NETGEAR LAUNCHES FIRST 4G ADVANCED MOBILE HOTSPOT DEVICE IN AUSTRALIA
NETGEAR AirCard782S Mobile Hotspotis ideal for sharing Telstra’s 3G/4G LTE and the new blazing-fast Telstra 4G Advanced connection simultaneously with up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices
SAN JOSE, California—December 4, 2013 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR)(www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, has launched the NETGEAR AirCard® 782S Mobile Hotspot in Australia in conjunction with Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX: TLS), Australia's largest telecommunications company (www.telstra.com.au). The device will be sold under the brand names Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced or BigPondWiFi 4G Advanced (www.netgear.com/service-providers/products/mobile/mobile-hotspots/782s.aspx).
This is the world’s first dedicated mobile hotspot with LTE Advanced technology enabled by NETGEAR and the Qualcomm® Gobi™ 4G LTE Advanced modemfrom Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM).The AirCard 782S also has a companion Ethernet and Antenna Charging Cradle that provides Ethernet connectivity to significantly increase speeds and extend coverage, as well as boost antenna strength in fringe areas with low signal strength.
The NETGEAR AirCard 782S Mobile Hotspot is the first mobile broadband device to come to market in Australia that can utilize the 4G Advancedfrom Telstra. It also supports the latest Category 4 LTE and offers backwards compatibility with Telstra’s 3G coverage. Telstra is Australia’s largest mobile network withfour times the 4G coverage of any other network in Australia, enabling customers to experience fast mobile broadband across more places. Moreover, it is the first Mobile Hotspot device in Australia to include a data usage meter and integrates with Telstra’s 24/7 billing system.
“We are delighted to be a part of this launch by offering the first 4G Advanced-enabled mobile broadband device to run on Telstra’snetwork,” said Michael Clegg, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Business at NETGEAR.“We’re confident that the NETGEAR AirCard 782S will make it easier to connect and share onTelstra’s world-class networkso customers can experience fast web surfing and downloads, and smooth, high quality HD video streaming.”
The AirCard 782S is ahigh-performancedevice that supports up to 10 simultaneousWiFi connections, providing ample support for small offices, telecommuters, students, temporary work sites, seasonal homes, or a work team carrying multiple connected devices into the field or on a road trip. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, gaming consoles, and other WiFi-enabled devices can connect on-the-go to the AirCard 782S built-in 802.11n wireless access point and share a single mobile broadband connection.
“We are happy to be working with NETGEAR to bring our customers the AirCard 782S, Australia’s first mobile broadband device that is 4G Advanced-compatible,” said Andrew Volard, director of Device Managementfor Telstra. “Even when the connection is shared amongst 10 devices in a temporary work site or a remote rural location, we are confident our customers will enjoy a seamless experience of fast downloads and smooth streaming, with no-fuss installation and management.”
The NETGEAR AirCard 782S incorporates the Qualcomm® Gobi™ MDM 9225 chipset, the world’s first commercial chipset with 4G LTE Advanced technology. “LTE Advanced is a major enhancement to the 4G user experience and network efficiency,” said Sandeep Pandya, senior director, product management at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (www.qualcomm.com/technologies).“We are pleased to support NETGEAR and Telstra in this groundbreaking launch of the AirCard782S, based on Qualcomm Technologies’MDM 9225 and Qualcomm Atheros’ AR6004 chipsets, which combine the most advanced LTE with Wi-Fi in a mobile hotspot that connects up to 10 simultaneous users.”
IT managers love the NETGEAR AirCard 782S Mobile Hotspotas it reduces the time and money required to test, deploy, and support mobile broadband. It’s ideal for a business operating from a temporary site as managers can avoid the expense and delay of traditional fixed service connections. For the same reason, it’s suitable for use in a holiday home or workplace that does not require annual Internet service. The AirCard 782S isalso a great option for people located in areas where there is limited access to fixed infrastructure.
This sleek device features a color touchscreen and intuitive user interface, making it simpler than ever to monitor data usage, manage connection settings, and share the Internet. Setup of the NETGEAR AirCard 782S is accomplished in under a minute as there’s no software to install, and new devices are easily added to the network with the push of a button. It uses the latest wireless encryption technology and enables easy set-up of a guest WiFi network for a one-time access to the network connection. It also supports the most advanced mobile security protocols such as NAT Firewall and VPN pass-through.With a battery that lasts up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge, AirCard 782S can even offer a quick battery boost to smartphones via its micro-USB port.
The AirCard 782S provides the ultimate flexibility and performance with simultaneous dual-band WiFi support. While the 2.4GHz band can be extremely crowded with congestion and signal interference from WiFi networks at home, workplaces and public places, the 5GHz band is a much cleaner band with eight times more channels, resulting in much higher throughput speeds. Running on both bands concurrently, the AirCard 782S ensures both top speeds (5GHz) and greatest range (2.4GHz) while minimizing interference from nearby devices. The 5GHz band is also ideal for gaming or for uninterrupted streaming of HD content, as other WiFi devices may use the 2.4GHz band.
Accessories for the NETGEAR AirCard 782S
Ethernet and Antenna Charging Cradle: This latest charging cradle from NETGEAR is designed to enhance the capabilities of the AirCard 782SMobile Hotspot.Similar to a desktop cradle, the charging cradle easily charges the battery and boosts the 3G/4G signal in fringe areas by docking the AirCard 782S and taking advantage of the built-in MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-out) antennas. In addition, the cradle is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port for connectinga desktop computer, printer, network attached storage (NAS), media server, or any other Ethernet-enabled device.Beyond the built-in MIMO antennas, the cradle has two external antenna connectors to support additional antennas to further boost the range.
NETGEAR AirCard App: NETGEAR offers a complimentaryapp that enables the end-user to conveniently manage the AirCard 782SMobile Hotspotstatus, connection, and settings from an iOS or Android™ smartphone or tablet. The NETGEAR AirCard App is available for download on Apple iTunes®, Google Play™, and Amazon Appstore.
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR AirCard 782S Mobile Hotspotisavailable now through Telstra branded retail stores and online, under the brand namesBigPond and Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced.The BigPond WI-FI 4G Advanced is available for $48 upfront when taken with any BigPond Mobile Broadband Plan(minimum cost on a 1GB plan over 12 months is $528, data 4c/MB). The Telstra WI-FI 4G Advanced is available for $6 per month when taken with a $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Freedom Plan when you stay connected for 24 months (min cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB).It’s also available for $6 per month on a $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Business Plan when you stay connected for 24 months (min total cost $1,344, data 0.61c/MB).
The Ethernet and Antenna Charging Cradle will become available beginning inmid-December from antennashop.com.au and Telstra stores.
• Learn more about NETGEAR AirCard 782S Mobile Hotspot at www.netgear.com/service-providers/products/mobile/mobile-hotspots/782s.aspx.
• For more information on TelstraMobile Broadband service packages, visit www.telstra.com.au/broadband/mobile-broadband.
• Find out more details on the free NETGEAR AirCard App for iOS and Android devices at www.netgear.com/service-providers/products/mobile/mobile-hotspots/782s.aspx- tab-apps.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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**Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.
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