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Press release from CNW Group

Sierra Wireless first to offer certified 4G modules on both major U.S. LTE networks

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sierra Wireless first to offer certified 4G modules on both major U.S. LTE networks08:00 EDT Tuesday, August 02, 2011Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ MC7700 and AirPrime MC7750 embedded wireless modules granted technical approvals on major U.S. 4G LTE networks, providing OEMs a choice of network services while streamlining development effortsVANCOUVER, Aug. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that the company has achieved an important milestone in its 4G LTE product development programs. The Sierra Wireless AirPrime™ MC7700 embedded wireless module has achieved technical approval for the AT&T 4G LTE network, and the Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7750 module has achieved technical approval for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, clearing the way for shipments to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) building products with integrated 4G connectivity on either of the major U.S.-based LTE networks.Embedded modules that have achieved operator technical approval provide OEMs with greater confidence that devices integrating the modules will pass network certification tests, as the majority of the test cases have already been completed. This also accelerates time-to-market and reduces network certification costs for OEMs. OEMs working with Sierra Wireless modules also now have the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively provide a choice of network services with their products, as the AirPrime MC7700 and AirPrime MC7750 share a common hardware and software interface."We recognize that many of our OEM customers need to be able to provide their customers with options when it comes to network services," said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Computing for Sierra Wireless. "So we put major effort behind streamlining wireless integration for our customers, ensuring they have quick access to new technologies in reliable, pre-certified modules with a common interface. OEMs can design and develop once and apply the work across devices for both networks, allowing them to keep development costs under control while still offering their customers the choices they want."Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC77XX Series embedded wireless modules allow OEMs to take advantage of the latest generation of high-speed mobile networks, delivering up to 100 Mbps download speeds and 50 Mbps upload speeds, integrated GPS capabilities, and broad compatibility. Compatibility with existing 2G and 3G networks ensures users stay connected whether they're in major cities, traveling across the country, or roaming internationally. Sierra Wireless embedded modules support Windows, Linux, and Android operating systems to enable wireless integration in a wide variety of devices. The AirPrime MC7750 module also supports over-the-air device management (OTA-DM), allowing OEMs to include provisioning, servicing, and customization options to enhance the user experience.OEMs are already using these new capabilities to incorporate high-speed wireless connectivity into a variety of upcoming devices, including notebook, netbook, and tablet computers; connected consumer electronics products such as personal navigation devices; and home or enterprise-class routers.For more information about Sierra Wireless AirPrime embedded wireless modules for LTE networks, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/productsandservices/AirPrime/Wireless_Modules/High-speed.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.Note to editors: To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/newsroom/productimages.aspx.About Sierra WirelessSierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market.  For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com."AirPrime" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.For further information: Sharlene Myers Sierra Wireless Phone: +1 (604) 232 1445 smyers@sierrawireless.com