Novatel Wireless Dual-Carrier HSPA+ USB Device First to Launch in the Middle East With STC

By Novatel Wireless Inc., PRNE
Monday, January 24, 2011

Novatel Wireless' Ovation MC545 Dual-Carrier HSPA+ USB Launched in Eight Cities in Saudi Arabia

SAN DIEGO, January 25, 2011 - Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless
broadband solutions, today announced that the Ovation(TM) MC545 is
commercially available with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in Saudi Arabia. STC
is the first operator to launch a commercial Dual-Carrier HSPA+ (DC- HSPA+)
network in the Middle East. The DC HSPA+ is currently covering eight cities
in Saudi Arabia and supporting data speed of up to 42 Mbps.

"Mobile broadband services are experiencing tremendous growth in the
Saudi market," said Jameel A. Al Molhem, VP of the personal business unit,
STC. "To meet the growing demand for faster mobile broadband services, STC is
the first carrier to commercially introduce DC HSPA+ technology in the Middle
and we are very proud to maintain our position as the market's wireless
technology pioneer."

Continuing Novatel Wireless' design legacy with a focus on functionality,
reliability, leading edge technology and innovative sleek style, the Ovation
MC545 modem is today the world's most compact and light-weight DC-HSPA+ USB
modem in the market place.

"We're thrilled to be assisting STC launching their DC HSPA+ network and
delivering the most compact form factor to the market," said Rob Hadley, CMO
of Novatel Wireless. "The Ovation MC545 USB brings advanced data capabilities
to the consumers and will allow for new mobile broadband services supporting
more compelling multimedia applications, faster and with richer user

Novatel Wireless has now launched the DC HSPA+ Ovation USB with carriers
in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. The Ovation MC545 is based on
the 3GPP Release 8 standard. DC-HSPA+ supports theoretical peak downlink data
rates of up to 42 Mbps and 5.7 Mbps on the uplink, allowing carriers to
easily upgrade their existing infrastructure equipment to achieve
significantly higher bandwidths.

The Ovation MC545 supports the 900,1900 and 2100 MHz frequency bands and
is designed to provide connectivity virtually anywhere to check email,
download rich multimedia content and stay connected to family, friends and
coworkers. The Ovation MC545 offers unprecedented speed and advanced antenna
technologies to maximize data throughput and operating range. Featuring
Novatel Wireless' auto install connection manager, memory storage of up to
32GB via MicroSDHC and backward compatibility with HSPA technologies, the
Ovation MC545 provides a total solution for ultra fast mobile broadband

About Saudi Telecom Company

STC is the leading national provider of telecommunication services in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the last few years, STC has gone beyond its
local borders to the international markets, forming a network of businesses
and investments in a number of GCC countries, Asia & Africa. The company has
now foot print in Kuwait, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and
South Africa which has enabled STC to serve a greater number of its customers
which the company seeks to increase internationally through studying and
evaluation of potential investment opportunities in the future in line with
its FORWARD Strategy. Information about STC products and services can be
found at

About Novatel Wireless

Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of
intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing
wireless connectivity. The Company delivers specialized wireless solutions to
carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide.
Novatel Wireless' Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, software, USB modems,
embedded modules and smart M2M modules provide innovative anywhere, anytime
communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San
Diego, California
, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more
information please visit (NVTLG)

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.

(C) 2011 Novatel Wireless, Inc. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless
name and logo and Ovation(TM) are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other
Company, product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of
their respective owners.

    Contacts: Charlotte Rubin              Cara Sloman
              Novatel Wireless             Nadel Phelan
              +1-858-812-3431              +1-831-440-2411

Charlotte Rubin of Novatel Wireless, +1-858-812-3431, crubin at; or Cara Sloman of Nadel Phelan, +1-831-440-2411, cara at

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