Telecom New Zealand launches Sierra Wireless AirCard® 595 PC card

Latest Sierra Wireless PC card modem supports deployment of EV-DO Revision A network, offering mobile data customers faster file uploads on the go.
Vancouver, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand -December 10, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and Telecom New Zealand today announced the launch of the AirCard® 595 wireless wide area PC card in New Zealand, the first device to deliver Telecom’s upgraded Mobile Broadband Rev A network. The AirCard 595 is the second Sierra Wireless product offered by Telecom New Zealand (following the AirCard 580 EV-DO Release 0 PC card) and this is the first launch of the card outside the United States.

Telecom New Zealand is launching the first part of the Mobile Broadband Rev A upgrade in Auckland on December 12, and will upgrade all Mobile Broadband coverage throughout New Zealand to Revision A by December 2007. 

“The combination of the AirCard 595 and EV-DO Revision A represents a significant improvement for mobile data customers, particularly for those who generate or remotely access large files like presentations, video and photos that need to be shared from the field,” said Jin Pak, Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific for Sierra Wireless. “Telecom New Zealand is leading the industry in upgrading to Mobile Broadband Rev A ahead of many of its CDMA network peers, and we are pleased to collaborate with them in being among the first in the world to offer its benefits to customers.”

The AirCard 595 is a Type II PCMCIA card that offers average download speeds of 800 kbps and average upload speeds of 300 kbps, operating over Mobile Broadband Rev A. The AirCard 595 will also seamlessly connect to Mobile Broadband Rev 0 and Telecom’s nationwide mobile data network when outside Rev A coverage. The fixed, robust antenna is designed for superior performance, delivering better coverage in fringe areas and improved notebook battery life.

To purchase the AirCard 595 from Telecom New Zealand go to www.telecom.co.nz/mobilebroadband.
 
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For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 wireless wide area PC card for EV-DO Revision A networks, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/product/ac595.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.

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About Sierra Wireless

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 www.sierrawireless.com.

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