debitel chooses new Sierra Wireless HSDPA card for mobile broadband service in Germany

    SURF@go 875 offers higher data speeds, improved antenna design, and
    high-speed roaming worldwide, making it the ideal choice for
    international travelers

    VANCOUVER and STUTTGART, GERMANY, March 15 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and debitel, one of the largest mobile service
providers in Germany, today announced that debitel has added the newest Sierra
Wireless HSDPA datacard to its product lineup. The debitel SURF@go 875 PC card
(manufactured by Sierra Wireless and also known as the Sierra Wireless
AirCard(R) 875) will be available in late April through debitel's business
sales channels and retail locations throughout Germany.
    The debitel SURF@go 875 offers faster download speeds and better
high-speed roaming capability than the SURF@go 850 card, which was launched by
debitel last year. With tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
connectivity, the SURF@go 875 offers roaming on available high-speed networks
worldwide. Peak download speeds are increased from 1.8 Mbps on the SURF@go 850
to 3.6 Mbps on the SURF@go 875 card, with the potential for a future upgrade
that boosts peak speeds up to 7.2 Mbps(*).
    "Mobile broadband technology is evolving very quickly, and we are
committed to providing customers with the latest in speed and functionality,"
said Martin Witt, Head of Products and Innovations for debitel. "Working with
Sierra Wireless allows us to migrate quickly to newer, faster technology
without compromising on reliability or the user experience."
    "We are pleased to continue our cooperation with debitel to provide
high-quality mobile broadband datacards to customers in Germany," said Jim
Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. "The new card offers mobile
broadband customers improved data speeds and expanded high-speed roaming
capabilities, making it the best choice for those who rely on fast access to
online information to stay connected and competitive."
    debitel will demonstrate the new SURF@go 875 at CeBIT (Hall 26, Stand E
25 A), held in Hannover, Germany from March 15 to 21.

    For more information about Sierra Wireless PC Cards please visit To contact the Sierra
Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or e-mail

    (*) Data speeds may vary and are subject to network support.

    Note to editors:

    To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit

    About debitel AG

    With almost eleven million customers in Europe, 8.9 million in Germany,
debitel AG is one of the largest German providers of mobile telephony. As a
network-independent service provider, debitel offers access to all four mobile
networks, fast DSL access, individual tariffs for mobile and fixed-line
telephony, and now mobile television. In the customer segments, debitel is
orientated towards individual customer requirements, and is the
network-independent German market leader with regard to the market share of
customers. For more information, please visit

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) develops and markets reliable,
high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile
professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks. The
Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard(R) line
of wireless modems, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra
Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product
development, leveraging the company's expertise in wireless design and
integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers
and other portable computing devices. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad,
California, London, and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless,
please visit
    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or
service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

    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:; Johannes Ippach, debitel AG,
Telefon: +49(0)711 721-7410, Fax: +49(0)711 721-7490, E-Mail:, Internet:

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