Demand Growing for Option's HSDPA 7.2 EXPRESS Data Cards and ICON USB Wireless Modems

    Swisscom Mobile, Pannon Hungary and Partner Communications Israel Expand
    Range of Mobile Data Solutions

    LEUVEN, Belgium, April 20 /CNW/ - Option (Euronext: OPTI: OPNVY;
OTC: OPNVY), the wireless technology company, today reported growing demand
for its EXPRESS 7.2 data card and ICON 7.2 USB wireless modems from leading
mobile operators in Switzerland, Hungary and Israel.
    GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 data cards pack Option's advanced data
communication capabilities into the slim-line, future-proof, ExpressCard form
factor compatible with the 34mm expansion slots increasingly found on the
latest laptops. The GlobeSurfer(R) ICON 7.2 wireless modem delivers DSL-like
performance in a compact device that can plug directly into the USB port of
any laptop or desktop PC. Its sleek and stylish design will appeal to the
growing consumer market for flexible wireless data solutions.
    Swisscom Mobile, a long-established Option partner is adding Option's
EXPRESS card to its award-winning Mobile Unlimited product portfolio. At the
same time, Switzerland's innovative market leader is doubling the speed of its
entire HSDPA network, which already serves 40 per cent of the Swiss
population, to 3.6 Mbps.
    Early April, Hungarian operator Pannon launched HSDPA wireless broadband
services targeting both mobile users and residential customers. Part of the
Telenor group, Pannon holds a 34% of the Hungarian market. Its HSDPA service,
which offers transmission rates between 1.8 and 3.6 Mbps, is currently
available to 33% of the population in Budapest and 43 other towns. The
GlobeTrotter EXPRESS 7.2 is being offered to laptop users while desktop users
can avoid fixed-line broadband provisioning delays that are typically measured
in weeks by choosing the GlobeSurfer(R) ICON 7.2.
    Partner Communications Company Ltd (NASDAQ & Tel Aviv Stock
Exchange: PTNR), operating the Orange network in Israel, is also offering the
GlobeSurfer(R) ICON 7.2 as an easy-to-install cellular broadband service. Part
of Hutchison Telecom International, Partner is a leading Israeli mobile
communications operator with a market share of approximately 32% at the end of
2006. Partner is implementing HSDPA to offer fast download speeds up to
3.6 Mbps throughout most of the urban centres in the country.
    Jan Callewaert, CEO at Option: "The migration of laptop manufacturers to
the ExpressCard form-factor and the adoption of wireless USB modems as an
alternative to DSL are important trends to monitor in 2007. These latest
operator agreements demonstrate that Option's product portfolio is well placed
to satisfy any changes in consumer demand."

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G WCDMA (HSPA and UMTS), EDGE, GPRS,
GSM and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option
has built up an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that
enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's
headquarters are in Leuven, Belgium. The company has Research & Development in
Leuven, a Software and Applications development centre in Adelsried (Germany),
a Wireless Router development centre in Stockholm (Sweden), an ISO 9002
production engineering and logistics facility in Cork, Ireland. Option also
has sales & support operations in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For
more information please visit

For further information:

For further information: Douglas Ros, Vice President Business
Development, Tel +32-(0)16-317-411, E-mail:; Frederic
Convent, CFO Option, Tel +32-(0)16-317-471, E-mail:

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