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January 07, 2010

Sprint Offers M2M, Enterprise Business Continuity in 2010 with Introduction of World's First Gobi Embedded Router from Top Global

Collaboration provides affordable, global Mobile Broadband access with critical fail-safe features for M2M sensors and enterprise networking to support business continuity, digital signage, wireless point-of-sales, in-vehicle data solutions and more
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the certification of the first-ever Gobi embedded router, the Top Global MB7900, which also is powered by America's Most Dependable 3G Network.* Qualcomm's GobiTM technology gives customers the freedom of secure mobile Internet connectivity on the Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband network as well as virtually anywhere in the world via Sprint roaming partner networks** just by reprogramming the software.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) equipment, sensor and control panel manufacturers also can more simply and cost-effectively develop global solutions with Gobi technology, because the single embedded router is easily scalable and reprogrammable to support multiple wireless networks worldwide.

The Top Global MB7900 supports all key 2G/3G standards offering rapid Internet access and GPS functionality in a convenient, affordable and portable package that can fit in any M2M equipment, sensor and control panel. The MB7900 links Sprint's Third Generation (3G) cellular network with existing Wi-Fi, GPS, LAN, WAN, Serial and USB-enabled devices. Other features, such as the built-in auto-failover, allow for different configurations of WAN networks and GPS tracking systems.

"We are excited to be the first to offer the Top Global MB7900, and it is a great addition to our industry-leading portfolio of M2M embedded devices available from Sprint," said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. "The network scalability and dependability of the MB7900 make it an ideal choice for applications in business continuity, homeland security, mobile surveillance, digital signage, vending/retailing/point of sales, in-vehicle data connectivity and asset management."

The MB7900 enables customers who do business internationally to send and receive large amounts of data at broadband speeds via embedded Qualcomm Gobi technology with EV-DO Rev. A. It will enable average upload speeds of 400-700 kbps and download speeds of between 600 kbps and 1.4 Mbps.

"Qualcomm's Gobi technology delivers a new level of flexibility, providing data capabilities over both EV-DO and HSPA networks, as well as GPS functionality almost anywhere in the world via leading 3G networks," said Barry Matsumori, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "We are pleased to see Sprint and Top Global taking advantage of our Gobi solution to offer their customers a scalable and accessible way to increase their productivity."

"We are delighted to collaborate with Sprint and Qualcomm to launch the world's first global router for enterprise networking and M2M applications," said Dr. Alan Zhen Zhou, president and CTO, Top Global. "Enabled by our patented MobileBridgeTM technology, the MB7900 comes with rich security features, including SPI Firewall, Anti-attack, URL filter, IPSec VPN client, and Remote Central Management (RCM) capabilities for device management, firmware upgrade, configuration, Sprint service activation and provisioning, etc."

Targeting M2M applications designed to benefit enterprises, small to mid-size businesses and small office home office (SOHO) customers, the MB7900 offers a scalable, reliable and affordable solution to quickly deploy a multitude of wireless networks. The MB7900 is available for purchase in tandem with Sprint's Mobile Broadband Data Access Plan, which is also ideally suited for small businesses that want to enhance productivity by being connected just about anywhere they go.

In October, Sprint announced the formation of its Emerging Solutions Business group, which focuses exclusively on the rapid delivery of M2M and mobile computing solutions to businesses and consumers. Sprint's partnership with Top Global builds on more than 10 years of experience in working with vendors to provision non-Sprint-branded devices to operate on its networks, as well as extensive expertise in operating multiple platforms and assets.

ABOUT SPRINT NEXTEL

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

ABOUT TOP GLOBAL

Top Global (www.topglobalusa.com) is a leading wireless systems design company and a global leader in wireless technology convergence. Top Global offers total wireless solutions for carriers, enterprises, and consumers. Top Global has a strong engineering and design team with many years of experience in wireless communications systems design, hardware and software design and testing, and communications protocol development. With our focus and dedication on wireless and our deep technical knowledge of wireless chipsets, drivers, firmware, and applications layer software, our goal is to become the Global Top Leader in wireless systems design. Our customers and partners can reduce investment risk and shorten time to market by OEM/ODM Top Global wireless products and solutions. We believe the future of wireless communication has just started, and that the nascent wireless broadband Internet will become as pervasive as the Internet itself. Top Global sees it as a business opportunity to give everyone easy wireless high-speed Internet access, whether at home, in the office, or in public places. This wireless horizon has just been discovered, and we will broaden the World Wide Web (WWW) to a World Without Wires (WWW). Our corporate mission is "Broadening Wireless Horizons." More information about Top Global is available from our Web site at http://www.topglobalusa.com/.

* "Dependable" based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous US markets (including Puerto Rico) from February 2008 to October 2009. Not all services are available on 3G, and coverage may default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable.

** International roaming charges may apply. Visit Sprint.com for details.

SOURCE: Sprint

Media contact:
Sprint
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-269-1129
stephanie.greenwood@sprint.com
or
Sprint
Mary Kunkel, 703-930-5290
Mary.kunkel@sprint.com
or
Top Global
Jeffrey Tan, 949-528-3898
tanhao@topglobalusa.com


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