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Emerging and M2M Devices on Tap for 4G Speeds

AT&T Introduces New 4G Modules in the Mobile Broadband Accelerator Program. Successful 3G Access Program Extended to Include Latest Technology from Option, Sierra Wireless and Telit.

Dallas, Texas, December 14, 2011

AT&T* leadership in mobile broadband and 4G technology adoption, today is demonstrated through an expanding lineup of wireless modules for advanced Connected Devices.  The extended and renamed program includes faster network technology, additional form factors and equipment providers, offering next generation consumer electronics, embedded computing and machine-to-machine device makers access to a more efficient path to production.

Working with leading equipment makers Sierra Wireless, Telit, and Option, AT&T will expand the program to include HSPA+ and LTE technology in addition to modules designed for automotive and industrial applications.  Sierra Wireless will introduce several new modules, including the SL8080 and SL8090, designed for high-volume production lines, and the MC7700, the first 4G LTE module in the Mobile Broadband Accelerator Program.  Two new 4G HSPA+ modules, including the GTM601 LGA module, from Option and four new modules from Telit will be designed for consumer, automotive and industrial applications.  AT&T is expected to certify a total of 24 mobile broadband modules for the Mobile Broadband Accelerator Program.

“We are updating the name and substance of our successful 3G Access Program to include the latest 4G technology,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging device, resale and partnerships, AT&T.  “Our goal is to help companies get to market as affordably and quickly as possible, by providing cost efficient alternatives without sacrificing technology advances.”

Since forming a dedicated organization to focus on wirelessly connecting new categories of emerging devices in late 2008, AT&T has emerged as the clear industry leader in one of the wireless industry’s fastest growing areas.  Consumers and business customers rely on AT&T’s wireless network to access a range of new, innovative solutions to make their lives and workplaces more efficient and productive.

Device developers interested in learning more about the Mobile Broadband Accelerator program should visit www.att.com/edo.  For a list of AT&T certified modules ready for use on the AT&T network, including those in the MBA program, visit www.att.com/modules

About Option

Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacture of 3G HSPA and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option has established an impressive reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. The company also has Research & Development facilities in Belgium (Leuven) and Germany (Augsburg) and an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland (Cork). Option maintains offices in Europe, the US, Greater China, Japan and Australia. For more information please visit www.option.com.

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.  

About Telit

Telit Wireless Solutions, a subsidiary of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), is an internationally leading specialist in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Telit is the only company worldwide to offer communications modules for all of the various wireless technologies: it develops, produces and markets modules for GSM/GPRS, EDGE, UMTS/WEDGE/HSDPA, CDMA and Short-Range RF applications. M2M applications rationalize business processes by enabling machines, equipment and vehicles to communicate with each other via mobile networks.  For more information about Telit, visit www.telit.com.