Sierra Wireless Embedded Modules Provide Communications Link for Becker Marine Systems' Network

    Integrated Sierra Wireless modules link mariners worldwide with vital
    networks and information when in port or near shore

    Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and Becker Marine Systems Communication today
announced that Becker Marine Systems has integrated the Sierra Wireless MC8780
and the MC5725 embedded modules into its umc.connect communication server,
which provides a critical link for mariners worldwide who stay in touch using
the Becker Marine Systems Communication network.
    The network combines wireless LAN, cellular communications,
and satellite communications into a single transparent global network and
accompanying on-board communications system that can be accessed seamlessly by
seagoing vessels. As part of this on-board system, the embedded Sierra
Wireless modules provide a 2G or 3G broadband mobile data connection for
vessels near shore or in ports around the world.
    "The network managed services provide huge cost savings for
ship2shore and shore2ship communication, since it roams seamlessly between any
satellite service towards any 2GSM, 3GSM and wireless LAN service available.
Thus, communication becomes much more cost effective, streamlines business
operation and improves crew morale. The Sierra Wireless MC8780 has been proven
as the most robust and flexible module for the very harsh environment on
seagoing vessels," stated Thomas Mueller, Managing Director of Becker Marine
Systems Communication.
    "The network offers a vital link for mariners worldwide, who
are often away from home for weeks or even months at a time," said Jim Lahey,
Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. "It's a classic example of how
wireless connectivity can improve the ability of mobile workers to stay in
contact with home and access the information they need wherever they are."

    Sierra Wireless Embedded Modules

    The MC8780 embedded module offers tri-band UMTS/HSPA and quad-band
GSM/GPRS/EDGE network access for roaming on mobile broadband networks
worldwide. The MC8780 also offers Receive Diversity and GPS support.
    The MC5725 module offers connectivity to EV-DO Revision A networks and is
compatible with EV-DO Release 0 and CDMA 1X networks for seamless connectivity
in areas without EV-DO Rev A network coverage.
    Designed for integration into notebook computers, fixed wireless
terminals, and other devices requiring high-speed wireless connectivity,
Sierra Wireless embedded modules are fully shielded and offer an operating
temperature range of -25 to +60 degrees Celsius to suit all applications.
    For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded modules, please visit To contact the Sierra
Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

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    To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit

    About Becker Marine Systems Communication

    Becker Marine Systems has over 60 years experience in the maritime
industry with more than 7000 vessels deployed. The business unit Communication
benefits from the extensive maritime experience and knowledge in consideration
of proven industry standards. Becker Marine Systems Communication develops and
operates the network with a global and universal communications
infrastructure for shipowners, ports, terminals, shipyards and sailors. The network includes a number of managed services for IP-based VPN,
VoIP, 3GSM, Satellite and wireless networks. Becker Marine Systems
Communication is based in Hamburg and operates regional offices in Europe,
Asia and the Americas. Founder and Managing Directors are Dirk Lehmann and
Thomas Mueller. For more information please visit

    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

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    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:; Friederike Himmelreich, Becker
Marine Systems Communication, Phone: + 49 (40) 29867-413, Email:

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