Option HSUPA Data Card the World's First HSUPA Device to Win FCC Approval

    LEUVEN, Belgium, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Option N.V. (Euronext: OPTI; OPNVY), the
wireless technology company, today announced that it has marked a major
milestone with the United States Federal Communications Commission's (FCC)
final approval of the first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) data card:
the GlobeTrotter EXPRESS HSUPA. The technical certification of the FCC is
mandatory for use on HSUPA networks in the U.S. Following this approval, the
wireless broadband data card is now ready to be commercialised in U.S.
    The GlobeTrotter Express HSUPA data card is based on QUALCOMM's Mobile
Station Modem(TM) MSM7200(TM) product, the first chipset to enable HSUPA. The
increased data rates, in both downlink and now uplink modes, offered by HSUPA
will enrich mobile broadband access to offer diverse services such as live
video streaming, video-sharing services, sending and receiving email with
large attachments, user-created content and blogging.
    The GlobeTrotter EXPRESS HSUPA packs advanced data communication
capabilities into the slim-line ExpressCard compatible with the 34 mm
expansion slots increasingly found on the latest laptops. Incorporating
triple-band HSPA and UMTS, the data card is designed to achieve peak HSDPA
down-load speeds of 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA upload rates approaching 2 Mbps.
Back-ward compatibility ensures HSDPA connections at lower data rates of 3.6
Mbps and 1.8 Mbps with upload speeds up to 384 Kbps. The data card also has
inherent support for tri-band UMTS operation at 384 Kbps as well as quad-band
EDGE and GPRS for worldwide connectivity.
    To promote the efficient use of the radio spectrum in U.S. markets, the
FCC has developed technical standards for devices that are capable of emitting
radiofrequency energy when in use, including such as wireless broadband data
cards. These products, which including Option's GlobeTrotter EXPRESS HSUPA,
need to receive FCC identification numbers in accordance with the Commission
Equipment Authorization rules prior to marketing in US markets. This FCC
certification is similar to the CE certificate for the European markets.

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, 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 Belgium (Leuven). The company has Research & Development
in Belgium (Leuven), Germany (Duesseldorf and Adelsried), Sweden (Stockholm),
and an ISO 9002 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland
(Cork). Option also has offices in Europe, US, Asia, Japan and Australia. For
more information please visit http://www.option.com.

For further information:

For further information: Douglas Ros, Vice President Business
Development, Tel +32-(0)16-317-411, E-mail: d.ros@option.com

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