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Novatel Wireless Readies ONE Austria for Entry into the HSDPA Market; ONE offers Novatel Wireless' Merlin U740 PC Cards

VIENNA, Austria & SAN DIEGO, Jun 14, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today announced it is supporting ONE, currently a UMTS mobile operator in Austria, in the launch of its HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) network. Novatel Wireless will provide ONE customers with its Merlin(TM) U740 PC Cards for fast, reliable connectivity on the carrier's wireless network.

The PC Card provides seamless, broadband access to ONE's business and consumer subscribers throughout Austria, with record 3G broadband speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. The solution allows users on-the-go to remain connected to their corporate networks, co-workers and family members while traveling or working remotely. The flexible architecture of the Merlin U740 also allows for backward compatibility to UMTS and GPRS networks, where HSDPA is not available.

"We needed a leading wireless broadband partner with cutting-edge products to ensure that our initial HSDPA launch is handled well and our customers have the best user experience," said Michael Fried, CCO at ONE. "The decision to use Novatel Wireless' solution was an easy one, as the Merlin U740 proved to be the most reliable HSDPA card for our network."

"We are pleased to be working with ONE as they launch their HSDPA network," said Peter Leparulo, CEO at Novatel Wireless, Inc. "The Merlin U740 PC Cards will provide ONE subscribers with the convenience of reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity throughout the ONE network."

Novatel Wireless has the broadest HSDPA data product portfolio in the industry, including PC Cards, Mini PCI modules, Express Cards and Ovation consoles. The diversified product portfolio addresses the mobile enterprise, embedded laptop and fixed mobile convergence markets. Novatel Wireless was first to commercialize UMTS PC cards both in Europe and North America. Its Merlin PC Data Cards are currently available from 25 operators in 26 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.


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 W CDMA (HSDPA & UMTS), CDMA and GSM technologies. Novatel Wireless' Merlin(TM) PC Cards, Expedite(R) Embedded Modules, MobiLink(TM) Communications Software Suite, Ovation(TM) 3G Multimedia Application Consoles 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 visit (NVTLG)

(C) 2006 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless logo, Merlin, Merlin U630, Expedite, Freedom Box, MobiLink, Ovation, and Conversa are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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.

About ONE Austria

In October 1998, the communications company ONE (ONE GmbH) launched Austria's only nationwide GSM-1800 mobile telephony network. At the end of March 2006, ONE had about 900 employees and roughly 1.9 million network customers. ONE has placed its focus on quality, innovative products and services. ONE is the only mobile telephony operator in Austria to offer the first real cost control service for private post-paid customers as well as in the business sector with the private mobile branch exchange, which forms a more flexible and inexpensive alternative to the fixed line. Since 2004 ONE has been focusing on music and is the pioneer when it comes to downloading musical pieces in full length at With LoungeFM ONE presents the first mobile digital radio worldwide exclusively for UMTS-enabled handsets. ONE has a population coverage of 98%. The 100% subsidiaries yesss! and ONE Bank GmbH form part of ONE. Moreover, ONE has a 16.67 % stake in the paybox Austria GmbH and a 25.1 % stake in the eety -Telecommunications GmbH . In 2005 the mobile telephony turnover amounted to EUR 627 million. By the end of 2005, the company had invested a total of app. EUR 1.88 billion. ONE is owned by the German E.ON (50.10%), the Norwegian Telenor (17.45%), the French Orange (17.45%) and the Danish TDC (15%).

SOURCE: Novatel Wireless, Inc.

For Novatel Wireless, Inc.
Aida Causevic / Noah Dye, 619-516-2559 / 619-708-7413
[email protected]

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