Telstra launches Sierra Wireless HSPA products in Australia

    Sierra Wireless AirCard(R) 880U USB modem and AirCard 880E ExpressCard
    now available for use with Telstra's Next G(TM) HSPA network

    VANCOUVER and SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and Telstra today announced that the Sierra Wireless
AirCard(R) 880U USB modem and the AirCard 880E ExpressCard are now
commercially available in Australia to provide high-speed mobile access to
Telstra's Next G(TM) HSPA network.
    With the Sierra Wireless AirCard 880U USB modem and AirCard 880E
ExpressCard operating on Telstra's Next G HSPA network, customers will be able
to send email attachments, upload information, and transmit data at peak
network speeds up to 1.9 megabits per second (Mbps) - significantly faster
than was possible with earlier network technologies. This improvement in
uplink speed, combined with peak network downlink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps,
allows for new applications such as web conferencing and live video, and
significantly improves the user experience for customers working over a
virtual private network.
    Telstra will market the Sierra Wireless AirCard 880E as the Telstra
Turbo 7 Series Express Card and BigPond Wireless Broadband 7.2 Mobile Card.
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 880U will be marketed as the Telstra Turbo 7
Series Modem and BigPond Wireless Broadband USB Mobile Card.
    Telstra's Next G(TM) network upgrade will also benefit customers
operating an AirCard 875 PC card, which can be upgraded to take advantage of
the increased downlink speed with a simple firmware update.
    "The move to HSPA technology offers great benefits for mobile data
customers, who will find that the significantly improved upload speed
available makes sending large email attachments, for example, to be much
faster," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra
Wireless. "Telstra has shown extraordinary market leadership in quickly
transitioning to new wireless technology, and we are pleased to support its
deployment of HSPA and to continue to improve the mobile broadband experience
for customers in Australia."
    Holly Kramer, Group Managing Director, Telstra Product Management said,
"Telstra is pleased to be partnering with Sierra Wireless to launch the first
7.2 data cards in the Australian market, bringing the benefits of the fastest
national mobile broadband network to 98.8 percent of the Australian
    The AirCard 880U USB modem and the AirCard 880E ExpressCard are fully
compatible with HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, and GSM network technologies on all
frequencies currently used worldwide. To ensure there is always enough power
support to handle peak or fringe area transmission requirements without
compromising performance, the AirCard 880U USB modem includes an internal
battery that supplements the power from the USB port when extra power is
    For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 880U USB modem,
please visit For more
information about the AirCard 880E ExpressCard, please see 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:; Telstra Media Contact: Peter
Taylor, Tel: + 61 2 8293 8446, Mbl: 0439 031 996

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