Telstra UltimateTM USB Modem by Sierra Wireless now
available in Australia; new Sierra Wireless AirPrimeTM HSPA+
embedded wireless modules introduced to support device manufacturers
VANCOUVER, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) today
announced that it is supporting the launch of Telstra's
first-in-the-world dual-channel HSPA+ network in Australia with some of
the fastest modems the company has ever produced. The Sierra
Wireless AirCard(R) 312U wireless USB modem, first demonstrated at
Mobile World Congress in February, is now commercially available in
Australia, marketed as the Telstra UltimateTM USB modem. With
it, Australians working at client locations, at airports, or on their
commute home can access the Internet and online applications at speeds
typically reserved for office environments.
Dual-channel HSPA+ doubles the speeds of current HSPA+ networks from a
peak downlink of 21 megabits per second (Mbps) to 42 Mbps, at the same
time improving network efficiency and providing a better experience for
customers with more consistent network performance. Customers using a
Telstra Ultimate USB modem in enabled coverage areas will experience
real-world download speeds up to 20 Mbps.
"The new speeds have the potential to increase how and where our small
and large business customers work - boosting productivity in the
process," said Mike Wright, Executive Director, Telstra Networks &
Access Technologies. "Our customers have told us that they want higher
speed mobile broadband so they can work more flexibly outside of the
office and we are delighted to offer them these new speeds."
In addition to announcing the commercial launch of the AirCard 312U,
Sierra Wireless has introduced the AirPrime
MC8801, as well as the AirPrime
MC8704 and MC8705 intelligent embedded modules for HSPA+ networks,
to support manufacturers incorporating wireless connectivity into a
variety of devices, including notebook, netbook, and tablet computers;
connected consumer electronics products like personal navigation
devices; and home or enterprise-class routers.
"Once again, Telstra is leading the world in rolling out the latest
HSPA+ technology, and we're thrilled to be the first to provide
customers in Australia with products that enable them to take full
advantage of the network's capabilities," said Jin Pak, Vice President
of Sales, Asia Pacific, for Sierra Wireless. "Being first with wireless
USB modems benefits our embedded customers as well. Manufacturers
looking to provide the capabilities of the new AirCard 312U inside their
devices can be confident that Sierra Wireless embedded modules deliver a
tested, reliable solution for the best possible performance."
The Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC8801 intelligent embedded module is
designed to support HSPA+ Dual Channel networks and peak network
downlink speeds of 42 Mbps. To provide a more cost-effective alternative
for manufacturers that don't require the top speed, the new AirPrime
MC8704 and MC8705 offer HSPA+ single channel support, with peak network
downlink speed of 21 Mbps. The AirPrime MC8704 offers voice calling
capability, while the MC8705 is targeted for data-centric devices that
do not require voice support.
Samples of the AirPrime MC8801 and MC8705 are now available to customers
for testing, with commercial shipments expected in the fourth quarter of
this year. Samples of the AirPrime MC8704 are expected to be available
early in 2011. With a substantial track record of working with network
operators and manufacturing customers to integrate new wireless
technologies quickly and reliably, Sierra Wireless offers the experience
and expertise to simplify wireless integration and optimize
For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 312U, please
For more information about Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC Series embedded
wireless modules, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/productsandservices/AirPrime/Embedded_Modules/MC_Series.aspx.
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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) is expanding the wireless world
with a comprehensive offering of hardware, software, and connected
services for mobile lifestyles and machine-to-machine communications.
Our customers count on us to help them succeed with early access to new
wireless technologies and innovative, reliable, high-performing
solutions for a broad range of applications. For more information about
Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless, and "AirPrime"
is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names
mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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