Leading Mobile Operator First in Asia to Offer Innovative MiFi Device
SINGAPORE & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a provider of wireless broadband access solutions and MobileOne (M1) a leading mobile operator based in Singapore and part of the Vodafone partner network, today announced that MiFi, Novatel Wireless’ tiny battery-powered Intelligent Mobile Hotspot that was keenly awaited by American consumers before its launch earlier this year, will debut in Asia at COMEX 2009 this Thursday.
M1 has partnered with Novatel Wireless to offer Singaporeans MiFi, the industry’s first ultra portable credit card-sized Intelligent Mobile Hotspot that allows users to create their own personal Wi-Fi hotspots, revolutionizing the way mobile broadband is used. M1, known for breaking new ground with numerous innovative broadband devices and services, is proud to be the first operator in Asia to offer this unprecedented connectivity solution.
The MiFi 2352 creates a Wi-Fi bubble that provides high speed Internet connectivity for up to five devices. Users can create their personal mobile hotspot wherever they go instead of having to search for a non-secure public access point. Users can be constantly connected to their Wi-Fi devices such as notebooks, gaming devices, printers and mobile phones while on the move, transforming the consumer broadband experience with access available nearly anywhere and anytime. For instance, users can download and print photos from their digital camera and laptop while simultaneously challenging friends to an online game, even while in a moving train or automobile.
“M1 took the lead in offering mobile broadband in Singapore,” said P. Subramaniam, M1’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are proud to be the first operator in Asia to offer MiFi. Together with our partner Novatel Wireless, we have introduced a brand new service innovation in the mobile broadband space. With the concept of hotspots now following the users, MiFi will influence and change the way mobile broadband is utilized.”
“With M1’s leading services and MiFi, M1’s customers will receive unprecedented functionality and access for their wireless devices,” said Rob Hadley, CMO for Novatel Wireless. “We are very pleased to partner with M1 the first operator in Asia to deliver the most advanced wireless data ecosystem available for our combined customers.”
Portability and ease of use are the two most celebrated features of the MiFi 2352. MiFi does not require any type of installation or previously installed software. Users simply need to turn on the unit to connect to Wi-Fi enabled handsets or devices. MiFi is powered by a built-in battery and does not require any external power source. When fully charged, it can support four hours of active use with downlink and uplink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and 5.76 Mbps respectively.
The MiFi 2352 will be available at M1 Shop from this Thursday. Consumers can also check it out at COMEX 2009. Pricing details will be announced at launch.
M1, Singapore's most exciting and innovative mobile and IDD service provider, was launched in April 1997. Since then, it has made significant inroads into the local mobile communications market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. M1 aims to be the leader in personal voice and data communications, focusing on value, quality and customer service. More information on M1 is available at www.m1.com.sg
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)
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