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Novatel Wireless Introduces New Family of HSDPA/HSUPA Products and Accessories

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 13, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today introduced new, next-generation offerings in its high-speed download packet access/high-speed upload packet access (HSDPA/HSUPA) family of mobile broadband access products. The family of products includes the Merlin(TM) X950D ExpressCard(TM), the Ovation(TM) MC870D HSDPA USB Modem, the Expedite(R) EU870D embedded modules and the XUA-1 ExpressCard to USB Adapter.

"Introducing new technologies like HSUPA, as well as diversity, equalization and GPS, simplifying installation and designing new form factors for ease-of-use, highly differentiates Novatel Wireless as a company that is tracking the evolving needs of users, OEMs and network operators, and mapping product innovation to those requirements," said Brad Weinert, acting CEO and COO of Novatel Wireless. "We will continue to deliver innovative products to the market that support our operators' and OEMs' increasing requirements, while continuing to offer added value by developing software solutions that take our devices to a new level of functionality for the user."

The Merlin X950D ExpressCard is a next-generation global, tri-band HSUPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS wireless modem. The card can be used in both ExpressCard/34 and 54 slots as well as with Novatel Wireless adapters in PCMCIA and USB slots. Unique to the Merlin X950D, full 2.1 Mbps HSUPA and HSDPA 7.2 Mbps is now a reality. A firmware upgrade will be available to deliver the full 2.1 Mbps HSUPA performance. Mobile users, worldwide, can now enjoy full 3.5G capability in their wireless computing devices as well as utilize the GPS capability offered in the ExpressCard.

The Ovation MC870D is a pocket-sized, HSDPA USB modem that delivers mobile broadband access with download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. Available as an alternative to a PC card or ExpressCard, this modem connects to a USB slot allowing use in either laptop or desktop PCs. This product also includes the diversity and equalizer advanced receiver technology and is optimized for use in Europe with diversity on the 2100 MHz band.

The embedded modules, Expedite EU870D, optimized for Europe, and Expedite EU860D, optimized for North America, can be integrated into laptops and other devices for 3G mobile data applications. These modules offer diversity, equalizer and both operate globally on 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands on HSDPA and UMTS networks. Users will now be able to enjoy the maximum performance possible, regardless of radio conditions or movement in and out of buildings due to the inclusion of the diversity and equalizer advanced receiver technologies. Network operators will also derive benefit from lowered demands on their network while delivering higher throughput performance and increasing network capacity.

"By incorporating greater mobility, faster connectivity, location-based services, increased ease-of-use and installation, and user-friendly design into these new products, we are delivering a new level of mobile data connectivity. OEMs, operators and users alike benefit from access to products that take full advantage of current wireless technologies and deliver faster access and improved network performance," said Peter Balchin, general manager EMEA, of Novatel Wireless.

To support the broadest possible use of the advantages of ExpressCards, the Novatel Wireless' Merlin XUA-1 allows customers that do not have ExpressCard slots to use the company's ExpressCards through the USB 2.0 ports on either their laptop or desktop PCs. The Y-cable design of the adapter delivers a boost for improved RF performance and delivers improved performance in fringe reception areas.


Novatel Wireless, Inc. is revolutionizing wireless communications. The company is a leader in the design and development of innovative wireless broadband access solutions based on 3G WCDMA (HSDPA & UMTS), CDMA and GSM technologies. Novatel Wireless' Merlin(TM) PC Cards and ExpressCards, Expedite(R) Embedded Modules, MobiLink(TM) Communications Software Suite, Ovation(TM) Fixed Mobile Convergence Products and Conversa(TM) Software Suite enable high-speed wireless access. The company delivers innovative 3G solutions to operators, distributors and vertical markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit (NVTLG)

This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended to date. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, new product introductions, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available at and other regulatory agencies.

(C) 2007 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless logo, Merlin, Expedite, MobiLink, Ovation and Conversa are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Novatel Wireless, Inc.

Townsend Inc. for Novatel Wireless, Inc.
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