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Sierra Wireless provides world’s smallest global mobile broadband USB modem to SoftBank Mobile


The Sierra Wireless Compass™ 888 USB modem provides high-speed mobile broadband connectivity for notebook computers in an easy-to-use, compact design

VANCOUVER, CANADA and TOKYO, JAPAN – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIRTSX: SW) and SoftBank Mobile today announced that the new Sierra Wireless Compass™ 888 USB Modem will soon be available exclusively in Japan to SoftBank Mobile customers.

The Compass 888 is the first Sierra Wireless PC adapter to be available in Japan, with an expected launch date in December. Selling in Japan as the SoftBank C01SW USB modem, the Compass 888 will deliver high-speed wireless access to SoftBank Mobile’s 3G network for notebook computer users, providing a convenient, reliable connection for mobile professionals and consumers in an industry-leading small form factor.

With potential top download speeds of 7.2 Mbps on an HSPA network, users can access the Internet and collect their email, even with large attachments like presentations or photos, quickly and easily over SoftBank Mobile’s high-speed mobile broadband network. The Compass 888 USB modem is backward compatible with UMTS, EDGE and GSM networks around the world, providing the freedom to roam.

“The Compass 888 is an industry-leading mobile broadband product – it’s the smallest global HSPA USB modem on the market today,” said Jin Pak, vice president of Sales, Asia Pacific for Sierra Wireless. “We are excited to work with SoftBank Mobile to offer the Compass 888 first to customers in Japan.”

Sierra Wireless Compass 888 USB Modem

* Provides tri-band HSPA/UMTS support (850, 1900, and 2100 MHz band), compatible with networks around the world, allowing international travelers to stay connected.
* Potential download speeds of 7.2 Mbps
* TRU-Install™ software installation technology steps first-time users through quick installation of the drivers and full software client directly from the modem, with no CD required.
* microSD™ slot allows for convenient transfer of photos and other information between your laptop and your phone or another computer.
* Convenient, flexible usage options, including a clip and an 18” USB cable that allow the modem to be clipped to your notebook display, and a lanyard that attaches to and holds the cap to prevent loss.
* TRU-Durability™, Sierra Wireless’s rugged hardware design, ensures the Compass 888 can deal with life on the road.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless Compass 888 USB Modem please visit . To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

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About SoftBank
Softbank was founded in 1981. In 1996, the Group made its full-fledged entry into the Internet industry by establishing “Yahoo! Japan.” In 2001, the Group entered into the broadband business, “Yahoo! BB,” very early and brought dramatic innovation to the Internet environment in Japan. The Group entered into the fixed-line telecommunications business in 2004 and into the mobile communications business as SBM in 2006. Through innovative pricing and attractive product strategies SBM achieved the No. 1 position in net additions for FY 2007 in the Japanese market (number of subscribers 18,952,800 as of the end of May 2008). The Softbank Group contains several hundred Internet related companies, including Japan’s No. 1 portal Yahoo! Japan, Alibaba, which has a dominant market share in the B2B/C2C business in China and has become the “No. 1 Internet Company in Asia.”

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIRTSX: 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

“Compass” and “TRU-Install” are registered trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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