Two new Sierra Wireless devices make Canadian debut with TELUS wireless high speed upgrade

AirCard® 595U USB modem offers portable, versatile high-speed wireless network access; MP 595 GPS delivers reliable, vehicle mounted connection for law enforcement and field service customers
Vancouver, B.C.-May 31, 2007

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and TELUS today announced that two new wireless modems will soon be available in Canada. Providing mobile access to TELUS’ wireless high speed EVDO service and enhanced Rev A speeds, which are now available in Southern Ontario, Montreal and Winnipeg, the AirCard® 595U is a versatile device that connects through the computer’s USB port, while the MP 595 GPS is a rugged, vehicle mounted wireless modem designed for applications in emergency services, law enforcement, and field service. 

Like the AirCard 595 PC card, the AirCard 595U USB modem and the MP 595 GPS rugged modem offer fast, reliable mobile broadband-like access to data. Both devices are compatible with TELUS’ wireless high speed EVDO service Rev A upgrade, which offers typical upload speeds of 300 to 400 kilobits per second with maximum possible upload speeds of 1.8 megabits per second, for uploads that are on average seven times faster than previous EVDO service. The service also offers enhanced typical download speeds of approximately 450 to 800 kilobits per second to a maximum possible speed of 3.1 megabits per second.
Wireless high speed EVDO is available to two-thirds of Canadians. Today TELUS announced that it has upgraded its wireless high speed service in Southern Ontario, Montreal and Winnipeg to Rev A and will continue upgrading its national EVDO network to the enhanced speeds in the coming months. When travelling in the United States, clients can roam onto EVDO networks in 242 cities. Both devices will also be backward compatible to function with the 1X data network, which offers coverage to 94 per cent of Canadians, when outside wireless high speed coverage areas.

The stylish and compact AirCard 595U USB modem can be plugged directly into a USB port in either a notebook or a desktop computer, or can be connected through an included docking cradle. This offers an alternative for customers without PC card slots and allows them to move a single wireless data service between computers.

“Wireless high speed access really boils down to offering people flexibility in their work and their lives with fast reliable access to data when and where they need it, and the AirCard 595U USB modem and MP 595 embody that flexibility,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of Products and Services. “The Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U and MP 595 rugged modem enable customers with a variety of needs to take advantage of the benefits our EVDO network offers.”

Designed for use in the public safety, field service, and transportation industries, the Sierra Wireless MP 595 GPS rugged modem is vehicle mounted and enables fast, consistent wide area wireless data communications with headquarters and dispatchers. In addition, it can provide vehicle location information with an integrated, independent GPS receiver, increasing security for employees and enabling asset tracking. The durability and reliability of Sierra Wireless MP modems have made them the wireless modem of choice for public safety agencies since the product line was introduced in 1995.

“We’re pleased to work with TELUS to provide the latest technology to operate on its advanced wireless high speed service,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “Whether it’s the versatility of the AirCard 595U USB modem, the rugged reliability of the MP 595, or the tried-and-true AirCard 595 PC card they’re looking for, customers looking to stay in touch this summer without staying in the office have a variety of options to help them use the improved network to their best advantage.”

Pricing and Availability
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U USB modem will be available soon from TELUS retail locations across Canada for $99.99 on a three-year contract subject to promotional requirements, or $349.99 with no contract. Clients will be able to purchase the MP 595 GPS later this summer from Sierra Wireless or through TELUS’ enterprise sales team.

AirCard 595U USB Modem

  • Offers average download speeds of 450 to 800 kbps and average upload speeds of 300 to 400 kbps when operating in wireless high speed coverage areas upgraded to EVDO Rev A.
  • Includes an internal battery to ensure reliable performance.
  • Supports both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595U USB modem, please visit sierrawireless.com/product/ac595U.aspx or telusmobility.com.

Sierra Wireless MP 595 GPS
Sierra Wireless MP products are vehicle-mounted rugged wireless modems designed for use in the public safety, transportation, and field service industries. To ensure reliable performance in a variety of conditions, the Sierra Wireless MP 595 GPS rugged modem:

  • Operates in extreme temperatures (-30 C to +70 C);
  • Meets U.S. Military and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1455 specifications for vibration, shock, drop, rain, splash, sand, dust, humidity, and salt fog;
  • Supports serial, USB, and Ethernet1 host connections, offering customers a variety of installation and configuration choices, as well as compatibility with legacy systems;
  • Includes an integrated, independent 12-channel GPS (global positioning system) module for vehicle tracking;
  • Offers four digital and four analog input/output ports, allowing dispatchers to monitor additional information such as speed and airbag status, thereby providing additional security for employees and company assets;
  • Includes a three-year platinum warranty with technical support.

With MP Modem Manager software, available from Sierra Wireless, system administrators can control settings and upgrade firmware from a central location without taking units out of the field, avoiding costly downtime.

For more information about the MP 595 GPS rugged modem, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/mp595gps.aspx.

To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call 604-232-1488 or e-mail sales@sierrawireless.com.

1 Ethernet support to be offered as an over-the-air upgrade by mid-year

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless modems and software connect people all over the world with mobile broadband networks that keep them in touch, informed, and productive from wherever they need to be. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, machine-to-machine, and specialized vertical industry markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. With 2006 revenues of $221 million, Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada with additional offices in Carlsbad and Hayward, California; London; and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being Canada’s premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.