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O2 introduces new Sierra Wireless USB Modem for wireless broadband in the United Kingdom

Press Release posted by Michelle Ruhfass on Thursday July 03, 2008.

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The Compass 885 USB Modem from Sierra Wireless now available in the UK on the O2 network

LONDON and VANCOUVER, July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- O2 and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(NASDAQ:-)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:SW) today announced the world's first commercial launch of the Sierra Wireless Compass(TM) 885 USB Modem on the O2 network in the UK. Designed for mobile professionals, laptop computer users and frequent travellers, the O2 Business USB modem has a smaller, more durable USB design with download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 2 Mbps. The O2 Business USB modem can be purchased through O2 direct, corporate and business sales channels and online at www.o2.co.uk.

The O2 Business USB modem packs user-friendly features into a small and familiar USB connection design. Designed to offer a flawless user experience, the modem includes TRU-Install(TM) automatic software installation to simplify setup, a microSD memory card slot to expand its functionality, and offers seamless high-speed wireless connectivity for both Mac and Windows notebook and desktop computers.

Enabling users to work at home, in the office or while travelling, the O2 Business USB modem features the ability to roam globally, with tri-band HSPA/UMTS support and quad-band GSM/EDGE support, ensuring compatibility with networks in many countries around the world. It also includes a connector for an external antenna, allowing users in remote areas or fringe network coverage to extend and strengthen their connection to the network.

"The Compass 885 USB modem is designed to satisfy the pace and needs of busy mobile professionals," said Jim Lahey, vice president, EMEA, for Sierra Wireless. "It offers ease of use, worldwide high-speed roaming for simple, reliable connectivity while travelling, with a small, minimalist design, and we're pleased to be able to deliver it first to O2 customers in the UK."

About O2
O2 is a leading communications company for consumers and businesses in the UK, with over 18.4 million mobile customers and over 130,000 fixed broadband customers as at 31 March 2008.

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(NASDAQ:-)(NASDAQ:TSX:)(NASDAQ:SW) modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.


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