Bell Canada enhances mobile data network access speeds

    New Novatel Wireless data cards and modem offer mobile broadband data

    TORONTO, Ontario, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada today announced
further speed enhancements to the Bell Mobility high speed mobile data
network, and also introduced three new Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ:   NVTL) mobile
broadband devices built exclusively for Bell Mobility customers requiring fast
and reliable data access on the go.
    "Bell's enhanced high speed mobile data network, also known as EV-DO Rev
A, supports applications and services that offer business clients a powerful
and reliable mobile broadband experience," said Adel Bazerghi, Vice President,
Products for Bell Mobility. "Mobile data services are the fastest growing
segment in wireless, and our ongoing network speed enhancements underline Bell
Mobility's focus on leading the marketplace."
    Available today in regions across Ontario, Bell's enhanced high-speed
mobile network offers peak upload speeds of 1.8 megabits per second (Mbps) and
peak download speeds of approximately 3.1 Mbps. Bell plans to introduce
further speed enhancements in selected markets across Canada throughout 2007.
    These speed increases allow Mobility business customers to share large
data files and leverage new wireless data applications on the go. For example,
high-definition digital schematics and blueprints can be manipulated in the
field, shared in real time with counterparts at head office, then discussed
over a video-conference connection.
    Consumers can take advantage of the improved mobile data speeds to listen
to and share music on demand, capture and upload high-resolution photography
and real-time wireless video, or access large e-mail files directly on their
phones or other mobile devices.

    Novatel Wireless mobile data devices

    In tandem with today's high-speed upgrade announcement, Bell launched
three Novatel Wireless hardware devices:

    - Novatel Wireless P720 PC Card: The Merlin(TM) PC720 EV-DO Rev A PC Card
      provides high-speed connectivity to networks with data speeds up to 3.1
      Mbps. It has an advanced dual-band diversity antenna system design that
      incorporates an external flip antenna, maximizing data speed
      performance and allowing for stronger network signal reception.
    - Novatel Wireless U720 USB Modem: The Ovation U720 USB EV-DO Rev A Modem
      plugs into a computer's USB port to provide users with data speeds of
      up to 3.1 Mbps.
    - Novatel Wireless X720 ExpressCard: The Merlin X720 ExpressCard(TM) EV-
      DO Rev A offers fast, wireless broadband speeds to achieve LAN-like
      mobility with data speeds up to 3.1 Mbps. Accessories for the
      ExpressCard that allow it to function as a PCMCIA card or USB are also

    "Novatel is very pleased to be working with Bell Canada to deliver next
generation mobile data devices," said Brad Weinert, acting CEO and COO for
Novatel Wireless. "Novatel Wireless' EV-DO Rev A product line enables Bell to
provide increased upload and download speeds connecting enterprise customers
to remote corporate resources and consumers to their digital content anytime,
    Launched in October 2005, the Bell Mobility high speed mobile data
network is currently available to approximately 60 per cent of Canadians
across the country and was the first network to deliver data at speeds of up
to 2.4 Mbps, allowing for streaming video, high-speed Internet surfing and
downloads of one-megabyte data files in 20 seconds or less.
    For more information about Bell high speed wireless services, please

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit For corporate information on BCE, please visit

    About Novatel Wireless

    Novatel Wireless, Inc. is revolutionizing wireless communications. The
company is a leader in the design and development of innovative wireless
broadband access solutions based on 3G WCDMA (HSDPA & UMTS), CDMA and GSM
technologies. Novatel Wireless' MerlinTM PC Cards and ExpressCards,
Expedite(R) Embedded Modules, MobiLink(TM) Communications Software Suite,
Ovation(TM) Fixed Mobile Convergence Products and Conversa(TM) Software Suite
enable high-speed wireless access. The company delivers innovative 3G
solutions to operators, distributors and vertical markets worldwide.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ:  
NVTL. For more information please visit (NVTLG)

    This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made
pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended to date. These forward-looking
statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors
could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
forward-looking statements contained herein. These factors include risks
relating to technological changes, new product introductions, continued
acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual
property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel
Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
(available at and other regulatory agencies.

For further information:

For further information: Paolo Pasquini, Bell Canada Media Relations,
(416) 581-3311, 1-888-482-0809,; Mike Kelly; Nadel
Phelan for Novatel Wireless, (831) 440-2403,

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