Wavecom Announces Migration to lead-free Hardware Platforms

Issy-les-Moulineaux, France -April 20, 2005

Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext Eurolist: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066), a leader in pre-packaged wireless communications solutions for automotive, industrial machine-to-machine and mobile professional applications, today announced that it has begun to migrate its hardware platforms to reach lead-free levels in compliance with new European Union directives on RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances).  

Wavecom’s Product Marketing Director, Jamie Garroch commented on the announcement,  “In line with many global initiatives taking much-needed positive steps to protect our environment for future generations, Wavecom is pleased to be the first producer of industrial wireless equipment to reduce the lead content to environmentally safe levels in its entire range of hardware platforms.” 
The European Union directive 2002/95/EC, effective from July 1, 2006, sets limits for the use of certain restricted hazardous substances, including lead.  In anticipation of the implementation of this directive, Wavecom began to migrate all of its hardware platforms to reach lead-free levels.  The company estimates that the process should take about a year and expects all of its hardware platforms will be fully compliant with the EU directive well in advance of the effective date of July 1, 2006.

In March 2005, Wavecom announced the launch of its newest family of hardware platforms, the Quik Q26 series which have been designed from conception to be compliant with the new European Union directive on hazardous substances. 

About Wavecom
Wavecom is a worldwide leader in pre-packaged wireless communication solutions for automotive, industrial machine-to-machine and mobile professional applications. Wavecom's solutions include all the software and hardware elements that are necessary to develop truly innovative wireless devices, as well as the development tools and services needed to bring them to market quickly and easily.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered near Paris in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Wavecom has subsidiaries in Hong Kong (PRC), San Diego (USA), and Darmstadt (Germany). Wavecom is publicly traded on Euronext Paris (Eurolist) in France and on the NASDAQ (WVCM) exchange in the U.S.

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