Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 wireless wide area network card and MC8755 embedded module now available through Xacom Comunicaciones in Spain, France, and Portugal

Wireless wide area network card and embedded module provide access to the latest 3G data networks and enable international roaming.
Barcelona, Spain-February 13, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and Xacom Comunicaciones, an authorized Sierra Wireless distributor, today announced that the AirCard 850 HSDPA wide area wireless network card for HSDPA/UMTS networks is now available from Xacom to reseller and enterprise channels in Spain, France, and Portugal. In addition, Xacom will distribute the MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module to original equipment manufacturers in the region for machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile computingapplications.

The new AirCard 850 card and MC8755 embedded module deliver the latest in 3G wireless data technology for mobile computing. Out of the box, both products are fully functional on HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS networks.

“Sierra Wireless has led the market in launching commercial HSDPA solutions in Europe, and we are pleased to work with the company to deliver its 3G products to this region,” said Luis Santos, Managing Director for Xacom Comunicaciones. “We believe that customers looking for access to the fastest available 3G wireless data technology and the widest range of roaming options will find that Sierra Wireless 3G products more than meet their speed and performance expectations.”

“Sierra Wireless is committed to providing top quality wireless products for 3G networks in Europe,” said Jim Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. “The AirCard 850 and the MC8755 embedded module offer the best wireless wide area networking technology currently available, and we are pleased to work once again with Xacom to deliver these products to customers in this region.”

The AirCard 850 utilizes the 2100 MHz UMTS frequency band and offers average data rates of 500 to 800 kbps, with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps on an HSDPA network. Ideal for frequent travelers, the AirCard 850 enables international roaming on HSDPA and UMTS networks across Europe, and on all four EDGE and GPRS frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide. The AirCard 850 wireless WAN card is a Type II PC Card with a slim, unextended design, allowing users to conveniently store the unit inside the laptop.

The MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card module is built using the MSM6275™ Mobile Station Modem™ chipset from QUALCOMM and offers peak download speeds of 1.8 Mbps. The MC8755 operates on the 2100 MHz HSDPA UMTS frequency band and is designed for markets in Europe and Asia. MC8755 modules are also compatible with EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks on all four GSM frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz), for global roaming in areas where an HSDPA or UMTS network is not available. The MC8755 module measures 51 x 30 x 4.5 mm, weighs in at less than 12 g, and complies with new European Union directives on RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances).

To purchase the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 card or the MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module from Xacom Comunicaciones, please call +34 91 7544836 or email [email protected].

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850 HSDPA wireless wide area network card, please visit For more information about Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail [email protected].

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About Xacom Comunicaciones
Xacom Comunicaciones is a leading company in the field of communications since its initial vocation as telecommunications developer, manufacturer, and component, equipment and terminals distributor. Xacom accepted the challenge of the new telecommunications technology by creating an R & D centre that is promoting the launching and practical use of that technology: - GSM for Data, SMS Messages, Fax and Voice transmissions. - GPRS high-speed data, voice. - Bluetooth data and voice at personal environment. - DECT data and voice. For more information on Xacom Comunicaciones, visit their web site at

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications; and the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions. For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit

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