Telstra delivers small, sleek, super-fast USB Modem

    VANCOUVER and SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Telstra today announced
the new small, sleek, super-fast Telstra Turbo 7+ USB Series Modem from 
Sierra Wireless is now available on the turbo-charged Next G(TM) network.
    Telstra Business, Group Managing Director, Ms Deena Shiff, said the modem
was ideal for mobile business professionals who want to stay connected to
customers, suppliers and the office in more places across Australia.
    "Customers can access up-to-date information on the Internet, use email
and transfer files quickly and simply with the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem on
Telstra's Next G(TM) network - Australia's largest and fastest mobile
broadband network.
    "The Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem, rated at 7.2Mbps downlink and 1.9Mbps
uplink(*), was designed to take advantage of the network speeds and will appeal
to users who need to connect quickly and work productively while away from the
office," Ms Shiff said.
    "Importantly, the device is upgradable to take advantage of faster
network upload speeds in coming months.
    "The device combines a small, sleek form factor with high coverage
performance allowing customers working in metro, regional and rural areas to
take advantage of the extensive Next G(TM) network footprint," she said.
    "We are pleased to work with Telstra again to deliver another mobile
broadband solution to Telstra customers," said Dan Schieler, senior vice
president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. "With on-board software
installation, the ability to store and transfer data, and a small, attractive
design, the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem and Telstra's Next G(TM) network empower
mobile data customers to make the most of their time and work productively
wherever they are."
    Telstra Product Management, Executive Director, Mr Ross Fielding, said
the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem offers 3G HSPA mobile broadband connectivity and
easy-to-use features in a stylish and compact USB device.
    "The Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem features a small, minimalist design that
slips easily into a pocket and provides users with a high-speed connection to
Telstra's Next G(TM) network.
    "To make the out-of-the-box experience as simple as possible, the device
is preloaded with Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM) software, which installs
directly from the modem when inserted into the USB port for the first time.
    "Other user-friendly features include a microSD expansion slot to provide
easy data transfer and storage on-the-go, a 1GB microSD card, and an external
antenna which we recommend our customers use to optimise the performance of
the Next G(TM) network," Mr Fielding said.
    The Telstra Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem has a recommended retail price of
$439 and is available on a range of plans from $149 on a $59 per month plan.
It is available through Telstra Shops and dealers from today, online at, or by calling 1800 BUSINESS.

    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

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

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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
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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:; Martin Barr, Telstra, Tel: 0418
101 127, Email:

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