Wavecom Enables World’s First Wireless USB Modem by iWOW

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Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Hong Kong, PRC-April 09, 2002

Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext Nouveau Marché: 7306), a leading developer of digital wireless standard modules (WISMO™), and iWOW Connections Pte Ltd. today announced the introduction of the world’s first Universal Serial Bus (USB) compatible wireless modem, iTegno WM 1080A, enabled by Wavecom’s WISMO Quik.

The iTegno WM 1080A facilitates “anywhere, anytime” high-speed access to email, corporate data and internet. The iTegno is an ideal companion for the mobile professional with its compact and portable size, embedded antenna, low power consumption, and true plug and play USB feature. Powered by USB, the iTegno does not require battery charging and can be used on any laptop computer that supports MS Windows 98/Me/2000/XP.

With a full range of voice, data, fax and SMS options, WISMO Quik enables iTegno WM 1080A with General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), a high-speed packet data technology deployed on GSM mobile networks, to provide wireless and cost effective Internet connectivity at a real time data transmission rate of up to 43.2 kbps. The iTegno also allows software developers and system integrators to develop mobile applications and customized solutions for consumers and enterprises.

“We are very excited to feature WISMO Quik in the world’s first USB wireless modem,” said Jean-Charles Andreani, Managing Director of Wavecom Asia Pacific Limited. “As the mobile workforce has become an increasingly common phenomenon today, iWOW’s wireless modem, equipped with the USB interface, is certainly a brilliant creation.”

Lee Yao Chiang, CEO of iWOW Connections Pte Ltd. said, “Integrating WISMO Quik into the iTegno WM 1080A significantly reduces our time to market compared to other wireless solutions and further strengthens our leading position. We believe this successful partnership with Wavecom will allow us to roll out a series of exciting products in the near future.”

Dinkum Technology Pte Ltd., Wavecom’s distributor in Singapore since November 2000, has been supporting the Wavecom and iWOW partnership in this breakthrough development. Koh Boon Hwa, Executive Vice President - Business Development of Dinkum Technology Pte Ltd, said, “we are delighted to facilitate this partnership and observe the achievement of this major milestone.”

The iTegno WM 1080A wireless modem has been certified with Type Examination approval and is available now for quantity orders.

About iWOW:

iWOW (internet and the World of Wireless) Connections Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based company, provides wireless communication solutions. The company develops and markets products that enable wireless communication to empower people. The company also provides turnkey solutions, such as mobile applications, that integrate business operations.

iWOW Connections is an ODM dedicated to exploit and invest in existing GSM/GPRS technologies and the emerging 3G technology. The company employs state-of-the-art equipment in its research and development of wireless communication products and solutions. Our specialization in RF, antenna engineering, base-band design, firmware design, encryption and data compression techniques enable us to deliver mobile solutions to the masses.