Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today unveiled its newest family of AirCard® mobile hotspots for 4G LTE networks. Following on the success of the AirCard 754S, the new AirCard 760S, AirCard 762S, and AirCard 763S offer several feature enhancements, including an improved user interface, longer battery life, and expanded frequency band support across the product family, providing variants compatible with most common frequency band combinations around the world. The new mobile hotspots are expected to launch in select markets in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe over the next couple of months. “Our new generation of AirCard mobile hotspots has been built to make the user experience even better,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Mobile Computing for Sierra Wireless. “We listened to customer feedback and have incorporated new and improved features to make our hotspots even easier to use and the fastest way to keep all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected while on the move. We are looking forward to several network launches for these devices in the coming months.” The AirCard 76xS mobile hotspot product family supports up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections (1), providing ample support for a work team or family carrying multiple connected devices on a road trip. On a 4G LTE network it provides sufficient bandwidth to handle demanding applications like online gaming and streaming media. Setup is quick and easy – there is no software to install, and device settings can be easily managed through a web browser. Once setup is complete, users can also connect devices with the push of a button – the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button can securely connect a device without requiring a keyboard or large screen. Enhancing the user experience Sierra Wireless AirCard mobile hotspots are known for their informative and user-friendly display screens, which provide all the device information needed to connect and monitor the hotspot network connection and battery life. The new AirCard 76xS product family expands this user interface with the addition of a navigation button that scrolls through additional screens, providing access to messages and alerts, firmware status, and more detailed device information directly from the device itself without logging in to the web interface. This saves users time and makes it easier to use the hotspot with devices that may not have a standard web browser, such as Wi-Fi-enabled cameras or mobile gaming devices.
High-bandwidth often requires high power. The new AirCard 76xS product family comes standard with a 2000 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery, expected to improve battery life by approximately 30% (3). For heavy users, an extended battery (3600 mAh) will be available as an accessory purchase.Other accessories available with the AirCard 76xS product family include a desktop charging cradle, an external MIMO antenna, and the AirCard Hub. The AirCard Hub, new from Sierra Wireless and sold separately, turns a mobile hotspot into a small office or residential gateway. It allows users to create a network at home or in the office, connecting up to 20 devices at once, between Wi-Fi and Ethernet, to utilize the 4G LTE connection. The external MIMO antenna, also sold separately, offers an extra reception boost for users in areas with lower 4G LTE signal strength. Launching on select networks worldwide 4G LTE networks are rolling out around the world, but vary widely by region in the frequency bands utilized. The AirCard 76xS mobile hotspot product family offers three variants, each with different frequency band combinations, offering nearly global coverage across the product line. The AirCard 760S will be launched with Telstra in Australia and with NTT DOCOMO MVNO under the brand Netindex in Japan. The AirCard 762S is expected to launch with a mobile network operator in Scandinavia. The AirCard 763S will be launched on the Rogers LTE network in Canada. Exact timing of commercial availability varies by network, but is expected over the next couple of months. Mobile World Congress 2012 Sierra Wireless will showcase the AirCard 760S and the AirCard Hub Mobile World Congress, which opens today and runs through to March 1 in Barcelona. Find us on The Avenue in AV-44. Please visit the Sierra Wireless website for more information about the AirCard 760S, AirCard 762S, and AirCard 763S mobile hotspots. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/sales. (1) Number of permitted connected devices may vary by network operator.(2) These are theoretical maximums. Average speeds will be lower and will vary according to network conditions.(3) Battery life can vary depending on usage and network conditions. Values provided are approximations.
Note to editors:To view and download images of Sierra Wireless products, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/newsroom/productimages.aspx. About Sierra Wireless Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more information about Sierra Wireless, 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. 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.