    -   TRU-Install(TM) software installation technology steps first-time
        users through quick installation of the drivers and full software
        client directly from the modem, with no CD required
    -   Supported by Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) 3.1 connection manager,
        which provides quick access to popular features and important modem
        information in a convenient, easy-to-use dashboard
    -   Scheduled to ship in the first half of 2009.

    For more information about Sierra Wireless activities at Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/mwc2009. To contact
the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail
sales@sierrawireless.com.

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    About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless

    (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) modems and software connect people and systems
to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse
product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment
manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets,
and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in
wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information
about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
    "Sierra Wireless Watcher" and "TRU-Install" are trademarks of Sierra
Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the
trademarks of their respective owners.

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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
this press release will be realized.

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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Email:
smyers@sierrawireless.com

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