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August 04, 2011

Sierra Wireless' AirPrime 4G Modules Approved for AT&T and Verizon Wireless Networks

Sierra Wireless has said that its AirPrime MC7700 embedded wireless module has achieved technical approval for the AT&T 4G LTE network, and the Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7750 module has achieved technical approval for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

These approvals have cleared the way for shipments to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) building products with integrated 4G connectivity on either of the major U.S.-based LTE networks.

Dan Schieler, senior vice president and general manager for Mobile Computing at Sierra Wireless, said that the company recognizes that many of its OEM customers need to be able to provide their customers with options when it comes to network services.

“So we put major effort behind streamlining wireless integration for our customers, ensuring they have quick access to new technologies in reliable, pre-certified modules with a common interface,” Schieler said.

To OEMs, embedded modules -- that have achieved operator technical approval -- provide “greater confidence” that devices integrating the modules will pass network certification tests, as the majority of the test cases have already been completed. Also, this accelerates time-to-market and reduces network certification costs for OEMs.

Moreover, OEMs working with Sierra Wireless modules also have the opportunity to provide a choice of network services with their products -- as the AirPrime MC7700 and AirPrime MC7750 share a common hardware and software interface.

Schieler said that OEMs can design and develop once and apply the work across devices for both networks, allowing them to keep development costs under control while still offering their customers the choices they want.

With Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC77XX Series embedded wireless modules, OEMs can take advantage of the latest generation of high-speed mobile networks. Company officials said that this enables them to deliver up to 100 Mbps download speeds and 50 Mbps upload speeds, integrated GPS capabilities, and broad compatibility.

And thanks to the compatibility with existing 2G and 3G networks, users can stay connected whether they're in major cities, traveling across the country, or roaming internationally.

In addition to Windows, Sierra Wireless embedded modules also support Linux, and Android operating systems, enabling wireless integration in a wide variety of devices.

Plus, the AirPrime MC7750 module supports over-the-air device management (OTA-DM). This allows OEMs to include provisioning, servicing, and customization options to enhance the user experience.

Sierra Wireless is a provider of mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks.

Earlier last month, Sierra Wireless announced the supply of first devices for AT&T's 4G LTE network.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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