Sierra Wireless

Leaf Wireless (Pty) Ltd.

March 01, 2005 03:53 ET

Sierra Wireless to Deliver AirCard'R' 775 Wireless Network Cards to the South African Market





MARCH 1, 2005 - 03:53 ET

Sierra Wireless to Deliver AirCard'R' 775 Wireless
Network Cards to the South African Market

- March 1, 2005) - Sierra Wireless (TSX:SW)(NASDAQ:SWIR) and Leaf
Wireless (Pty) Ltd. -

Leaf Wireless to distribute AirCard 775 and AirCard 750 products in
South Africa and surrounding regions

Sierra Wireless (TSX:SW)(NASDAQ:SWIR) and Leaf Wireless (Pty) Ltd. today
announced an agreement to distribute the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 775
EDGE wireless wide area network card and the AirCard 750 GPRS/GSM
wireless wide area network card through Leaf Wireless in South Africa
and surrounding regions. The products are expected to be commercially
available in the region in the coming weeks.

"AirCard wireless network cards allow mobile professionals worldwide to
reliably connect to the information they need to work effectively from
wherever they might be," said Derek Evans, Sierra Wireless Vice
President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. "We
are pleased to work with Leaf Wireless to offer customers the
productivity benefits that Sierra Wireless AirCard wireless network
cards can provide."

Quinton Leigh, Managing Director of Leaf Wireless, stated: "There is a
huge base of potential mobile data users waiting for the right enabling
technology. The market for wireless data in South Africa is growing, and
combining our well-established mobile services and infrastructure with
the highly regarded AirCard line from an industry leader like Sierra
Wireless allows us to offer our customers some of the best solutions
available for mobile connectivity."

AirCard 775

About the size of a credit card, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775, a
quad-band, multi-slot Class 12 EDGE PC Card, is the newest addition to
Sierra Wireless' award-winning AirCard line of wireless network cards.
Ideal for mobile professionals who are heavy data users, the AirCard 775
allows users to transfer data at speeds averaging between 100 and 130
kbps (kilobits per second), with bursts up to 200 kbps. The quad-band
operation (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) also enables worldwide roaming on EDGE
and GSM/GPRS networks.

AirCard 750

The Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 is a tri-band wireless network card
operating on GSM/GPRS networks. It enables mobile customers using a
notebook computer or handheld device to wirelessly connect to the
Internet, email, and corporate applications with LAN-like connectivity
when away from the office. The GPRS multi-slot Class 12 capabilities
provide the highest GPRS throughput on the market today and superior
power management minimizes power consumption. A true Type II PC Card,
the AirCard 750 integrates into the Windows notebook or handheld device
and supports Windows 95 (OSR 2 and higher), 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me, XP,
PPC 2000, PPC 2002 and HPC2000.

To purchase the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 or AirCard 750 wireless
network cards from Leaf Wireless, please call +27 11 326 1844 or email

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 and 750
products, please visit To contact the
Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or e-mail

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About Leaf Wireless

Leaf Wireless, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a global
convergence technology company. The company currently develops and
maintains fully integrated end-to-end mobile solutions and services
which include context-based applications; platform design; hosting; and
mobile media content creation. Leaf Wireless is a company which leads
through innovation and it is with this that it is able to deliver
solutions which provide key customer retention strategies, excellent
return on investment - while at the same time enhancing the lives of the
client's extended customer community.

Founded in 1999, Leaf Wireless continues to deliver products, solutions
and strategies and its client base extends all vertical markets as well
as some of SA's most respected corporate, media and entertainment

The Leaf Wireless platform touches over one million people each and
every day.

About Sierra Wireless

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 Professional Phone, a
line of mobile phones with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for
mobile professionals. For more information about Sierra Wireless please

"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.

Forward Looking Statements

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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,
gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations,
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and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined
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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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