Sierra Wireless, Inc.

Sierra Wireless, Inc.


February 01, 2005 08:00 ET

Nokia and Sierra Wireless Cooperate to Test and Market HSDPA Products





FEBRUARY 1, 2005 - 08:00 ET

Nokia and Sierra Wireless Cooperate to Test and Market
HSDPA Products

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 1, 2005) - Nokia and
Sierra Wireless, Inc. (TSX:SW)(NASDAQ:SWIR)

Leaders in wireless technology cooperate to offer operators streamlined
end-to-end HSDPA solution

Nokia and Sierra Wireless today announced their cooperation to develop
and promote an end-to-end High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA)
WCDMA (UMTS) solution. Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia's
Networks business group and Sierra Wireless will work together to
conduct early technical and market trials for their respective HSDPA
products - the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 850 and AirCard 860 wireless
wide area network cards, Nokia's HSDPA infrastructure equipment, and
related software - with the purpose of jointly marketing the HSDPA
solution to key global network operator customers.

"HSDPA products offer significant speed and efficiency benefits to both
network operators and end-users, making it a logical choice for Sierra
Wireless as we expand our product line into new wireless technologies,"
said Jason Cohenour, Chief Operating Officer for Sierra Wireless. "We
are pleased to work with Nokia to provide network operators with a fully
tested, end-to-end HSDPA solution, so they can offer the benefits of
HSDPA technology to their customers."

"We are very happy to cooperate with Sierra Wireless in our HSDPA
development program as they have an established reputation for producing
reliable, high-quality wireless data access devices," said Giuseppe
Donagemma, Vice President, Radio Networks, Nokia. "The combination of
Nokia's HSDPA Radio Access Network and Sierra Wireless AirCard wireless
network cards offers network operators a package they can roll out
seamlessly, and we are pleased to work with Sierra Wireless to provide
this alternative to our operator customers worldwide."

HSDPA is an upgrade to WCDMA (UMTS) systems that offers end users
significantly faster download speeds - up to 1.8 Mbps in the first
phase, versus 384 kbps on standard WCDMA systems. Operators upgrading
their networks with an HSDPA solution can take advantage of improved
data rates and throughput, enhancing the efficiency of the network to
support a higher number of users at a lower cost per user. Network
operator customers with Nokia's WCDMA solutions will be able to
implement HSDPA with simple upgrades to their current RAN platforms.

The AirCard 850 and AirCard 860 wireless wide area network cards are the
latest additions to Sierra Wireless' award-winning AirCard product line.
The AirCard 850 utilizes the 2100 MHz WCDMA frequency band and is
targeted primarily for use in Europe; while the AirCard 860 operates on
the 850 and 1900 MHz WCDMA frequency bands and is designed for North
American users. Both cards will also be compatible with EDGE and
GSM/GPRS networks on all four GSM frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and
1900 MHz), for worldwide use in areas where a WCDMA (UMTS) network is
not available. The AirCard 850 and AirCard 860 wireless network cards
are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2005.

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and
sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people
to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use
and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for
imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment,
solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless
solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and
lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the
industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded
modules for OEM wireless applications; the MP line of rugged
vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions; and Voq, a line of mobile phones
with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for mobile professionals.
For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit

"AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. "Voq
Professional Phone" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless, Inc. Other
product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
respective owners.

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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,
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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.


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