Orange France selects Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 PC Card to provide access to new HSDPA network

AirCard 850 Mobile PC Card offers mobile professionals high-speed mobile data access that delivers on the promise of 3G networks.
Vancouver, Canada-September 18, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that Orange France has selected the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 Mobile PC Card for use on the company’s newly unveiled HSDPA network in France, called 3G+. The AirCard 850, combined with a notebook computer and connected to Orange France’s new HSDPA network, offers mobile professionals mobile broadband access to their email, the Internet, and online applications at average speeds of 1 megabit per second (Mbps) with bursts of up to 1.8 Mbps. The faster data speeds offered by HSDPA technology enable fast transfer of large files and multimedia applications such as streaming video. The AirCard 850 is available with Orange Business Everywhere service through the company’s business channels and online.

“Sierra Wireless is committed to providing Orange with proven, reliable wireless products to support the company’s HSDPA network deployment,” said Jim Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. “The availability of the AirCard 850 from Orange France delivers the benefits of truly mobile broadband access to professionals who rely on their ability to get the information they need, whenever and wherever they need it.”

The AirCard 850 is a 3G wireless WAN Type II PC Card with a slim, unextended design, allowing users to conveniently store the card inside the laptop with the antenna attached. Fully functional on HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS networks, the AirCard 850 utilizes the 2100 MHz UMTS frequency band common to European UMTS networks, offering average data rates of 1 Mbps, with bursts up to 1.8 Mbps on the Orange 3G+ network. In areas where HSDPA or UMTS network coverage is not available, these cards will connect to EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks and enable international roaming on all four frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide.

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Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) develops and markets reliable, high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard® line of wireless modems, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging the company’s expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing devices. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

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