Sierra Wireless adds new USB modems to HSUPA product line

    AirCard(R) 880U and 881U USB modems offer the latest in mobile broadband
    connectivity on networks around the world

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
introduced new additions to the company's product portfolio for HSUPA
networks - the AirCard(R) 880U and AirCard 881U USB modems. Commercial
shipments are expected to begin in September.
    The new AirCard HSUPA USB modems offer tri-band connectivity to mobile
broadband networks worldwide and increased data speeds in a ubiquitous,
simple-to-use USB interface that makes them a practical choice for customers
sharing a single wireless account between computers or using their wireless
service with a desktop. To further enhance their flexibility, the AirCard 880U
and 881U also offer support for both Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP, and 2000)
and Mac OS X users.
    "Sierra Wireless USB modems offer versatility for customers without
compromising the quality and performance they need from their mobile broadband
connection," said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and
Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. "With the addition of significantly
faster HSUPA technology, that connection gets even better, delivering a mobile
experience that is remarkably similar to what many of our customers expect
from their wired Internet service."
    With Sierra Wireless AirCard 880U and 881U USB modems operating on an
HSUPA network, mobile data customers will be able to send email attachments,
upload information, and transmit data from portable devices at speeds more
than five times faster than on current HSDPA networks, up to a theoretical
maximum speed of 2 megabits per second (Mbps). This improvement in uplink
speed creates opportunities for a variety of new applications involving
client-generated content, such as web conferencing and live video, and for
customers working over a virtual private network, the user experience is
expected to significantly improve. Downlink speeds are also improved, with a
theoretical maximum download speed of 7.2 Mbps.
    For use in areas where HSUPA networks are not yet available, the AirCard
880U and 881U USB modems are fully compatible with HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS,
and GSM network technologies on all frequencies currently used worldwide. The
AirCard 880U is optimized for Europe and Asia, while the AirCard 881U is
optimized for North America. To ensure there is always enough power support to
handle peak or fringe area transmission requirements without compromising
performance, the AirCard 880U and 881U USB modems also include an internal
battery that supplements the power from the USB port when extra power is

    Sierra Wireless TRU Design Features

    The AirCard 880U and 881U USB modems are the first Sierra Wireless
products to be introduced with the company's TRU design features - unique
innovations that improve the quality of Sierra Wireless products and provide a
better user experience in real-world conditions. TRU Design Features built
into the AirCard 880U and 881U USB modems include:
    -   TRU-PowerSave(TM): Advanced power control to reduce PC battery drain
        and optimize performance under variable network conditions
    -   TRU-Durability(TM): Hardware design that exceeds industry
        specifications to deal with the rough-and-tumble reality of life on
        the road
    -   TRU-Diversity(TM): Patent-pending antenna design that maximizes data
        performance for the fastest speed, strongest signal, and most stable
        connection possible
    -   TRU-Flow(TM): Patent-pending architecture for data traffic management
        to ensure a consistent mobile broadband experience

    For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 880U and 881U USB
modems please visit To
contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

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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

    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or
    service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

    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:

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