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Sierra Wireless Adds the AirCard 555R

Sierra Wireless announced today the addition of the AirCard 555R, a wide area wireless PC Card with Random User Identity Module (RUIM) support to its award winning product line for the China market. Operating on CDMA 1X networks, the AirCard 555R will provide mobile professionals with wireless data access at speeds up to 153.6 kbps. The AirCard 555R will be distributed by Beijing Putian Taili Telecom, a leading reseller in China, and product availability is scheduled for the second quarter of 2004. Beijing Putian Taili Telecom will also distribute the Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 GSM/GPRS wide area network PC Card in China.

Putian Taili, headquartered in Beijing, has an established nationwide marketing and after sales network in over 100 cities, with 28 branches and 75 district sales offices, specializing in the marketing and service of mobile terminal products. With well-established distribution channels, Beijing Putian Taili will work with wireless network operators in China to distribute the AirCard product line.

“We continue to see strong growth and demand in the Asia-Pacific region for wireless data products and Sierra Wireless is committed to expanding our AirCard product portfolio in China,” said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President Global Sales for Sierra Wireless. “By working with Beijing Putian Taili Telecom, Sierra Wireless can offer its customers more ways to stay wirelessly connected, ensuring them complete access to information.”

“Our partnership with Sierra Wireless will enable us to meet customers’ increasing demands for reliable wireless data solutions,” said Sheng FuJun, Assistant President of Beijing Putian Taili Telecom. “Sierra Wireless has a reputation for quality and innovation and we want our customers to receive the best products the market has to offer.”

About the size of a credit card, the AirCard 555R PC Card, designed specifically for the China market, is a complete communications solution offering both wireless data and voice functionality. The removable RUIM chip offers customers the flexibility to transfer account information (stored on the RUIM chip) from device to device easily and efficiently. When inserted into a PC card slot, the AirCard 555R will allow mobile professionals the flexibility to work outside the office while using a notebook, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or other handheld device and receive reliable, high-speed, wireless access to email, data, corporate applications and the Internet.

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