LTE Products by Sierra Wireless

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2011-04-29 Print this article Print


LTE Products by Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless set out to provide products that could deliver solid LTE and legacy performance right out of the box. Plus, they had to get products out in time to match the dates of the early announcements by the various wireless operators. Sierra Wireless has announced two LTE wireless products for the United States and Canadian markets: the AirCard 754S mobile hotspot and AirCard 320 USB modem.

The AirCard 754S hotspot enables users to share a single broadband connection and extend mobile Internet access for up to five WiFi-enabled devices. The AirCard 754S supports LTE and 3G (HSPA+) and will operate in most regions of the world.

The AirCard 320U is Sierra Wireless' first in a family of USB modems for LTE networks, offering download speeds of up to 100M bps and upload speeds up to 50M bps. In addition to LTE, the AirCard 320U supports DC-HSPA+, earlier versions of HSPA+ and its predecessors, UMTS, GSM, and GPRS.

One of the requirements for supporting enterprise notebooks is to provide modems for embedded use (as per the PCI Express Mini Card standard). Sierra Wireless provides embedded modules for LTE as well: the AirPrime MC7700, MC7710 and MC7750. These modules are embedded in notebooks using the Mini-PCI slot that's located underneath the notebook and keyboard.

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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