Sierra Wireless (News - Alert) just got Sprint certification for its AirPrime MC7355 module, making it the first 4G LTE wireless module to be given the OK for use on the Sprint mobile network. The MC7355 is just one of many other modules produced by Sierra Wireless that utilize Sprint's (News - Alert) network, making up a portfolio from the company that also includes the AirPrime SL909x (using multimode 3G and EV-DO), the SL501x (EV-DO, strictly), and the SL301x (currently pending approval, utilizing CDMA 1x). Sierra Wireless' new module gives it a leg up in the LTE (News - Alert) realm.
Sierra Wireless' MC7355 module is a PCI Express Mini card that can deliver data at 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds, using networks like CDMA/EV-DO, HSPA+, and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. For those who'd like to put the card into their products for M2M communication, Sierra Wireless doesn't require them to use their own labs, drastically reducing their time to market.
Ben Vos, the general manager of M2M at Sprint, said, “As we continue to move forward with the rollout of our all-new network, a project known as Network Vision, the delivery of a world-class LTE network experience for our customers is paramount. Sierra Wireless modules have a proven track record with Sprint and we look forward to now offering our OEM customers 4G LTE speeds utilizing a preferred supplier that can streamline the certification process for Sprint's customers and help them better achieve their individual business goals.”
Dan Schieler, SVP of worldwide sales at Sierra Wireless, added, “It's rewarding to reach a new milestone in what has been a long collaboration with Sprint – one where both companies are committed to stay at the forefront of M2M and 4G LTE technology. The MC7355 will allow our customers to leverage Sprint's 4G speeds and as the first LTE module supplier, and utilizing our CTIA (News - Alert) authorized test facility, Sierra Wireless looks forward to continued collaboration that will directly benefit the operator's wireless M2M and PC OEM customers.”
Edited by Alisen Downey