Sierra Wireless Inc.

Sierra Wireless Expands HSDPA AirCard(R) PC Card line

    Vancouver, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - The AirCard 875 is the company's 15th product in the AirCard family  and offers true high-speed roaming on 3G networks worldwide

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today introduced the 15th product in the company's flagship AirCard(R) product line, the AirCard 875  wireless wide area network card for HSDPA networks. The AirCard(R) 875  offers increased data speeds and high-speed worldwide roaming, with tri- band HSDPA / UMTS and quad-band Class 12 EDGE / GPRS connectivity.  Commercial shipments of the card are expected to begin in the third quarter  of this year.

    "The AirCard 875 is the latest in a long line of high-quality AirCard  PC Card products, built on Sierra Wireless's 13 years of wireless product  development experience," said Trent Punnett, Senior Vice President of  Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. "We are committed  to continuing industry leadership in developing products for new network  technologies and providing the reliable, high-performing wireless devices  that our customers have come to expect from Sierra Wireless."

    According to the GSM Association, GSM-based networks (which include  GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA network technologies) have been deployed in 208  countries worldwide, with high-speed UMTS or HSDPA networks deployed in 50  countries. Compatible with all GSM frequencies used worldwide, the AirCard  875 offers true global connectivity to the best GSM-based network  technology available(1).

    The AirCard 875 is a Type II PC Card with a fixed antenna, supporting  peak theoretical data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps on HSDPA networks(2) and is  upgradeable to support future network upgrades providing peak data rates of  up to 7.2 Mbps(2). The AirCard 875 supports HSDPA and UMTS on the 2100,  1900, and 850 MHz frequency bands, plus EDGE and GPRS on the 1900, 1800,  900, and 850 MHz bands, allowing one card to operate at the best available  speed on wireless networks worldwide. In addition to the increased data  speed and worldwide roaming capability, the AirCard 875 offers several new advanced features:

@@start.t1@@      -    Receiver equalization enables reductions in signal interference and
            better throughput, which is particularly beneficial to customers in
            urban areas with high levels of signal noise;
      -    Simultaneous voice and data capabilities allow customers to use the
            card as a phone with a headset, without suspending access to email or
            online applications (available with future software upgrade, subject
            to network support);
      -    High-performance antenna in a rugged housing includes integrated
            status indicator lights and a new low profile design.@@end@@

    Sierra Wireless introduced its flagship AirCard product line in June  1997 with the AirCard 210 for CDPD networks. The AirCard 875 is the 15th  card to be introduced in the product line, which has also included the  AirCard 300 and AirCard 350 for CDPD networks; the AirCard 400 for the  Ricochet network; the AirCard 510, AirCard 550 and AirCard 555 for CDMA 1X  networks; the AirCard 710 and AirCard 750 for GSM/GPRS networks; the  AirCard 775 for EDGE networks; the AirCard 580 for EV-DO Release 0 networks ; the AirCard 860 and AirCard 850 for HSDPA networks; and the recently  announced AirCard 595 for EV-DO Revision A networks, expected in the third  quarter of this year.

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 please visit  http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/ac875.aspx. To contact the Sierra  Wireless Sales Desk, call +1-604-232-1488 or e-mail sales@sierrawireless.com.

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

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VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    About Sierra Wireless

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    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(R)  line of wireless PC cards, 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.

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

VANCOUVER, Canada, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --

    Forward Looking Statements

    This 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.

    (1) Subject to network availability and carrier roaming agreements.

    (2) Subject to network support.

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Contact:
For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone:
+1-(604)-232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com



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