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Sierra Wireless and M2M Connectivity team up to support OEM customers in Australia and NZ

  • 30 November, 2006 11:06

<p>Vancouver, Canada and Melbourne, Australia - November 30, 2006 – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and M2M Connectivity, a specialist wireless module distributor for machine-to-machine (M2M) products and applications, today announced they have signed an agreement for the distribution of Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules in Australia and New Zealand. Under the terms of the agreement, M2M Connectivity will distribute and offer integration and certification support for the full line of Sierra Wireless embedded modules to OEM customers in the region.</p>
<p>M2M Connectivity supplies wireless modules, modems, and value added services to the wireless developer community in Australia and New Zealand and works across wireless technologies including cellular, short range, and satellite. The addition of Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules adds a new form factor for the developer community as well as early access to 3G/HSDPA hardware to develop new M2M applications requiring higher bandwidth.</p>
<p>“M2M Connectivity believes this partnership with Sierra Wireless will further strengthen our position as the leading specialist M2M wireless distributor in the region. The Sierra Wireless PCI Express modules for 3G/HSDPA are world leading and will be a key factor in this market to assist developers building new applications designed to take advantage of 3G/HSDPA” said Darren Moroney, General Manager, M2M Connectivity.</p>
<p>“Sierra Wireless is committed to providing OEM customers with high quality products and the support they need for integration and carrier certification,” said Jin Pak, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales for Sierra Wireless. “Our collaboration with M2M Connectivity enables us to offer customers in Australia and New Zealand the ability to integrate Sierra Wireless 3G connectivity, with strong local support to assist them in getting their products to market quickly.”</p>
<p>AirCard Enabled™
Sierra Wireless has over 12 years of experience in delivering industry leading WWAN products. The company produces a full line of PCI Express Mini Card modules for both CDMA and GSM network technology streams, in data-only and voice-enabled variants. OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI Express Mini Card products along with best-in-class technical and integration support, so end customers experience the same reliable, robust AirCard Enabled™ data solution users have come to expect from the AirCard® line of PC card products.</p>
<p>Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules include a common comprehensive WHQL-certified USB software driver architecture that provides superior power management, a dedicated diagnostic channel and the ability to enable or disable NDIS or DUN support, which provides maximum flexibility to OEM customers when designing their wireless product. To simplify and expedite product development cycles, Sierra Wireless also provides OEM customers with a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) or Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher™ software for easy connection management.</p>
<p>Each module is PCI Express Mini Card form factor compliant, fully shielded and offers an operating temperature range of -30 to +60 degrees Celsius to suit all applications. Each module measures 51 x 30 x 4.5 mm, weighs in at less than 12 g, and complies with European Union directives on RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances).
Developers and integrators interested in purchasing Sierra Wireless embedded modules or borrowing Developer Kits from M2M Connectivity should contact Darren Moroney on +61-3-96963011 or by email to darren.moroney@m2mconnectivity.com.au.
For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded modules, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/oemmodules.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or e-mail sales@sierrawireless.com.</p>
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<p>About M2M Connectivity
M2M Connectivity is a specialist wireless module distributor focused on building the M2M business in Australia and New Zealand. M2M Connectivity differentiates from competitors by supporting its customers with high level technical and network support to help get applications to market quicker. We represent Wavecom, Kyocera, connectBlue and Axonn and Sierra Wireless in the M2M hardware space. For more information visit: www.m2mconnectivity.com.au.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Sierra Wireless 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.</p>

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