With typical download speeds up to 40 Mbps, the Telstra USB 4G provides on-the-go access to
multiple bandwidth-heavy tasks without compromise
VANCOUVER AND SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) and Telstra today announced that the Telstra
USB 4G mobile broadband modem (also known as the Sierra Wireless
AirCard® 320U) is now available to Telstra and BigPond customers,
providing laptop users with access to the newly launched Telstra 4G LTE
network. Rivaling wired broadband speeds, Telstra 4G allows customers
to do more things simultaneously, like viewing online photos and
checking email while downloading a favorite TV show. Business
customers can take the network with them, multitasking on-the-go and
quickly accessing shared folders and applications on a virtual private
Telstra CEO David Thodey said Australians could now access one of the
world's most advanced mobile networks delivering some of the fastest
mobile download and upload speeds available anywhere.
"Today marks a new high-speed chapter in Australian mobile
telecommunications. Telstra's 4G network delivers mobile speeds
scarcely imagined a decade ago, making it easier for people to connect
with the things they need and love when on the move," Mr. Thodey said.
"The superfast speeds mean consumers can download songs faster, get TV
shows in minutes and do more things simultaneously. This is just the
beginning. Telstra 4G will allow our mobile devices to perform even
more advanced tasks and open the door to a host of innovative
high-speed services that have yet to be conceived."
Telstra 4G is available in the central business districts of Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra. 4G
is also available from launch in more than 30 metropolitan and regional
centres. Using the Telstra USB 4G mobile broadband modem, customers in
4G coverage areas can enjoy typical download speeds ranging from 2Mbps
to 40Mbps* - up to ten times faster than 3G speeds currently claimed by
other Australian telecommunications companies. Customers can also
experience typical upload speeds of 1Mbps to 10Mbps - three times
faster than previous generations of mobile broadband in Australia.
These are some of the fastest mobile download and upload speeds
As well as supporting faster mobile speeds, Telstra 4G provides a more
responsive internet connection. Network latency (the time it takes for
data to travel from a PC to the internet and back) is around half that
experienced on current 3G networks meaning real-time applications like
video conferencing, internet gaming and cloud-hosted streaming services
work better with less buffering and fewer interruptions.
"The new Telstra USB 4G and the Telstra 4G network provide Australians
with the most advanced wireless technology currently available anywhere
in the world," said Jason Cohenour, CEO for Sierra Wireless. "We are
very pleased to continue our longstanding collaboration with Telstra to
launch the new Telstra USB 4G in Australia."
The Telstra USB 4G features a thin, matchbook-style design that
optimizes the dual-antenna placement for best performance, while
including user-friendly details like an articulating and pivoting hinge
that works with the widest possible array of laptop USB ports. Sierra
Wireless also offers an external antenna for the device, which can
improve reception in areas with lower signal strength.
Setup for the Telstra USB 4G is simple, with built-in support for both
Microsoft Windows and Mac OS operating systems. Supporting software
automatically installs directly from the device, meaning users can be
up and running within minutes.
The BigPond USB 4G can be purchased by consumer customers for $0 (after
rebate) on a range of new 24 month plans - including on a $49.95 per
month plan with 4GB of data included each month over 24 months (min
The Telstra USB 4G can be purchased by business customers on a range of
plans including for $0 upfront on the $39 Telstra Mobile Broadband
Standard Plan over 24 months (minimum total cost $936) with 4GB
For more information on Telstra 4G visit www.telstra.com/4gfun. Business customers can visit www.Telstra.com/business/4G.
For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 320U USB modem,
please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/en/productsandservices/AirCard/USBModems/AirCard_320U.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or
* Speeds vary due to factors such as distance from base station, local
conditions, user numbers, hardware and software configuration.
Note to editors:
To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/newsroom/productimages.aspx.
Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications and information
services company, with one of the best known brands in the country.
Telstra offers a full range of services and competes in all
telecommunications markets throughout Australia, providing more than
8.3 million Australian fixed line and 12.2 million mobile services.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can
successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or
service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
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