Sierra Wireless USB Modem to be introduced to Switzerland by Swisscom

    The Compass 885 USB Modem from Sierra Wireless offers stylish, durable
    design and the latest high-speed mobile broadband technology for
    professionals on the move

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and
Swisscom today announced the availability of the Sierra Wireless Compass(TM)
885 USB Modem to customers in Switzerland. The Compass 885 USB modem offers
Swisscom customers mobile broadband connectivity on the go, with fast, simple
installation, a sleek and durable USB design, and the latest 3G wireless
technology for optimal data speeds. Sold under the brand name "Unlimited USB
Modem 885," the Compass 885 is now available for as low as CHF 1.00(*) through
Swisscom Shops, the company's Web shop online at, and other
third party channels.
    Swisscom offers customers a high-performing HSPA mobile broadband network
that covers 92 percent of the Swiss population. Swisscom customers can browse
the Internet almost everywhere in Switzerland at up to 7.2 Mbps (megabits per
second), comparable to current speeds in the wired world. In addition,
Swisscom offers its customers broadband coverage via UMTS (90 percent) or EDGE
(99.8 percent) technology where HSPA is not yet available - anywhere and at
anytime - and the Compass 885 USB modem seamlessly transitions to EDGE
connectivity outside of HSPA-covered regions.
    The Sierra Wireless Compass 885 USB modem offers TRU-Install(TM)
automatic software installation, which makes startup quick and simple,
allowing users to get online faster, as well as Swisscom's own user-friendly
Unlimited Data Manager (UDM) software. The Compass 885 USB Modem also includes
a connector for an optional external antenna, sometimes preferred by customers
to provide extended and strengthened connections in remote areas or fringe
network coverage. Additionally, the Compass 885 USB Modem is sold with a 1 GB
microSD memory card already inserted into the modem, providing Swisscom
customers with the convenient option of increasing data storage and transfer
without any additional efforts required.
    The Compass 885 USB Modem offers users the ability to roam globally, with
tri-band HSPA/UMTS support and quad-band GSM/EDGE support, making it
compatible with networks in most countries around the world.
    "The quick and easy setup, the sleek and durable design, and the
convenience of having a high-speed connection wherever it's needed makes the
Compass 885 an ideal choice for mobile professionals and frequent travelers,"
said Christian Neuhaus, a spokesperson for Swisscom.
    "The Compass 885 USB Modem is designed to be convenient, reliable, and
fast, providing the latest high-speed mobile broadband technology and global
compatibility," said Jim Lahey, vice president, EMEA for Sierra Wireless.
"With the widespread availability of a high-speed mobile broadband network,
the Compass 885 offers mobile professionals access to the information and
connections they need wherever they need them, and we're pleased to have the
opportunity to deliver this to Swisscom customers."
    For more information about the Sierra Wireless Compass 885 USB modem
please visit To contact the Sierra
Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

    (*) Upon conclusion of a new subscription NATEL(R) data basic + Data
        Option 1.5 GB, 24 months. Price without contract is CHF 299.00.

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    About Swisscom

    Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecoms provider, with 5 million
mobile customers, around 5.3 million fixed lines including 1.6 million
broadband connections. The company has a presence throughout Switzerland and
offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based
voice and data communication.
    For more information on Swisscom Mobile 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

    "Compass" and "TRU-Install" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other
product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
respective owners.

    Sierra Wireless 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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