NetComm's exclusive Telstra partnership delivers two wireless gateway devices

    Developed by NetComm - Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM)

    SYDNEY, Australia and VANCOUVER, July 24 /CNW/ - Telstra, Australia's
leading telecommunications company, has partnered with NetComm Limited,
Australia's leading provider of data communication technology and the world's
leading 3G embedded module manufacturer, Sierra Wireless to launch a new
mobile broadband device.
    The device, introduced today, is marketed as the Telstra Turbo 7 Series
Wireless Gateway and BigPond 7.2 Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway and
combines three capabilities in one unit - super-fast mobile broadband, a
secure Wi-Fi Gateway and Ethernet connectivity. Both products have been
developed exclusively for Telstra's Next G(TM) network, Australia's largest
and fastest national mobile broadband network.
    This announcement follows the Product Supply Agreement signed between
Telstra and NetComm in May 2008 for the provision of broadband routers. It is
also part of an ongoing relationship between the companies that builds upon
NetComm's commitment to developing and delivering innovative 3G solutions and
    Telstra Product Management Executive Director, Mr Ross Fielding, said
Telstra teamed with NetComm to create a flexible device that provides shared
access to the net virtually anywhere within Telstra Next G(TM) network's two
million square kilometre-plus footprint.
    "We think customers will really appreciate the convenience and reach of
this portable solution, its quick set up and its suitability as an alternative
or backup to fixed-line broadband," Mr Fielding said.
    Danny Morrsion, General Manager, NetComm commented, "These two gateways
are unique in the Australian market in terms of sophistication and capability,
offering users super fast connection speeds. They are the culmination of more
than six months of NetComm development and innovation, working closely with
Telstra to ensure a seamless end-user experience."
    "We look forward to working again with Telstra on solutions for the Next
G(TM) network. In addition, NetComm and Sierra Wireless also have a
long-standing relationship and will continue to work together to develop
state-of-the-art wireless connectivity products."
    Embedded in both devices is the powerful Sierra Wireless 3G module
responsible for the same reliable, high-quality mobile broadband customers
have come to expect with Telstra's 7 series range.
    "Our collaboration with Netcomm to bring 3G embedded wireless
connectivity to their industry-leading gateway solution and to launch with
Telstra on their Next G(TM) network takes advantage of each company's
strengths," said Jin Pak, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales for Sierra
Wireless. "Australian businesses and consumers know that Netcomm delivers
quality products and they are looking for the same quality in the wireless
connection to support a variety of high bandwidth applications. Sierra
Wireless is pleased to collaborate with Netcomm to deliver a reliable,
embedded mobile broadband solution to the Australian market."
    These Gateways include state of the art security features such as WPA
data encryption, SPI Firewall and VPN pass through, that meet the mobility,
flexibility, speed and security needs of Australians.

    About Telstra Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway

    The Telstra Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway for Telstra Mobile Business
provides a simple, flexible and affordable Internet connection for businesses
of all sizes. Businesses can leverage the speed and coverage of the Next G(TM)
network to provide mobile and remote high-speed access to data, emails,
Internet and business applications, as well as create a network with multiple
wireless devices including PCs, laptops, Wi-Fi phone and PDAs with no need for
ADSL or cable.
    The Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway is available for Business and
    Telstra Business and Enterprise customers can order the device through
any Telstra Shop or Dealer or their Telstra Account Manager. The modem is $529
outright or can be purchased on Telstra's Mobile Repayment Option.
    The Turbo 7 Series Wireless Gateway will be available from Friday
25 July.

    About BigPond(R) 7.2 Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway

    The Telstra 7.2 Home Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway creates a
powerful, reliable and secure home network that allows BigPond customers to
connect multiple wired and wireless devices to the one secure Internet
connection. It is easy to use and provides a consistent and fast Telstra
Next G(TM) network connection to the Internet without the need for ADSL or
    The BigPond install CD in your Self Install Kit has been designed to
configure your BigPond 7.2 Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway and your
computer and laptops automatically.
    BigPond 7.2 Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway will be eligible for
the current BigPond Wireless Broadband special offer and available from
Telstra Shops and dealers.
    BigPond 7.2 Wireless Broadband Home Network Gateway availability will be
announced soon.

    About Telstra

    Telstra Corporation Limited is Australia's leading telecommunications and
information services company, with one of the best known brands in the
country. Telstra is the only media communications company in Australia that
can provide customers with a truly integrated telecommunications experience
across fixed line, mobiles, broadband (BigPond(R)), information, transaction
and search (Sensis(R) products) and pay TV (FOXTEL from Telstra). Telstra's
international businesses include CSL New World Mobility Group, one of Hong
Kong's leading mobile operators; TelstraClear Limited, Reach Ltd, a provider
of global connectivity and international voice and satellite services and
SouFun Holdings Limited, a leading real estate and furnishings website in
China. By using an integrated suite of network and media assets, Telstra is
creating a world of 1-click, 1-touch, 1-command, any screen solutions that are
integrated, operate in real-time, and are simple, easy and valued by
customers. For more information visit

    About NetComm Limited

    NetComm is Australia's leading provider of data communications solutions.
It holds a commanding position in the key markets of Digital Subscriber Line
(DSL), high-speed networking, wireless, routers, VoIP, and 3G technologies.
NetComm products are researched, developed and engineered in Australia to meet
the requirements and conditions of each countries and carrier. The company has
a history of sustained growth and innovation, and is listed on the Australian
Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). For more information visit

    Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM)

    Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules are powerful, cost effective
solutions that easily integrate into devices, offering complete wireless data
solutions over HSPA and EV-DO Rev A networks. Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM)
devices deliver the same reliable, high-quality mobile broadband connectivity
customers have come to expect from Sierra Wireless, embedded and optimized
within the host device to offer the best possible performance. The company
also provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in
wireless design, integration, and carrier certification.

    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
    For information on purchasing Sierra Wireless modules in Australia and
New Zealand, please visit:

    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.

    "Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED" 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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For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Landry, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
233-6309, Email:; Yumi Bondy, Netcomm Limited, +61
2 9424 2542,

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