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Wavecom Inc., subsidiary of Wavecom SA - France, (Nasdaq: WVCM; Nouveau Mar che: 7306), has appointed AirDesk, Inc., the first distributor for its GSM/GPRS modems in the U.S. Wavecom develops a complete line of wireless standard modules (WISMO) and modems for GSM (Global System for Mobile) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) platforms and is currently building alliances for its product line in North and South America. "We believe this partnership will enable developers of new wireless applications in the telemetry, automotive and telephony markets to integrate fully certified and FTA/FCC-approved modems into vertical applications," said Hany Neoman, Wavecom's U.S. chief operating officer. "Our eight years of experience as a GSM and GPRS solutions developer in Europe and Asia enables us to take advantage of the growing demand for GSM/GPRS technologies in the U.S., Canada and South America as we develop more partnerships in the near future."

"With Wavecom as a partner, we can offer our clients access to a proven leader in GSM/GPRS technology," said Michael W. Lang, president and CEO of Air Desk. "Wavecom's already formed alliances with key wireless players such as Trimble, Handspring and AMD, so we're proud to be their first distributor in the U.S."

More than 70 percent of the world's wireless networks are GSM based, including all of Europe and much of Asia. With 10 million subscribers, GSM is rapidly gaining ground in the fragmented U.S. market. Integrated GSM/GPRS solutions, such as WISMO, provide U.S. manufactures with cost effective, fast access to wireless applications not only in the U.S. but also in the vast worldwide markets.

A highly anticipated wireless technology standard, GPRS is expected to improve data services that can readily be added to GSM-based communications. GPRS, which is expected to be widely available in North and South America from GSM operators in the third quarter this year, facilitates instant connections so information can be sent or received immediately. The information is split into separate but related "packets" before being transmitted and reassembled at the receiving end.

GPRS can enable data transmission speeds up to 10 times as fast as current networks. No dial-up modem connection is necessary, resulting in an "always on" Internet connection at a much-reduced cost than other fragmented technologies. GPRS is the stepping-stone to 3G (third generation) wireless technology, which will offer even faster data and streaming video transmission toward the middle of the decade.

About AirDesk

AirDesk, Inc. is a wireless hardware and software distributor providing advanced application solutions and services for the wireless voice and data marketplace. Key product categories include OEM data modules, digital handsets and accessories, software developer kits, wireless modems, data interfaces, Internet appliances and wireless educational materials. More information about the firm can be found at

About Wavecom

Wavecom Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wavecom SA. Founded in 1993 a nd headquartered in Paris, Wavecom designs, develops, manufactures and sells a range of fully integrated plug-in modules for GSM and GPRS communications. Divided into three distinct lines -- WISMO modules, external modems and integrated modems -- all Wavecom products are based on its unique WISMO technology. WISMO, which stands for Wireless Standard Module, is a compact, fully integrated device containing all of the software, hardware and other technology needed to implement a wireless telecommunications standard. Designed for use in a wide variety of systems and wireless terminals, WISMO modules constitute complete implementation of the GSM Phase 2+ and GPRS standard in the 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands. Company revenues totaled $65 million USD in 2000 and 47.5 million in the three months ended March 31, 2001. Wavecom is publicly traded on the Nouveau Marche exchange in Paris and the Nasdaq National Market exchange in the U.S.

Wavecom can be found on the World Wide Web at

For more information, call 619/235-9702.
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