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SIERRA TO LAUNCH WIRELESS WAN PC CARD IN ITALY

VANCOUVER - Sierra Wireless has signed an agreement with Onda Communication Spa to distribute an EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) wireless wide area network PC Card for use on the Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE Network. This commercial launch of the ONDA EDGE/GPRS N775 PC Card marks the worldwide premiere of Sierra Wireless’ EDGE product line.


The ONDA N775, manufactured by Sierra Wireless, is a third-generation (3G) quad-band wireless wide area network card operating on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, which allows for worldwide roaming on GSM, GPRS, and EDGE networks. It offers typical data speeds of between 100 and 130 kbps, with bursts of up to 216 kbps when used on EDGE networks up to three times the speed of a GPRS connection. The card is also compatible with existing GSM and GPRS networks, for widespread access in areas where an EDGE network is not available.
 “We are committed to providing our customers with industry leading wireless products to improve efficiencies, and developing products for faster wireless wide area networking technologies like EDGE is a key part of that commitment,” said Derek Evans, vice-president and managing director for Sierra Wireless, EMEA. “We are pleased to join forces with Onda Communication to deliver EDGE data services to mobile professionals in Italy.”
 The ONDA EDGE/GPRS N775 PC Card can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Windows-based notebook computers or handheld devices with a Type II PC Card slot. It is also field firmware upgradeable.