Telstra delivers small, sleek, super-fast USB Modem

Sydney (Australia) and Vancouver (Canada)-September 12, 2008

Telstra today announced the new small, sleek, super-fast Telstra Turbo 7+ USB Series Modem from Sierra Wireless is now available on the turbo-charged Next G™ network.

Telstra Business, Group Managing Director, Ms Deena Shiff, said the modem was ideal for mobile business professionals who want to stay connected to customers, suppliers and the office in more places across Australia.

“Customers can access up-to-date information on the Internet, use email and transfer files quickly and simply with the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem on Telstra’s Next G™ network – Australia’s largest and fastest mobile broadband network.

“The Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem, rated at 7.2Mbps downlink and 1.9Mbps uplink*, was designed to take advantage of the network speeds and will appeal to users who need to connect quickly and work productively while away from the office,” Ms Shiff said.

“Importantly, the device is upgradable to take advantage of faster network upload speeds in coming months.

“The device combines a small, sleek form factor with high coverage performance allowing customers working in metro, regional and rural areas to take advantage of the extensive Next G™ network footprint,” she said.

“We are pleased to work with Telstra again to deliver another mobile broadband solution to Telstra customers,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “With on-board software installation, the ability to store and transfer data, and a small, attractive design, the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem and Telstra’s Next G™ network empower mobile data customers to make the most of their time and work productively wherever they are.”

Telstra Product Management, Executive Director, Mr Ross Fielding, said the Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem offers 3G HSPA mobile broadband connectivity and easy-to-use features in a stylish and compact USB device.

“The Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem features a small, minimalist design that slips easily into a pocket and provides users with a high-speed connection to Telstra’s Next G™ network.

“To make the out-of-the-box experience as simple as possible, the device is preloaded with Sierra Wireless Watcher™ software, which installs directly from the modem when inserted into the USB port for the first time.

“Other user-friendly features include a microSD expansion slot to provide easy data transfer and storage on-the-go, a 1GB microSD card, and an external antenna which we recommend our customers use to optimise the performance of the Next G™ network,” Mr Fielding said.

The Telstra Turbo 7+ Series USB Modem has a recommended retail price of $439 and is available on a range of plans from $149 on a $59 per month plan. It is available through Telstra Shops and dealers from today, online at, or by calling 1800 BUSINESS.

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

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

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