Bouygues Telecom launches Sierra Wireless PC card in France
Mobile broadband card offers professionals continuous wireless access to vital information while traveling
November 22, 2006 - Vancouver, British Columbia and Paris – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and Bouygues Telecom today announced the launch of a new Sierra Wireless PC card on Bouygues’ network in France. The Bouygues Telecom “Carte Internet haut debit mobile,” also known as the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 wireless wide area network card, is available today through Bouygues retail locations, business sales channels, and online. Bouygues Telecom and Sierra Wireless previously collaborated to offer mobile data customers the AirCard 775 card for EDGE networks.
“Mobile data cards offer the opportunity to manage work more effectively while away from the office, and are increasingly valued by professionals as a tool that provides easy access to the information they need,” said Jim Lahey, Vice President, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. “We welcome the opportunity to continue to support Bouygues customers with high-quality, reliable connectivity wherever they need it.”
The AirCard 850 is manufactured by Sierra Wireless and is a 3G wireless WAN Type II PC Card with a slim design that allows users to conveniently store the card inside the laptop. Compatible with HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and GPRS networks, the card utilizes the 2100 MHz UMTS frequency band widely used in Europe, offering average data rates of 500 to 800 kbps, with bursts over 1 Mbps on HSDPA networks*. In areas where HSDPA or UMTS network coverage is not available, the card will connect to EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks and enable international roaming on all four frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide.
For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 850, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/ac850.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call 604-232-1488 or e-mail email@example.com.
* Subject to network support.
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About Bouygues Telecom
Bouygues Telecom’s aim is to become “the preferred brand of mobile services” and to continue to improve services for its 8,451,000 customers. Having introduced the talk plan in France in 1996, the company launched i-mode® in France in November 2002. The i-mode service drew 1,646,000 customers, including 300,000 with a broadband terminal. This new offer, available to over 91% of the French population through Bouygues Telecom’s national broadband Edge network, proved very successful. Bouygues Telecom also offers to business and professional customers a large rank of broadband data services.
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.
“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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