New LaptopConnect USB Device Takes Advantage of AT&T HSPA Network
Upgrades and Is Pre-Loaded With AT&T Communication Manager
SAN ANTONIO, TX, and VANCOUVER, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX:SW) today announced the availability of the
AT&T USBConnect 881, a new, easy-to-use wireless USB data device that is the
first to have AT&T Communication Manager software pre-loaded. The AT&T
USBConnect 881 automatically installs AT&T Communication Manager when first
used with Microsoft Windows Vista, XP and 2000 notebooks(1). This eliminates
the need for an installation CD to provide a plug-and-play experience for most
The AT&T USBConnect 881 enables laptop owners to quickly and easily send
and receive e-mail and access the Internet on AT&T's 3G High Speed Packet
Access (HSPA) BroadbandConnect wireless network. This network has upload
speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps and enhanced download speeds ranging
between 600 Kbps and 1,400 Kbps. The faster download speeds provide an optimal
wireless Internet-browsing experience, and the faster upload speeds will
enhance users' ability to send large files, such as e-mail with attachments,
photos or business documents.
AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to deploy enhanced upload speeds through
High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) in its HSPA network. HSPA is the
latest generation of mobile broadband technology based upon the global
standard for wireless - GSM.
"The introduction of the AT&T USBConnect 881 is another great solution
for laptop owners who need to stay connected to their world - everywhere they
live and work," said Michael Woodward, AT&T vice president, Business
Voice/Data and wireless products. "The USBConnect 881, with its new automatic
software installation, will allow them to do just that, faster and easier than
The AT&T USBConnect 881 can be used internationally in 139 countries, so
it is an ideal choice for international travelers. In addition, the USBConnect
881 works seamlessly across HSPA and EDGE/GPRS networks and provides customers
with the ideal mix of coverage and performance whether they are traveling
across town, the U.S. or the world. AT&T's nationwide(2) EDGE network is the
largest national high speed wireless data network in the U.S.
"The addition of automatic software installation to the AT&T USBConnect
881 provides a better out-of-the-box experience for AT&T customers," said Dan
Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. "With
the faster network speeds AT&T is rolling out and the ease of use the
USBConnect 881 provides, this is quite simply one of the easiest ways to get
online and stay connected. We are pleased to work with AT&T once again to
improve the customer experience."
AT&T offers a variety of DataConnect rate plans, including an unlimited
data plan for $59.99 a month for customers, with a two-year contract. AT&T's
DataConnect North American plan of 100MB for $109.99 a month provides for
usage in select Canada and Mexico roam zones, as well as unlimited domestic
use. The DataConnect Global plan of 100MB for $139.99 a month covers
additional data usage in select roam zones in more than two dozen countries,
including many European countries, India, China, South Korea and Japan.
AT&T HSUPA Deployment
The deployment of HSUPA will complete the transition of the AT&T
3G network to HSPA standards. HSDPA technology is deployed today across the
company's 3G footprint, which includes more than 220 U.S. major metropolitan
areas. HSUPA will be added throughout the network in the remainder of 2007 and
early 2008, and new AT&T 3G deployments moving forward will include both HSPA
HSUPA technology initially provides enhanced upload speeds for laptop
users. AT&T launched its first HSUPA device, the AirCard 881, in October.
Additional LaptopConnect cards and other HSUPA-compatible devices are expected
to be certified by AT&T later this year and in 2008.
The HSPA network enhancements demonstrate AT&T's continuing commitment to
deploying a network that delivers the industry's best wireless experience.
Over the past three years, the company has invested more than $18 billion to
build the scope and capability of its wireless network while focusing on the
service criteria that matter the most to customers - widespread voice and data
coverage, high speed data connectivity, service flexibility and service
reliability and quality.
The AT&T USBConnect 881 will be available for purchase across AT&T sales
channels starting Nov. 14. The USBConnect 881 will be available for
$49.99 with a new two-year DataConnect contract of $59.99 a month or higher.
The service can be purchased at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at
http://www.wireless.att.com and through AT&T's business-to-business sales
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com
(1) To download a free Mac client, visit
www.sierrawireless.com/support/att/mac. Sierra Wireless' Mac client
supports Tiger v10.4 (and later) and Leopard Operating Systems.
(2) Not available in all areas
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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless modems and software connect people all over the world
with mobile broadband networks that keep them in touch, informed, and
productive from wherever they need to be. The Company offers a diverse product
portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer,
machine-to-machine, and specialized vertical industry markets, and provides
professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design,
integration, and carrier certification. With 2006 revenues of $221 million,
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) is headquartered in Richmond, British
Columbia, Canada with additional offices in Carlsbad and Hayward, California;
London; and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit
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