Novatel Ovation MC998D HSPA+ USB modem launches

Oct 8, 2009
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Last we saw of Novatel Wireless' HSPA+ modem strategy was the MC996D clearing the FCC earlier this week; now the company has officially announced the Ovation MC998D, a triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100 MHz) USB dongle that promises up to 21.6Mbps downlink rates and 5.76Mbps uplinks, network depending.  Meanwhile there's also a microSD card slot and integrated MIMO+ antenna array.

The Ovation MC998D is also backward compatible with HSPA networks, and future firmware updates will unlock up to 28.8Mbps downlink rates, assuming the networks catch up.  Novatel's MobiLink 3 auto install connection manager is preloaded on the dongle itself for easy use.  No word on when we might see it on sale, though, nor if Novatel have managed to tempt any of the carriers with the MC998D.

Press Release:

Novatel Wireless Introduces Innovative Ovation MC998D Next Generation HSPA+ High-Speed USB Mobile Broadband Product

SAN DIEGO, Oct 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Novatel Wireless, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions,today announced its industry-leading Ovation MC998D HSPA+ product.

The Ovation MC998D supports the 850,1900 and 2100 MHz frequency bands and is designed to provide connectivity virtually anywhere to check email, download rich multimedia content and stay connected to family, friends and coworkers. The Ovation MC998D offers unprecedented speed in Novatel Wireless' compact form factor design and comes equipped with "multiple input multiple output" (MIMO+) and diversity antenna technologies to maximize data throughput and operating range. Featuring Novatel Wireless' MobiLink 3 auto install connection manager, memory storage of up to 16GB via MicroSDHC and backward compatibility with HSPA technologies, the Ovation MC998D provides a total solution for mobile broadband connectivity.

"The addition of the Ovation MC998D to our previously announced family of HSPA+ products underscores our commitment to ensuring our customers' needs are met on schedule as they upgrade to the latest technologies available," said Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless. "Our complete HSPA+ product line represents our efforts to continuously innovate to provide the fastest and most reliable wireless data devices for our customers and their customers."

HSPA+ is the next evolution of high-speed packet access (HSPA) wireless broadband technology with greater capacity for data throughput compared to current 3G networks. With peak data speeds of up to 21.6 Mbps on the downlink and 5.76 Mbps on the uplink, as well as the ability to achieve up to 28.8 Mbps downlink speeds with future firmware updates, the MC998D design delivers significant performance enhancements over previous broadband technologies.

ABOUT NOVATEL WIRELESS

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of innovative wireless broadband access solutions based on 3G and 4G WCDMA (HSPA & UMTS), CDMA and GSM technologies. Novatel Wireless' USB modems, embedded modules, Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products and software enable high-speed wireless Internet access on leading wireless data networks. The Company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit www.novatelwireless.com. (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 www.sec.gov) and other regulatory agencies.

(C) 2009 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless name, logo Ovation and Mobilink are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


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