Nortel and Sierra Wireless complete initial series of live test calls using HSDPA

February 3, 2005

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CHATEAUFORT, France -- Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Sierra Wireless [NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW] are collaborating to jointly test and market solutions using High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), an emerging broadband wireless technology. The companies have completed an initial series of live test calls, including the industry's first using a data card product slated for commercial release.

The companies completed the live test calls using Sierra Wireless AirCardR 850 wireless wide area network cards and commercial UMTS network equipment from Nortel. The calls were made from a laptop computer in a moving automobile with connection speeds averaging 800 kilobits per second (with peak data rates in excess of 1 megabit per second). Broadband services demonstrated included high-resolution interactive gaming, multimedia music tracks, DVD-quality film and video, 'push-to-watch' services and access to large e-mail attachments - at speeds more than three times faster than today's commercial next generation networks.

"A tested, interoperable HSDPA solution allows network operators to upgrade their networks to support true broadband speeds with confidence," said Jason Cohenour, chief operating officer, Sierra Wireless. "Sierra Wireless is committed to providing our customers with the most advanced 3G solutions in the industry, and we are pleased to work with Nortel to test and refine our HSDPA products to offer the best possible customer experience."

"Nortel has established a legacy in innovation and will continue to push the envelope in delivering faster and more efficient wireless capabilities with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless," said Peter MacKinnon, president, GSM/UMTS, Nortel. "Broadband technologies like HSDPA enable operators to squeeze the most out of their existing Nortel UMTS infrastructure investments while dramatically enhancing the end user experience."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

Sierra Wireless Inc.

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