Novatel Wireless Provides PTC with Newest HSDPA Ready PC Card Modems for Poland's WEDGE (UMTS/EDGE) Network

WARSAW, Poland & SAN DIEGO, Feb 06, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today announced it is supplying Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), the operator of high-speed networks across Poland, with Novatel Wireless' Merlin U740 PC Card Modems. Under an existing supply agreement, Novatel Wireless will provide Poland with one of the market's first HSDPA-ready Data Cards for PTC's WEDGE (UMTS/EDGE) 3G network. The Merlin U740 is available immediately in PTC retail stores across Poland.

The Merlin U740 runs on the carrier's Era network 'blueconnect' service (, the region's fastest wireless Internet service with no limit on data transfer or connection time. The Card provides PTC's ten million business and consumer subscribers with 3G wireless broadband access to email, the Internet and corporate data at speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second.

The flexible architecture of the Merlin U740 allows PTC to launch it as a WEDGE PC Card Modem, which is upgradeable to High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) for future PTC network developments. As PTC upgrades to an HSPDA network, subscribers using the Merlin U740 can automatically connect without having to purchase a new PC Card Modem, additional hardware or upgrade rate plans. The Merlin U740 enables mobile workers to easily and conveniently stay connected to customers, partners and co-workers from any location within PTC's network, boosting overall productivity. Novatel Wireless' Merlin U740 Card is one of the most advanced on the market, making it a truly beneficial solution for end customers.

"PTC customers on Poland's WEDGE mobile network now have the convenience of high-speed broadband connectivity from multiple locations across the country," said Rob Hadley, vice president of sales for Novatel Wireless. "As the long-term PC Card provider to PTC, Novatel Wireless continues to lead the industry in innovation and customer wins. Our ongoing relationship with PTC is testament to the superior wireless broadband solutions we offer and strong relationships we build with top carriers worldwide."

Novatel Wireless has the broadest wireless broadband data product portfolio in the market place, including PC Cards, mini-PCI modules and Ovation consoles. The diversified product portfolio addresses the mobile enterprise market, the embedded laptop market and the fixed/mobile convergence market. Novatel Wireless was first to commercialize UMTS PC cards both in Europe and North America. The company's Merlin PC Data Cards have been sold by 41 operators in 32 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

About Novatel Wireless, Inc.

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions. Novatel Wireless' Merlin(TM) PC Cards, Expedite(TM) Embedded Modems, Freedom Box(TM) Ruggedized Modems, MobiLink(TM) Communications Software Suite, Ovation(TM) 3G Multimedia Application Consoles and Conversa(TM) Software Suite enable high-speed wireless access to personal, corporate and public information. The company delivers innovative 3G solutions to operators, distributors and vertical markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ:NVTL. For more information visit (NVTLG)

About Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa and Era

Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC) is the leading Polish mobile telecommunication provider (Era and Heyah networks) with over 10 million clients. The network covers 96.5% of the nation's territory and 99.6% of its population. PTC operates services using both national GSM 900 and GSM 1800 licenses. In 2005 PTC also launched commercially UMTS service in major Polish cities. More on Era and PTC at: More on blueconnect service at

(C) 2006 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless logo, Merlin, Merlin U630, Expedite, Freedom Box, MobiLink, Ovation, and Conversa are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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 and other regulatory agencies.

SOURCE: Novatel Wireless, Inc.

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