Sierra Wireless introduces first USB modems for HSPA+ mobile broadband networks



    
    The Sierra Wireless USB 306 and USB 307 provide users with access to the
    fastest available mobile broadband download speeds in the world
    

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
introduced the Sierra Wireless USB 306 and the USB 307, the world's first
mobile broadband USB modem for HSPA+ networks. The new modems nearly triple
the speed of other mobile broadband devices, with peak download speeds of 21
megabits per second (Mbps), making them the fastest mobile broadband devices
available. The Sierra Wireless USB 306 and USB 307 modems are expected to ship
within the first half of this year.
    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.
    "We recognize that the way people use the Internet has evolved," said
Greg Speakman, vice president of Marketing for Sierra Wireless. "Most people
require higher bandwidth from their connections now than they did even two
years ago. Sierra Wireless is working hard to stay at the forefront of mobile
technology to ensure that our customers can get online and do whatever they
need to do, whether from home, work, or somewhere in between."
    The USB 306 is designed for North American and Asia-Pacific regions,
operating on the 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands, and the USB 307 is optimized
for Europe, operating on the 900 and 2100 MHz bands. To provide efficiency and
convenience for users, Sierra Wireless TRU-Install(TM) loads the device
drivers and Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) connection manager software onto the
computer the first time the USB modem is plugged in. Sierra Wireless Watcher
connection manager makes it easy to check the modem's status, network
coverage, and signal strength. Both models are also equipped with a
microSD(TM) card slot to provide convenient storage and assist with file
transfers on-the-go.

    
    Sierra Wireless USB 306 and USB 307

    -   Significantly improved data speeds, with peak downlink at 21 Mbps and
        uplink at 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
    -   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 3.1 connection manager, which
        provides quick access to popular features and important modem
        information in a convenient, easy-to-use dashboard
    -   Convenient, flexible usage options available, including a laptop clip
        and an USB cable to allow the modem to be clipped to a notebook
        display, plus a lanyard loop and carrying pouch for easy storage.
    

    Demonstrations of the USB 306 will be taking place at Mobile World
Congress, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 16 to 19. Details
regarding on-site displays and demonstrations will be available in the Sierra
Wireless Mobile World Congress Newsroom, at www.sierrawireless.com/MWC2009.
    For more information about the Sierra Wireless USB 306 please visit
http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/usb306.aspx. 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.

    Sierra Wireless Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services
and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions,
channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating
expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in
this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding
future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words
"plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties
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, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com

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