NetComm launches world’s fastest 3G router

Published December 27th, 2009 - 12:31 GMT

NetComm Limited has launched the world’s fastest HSPA+ embedded router, finally
enabling users to experience the high speeds available through the advanced networks
that are now coming online around the globe.
The new NetComm 3G21W turns a single 3G connection into a Wi-Fi and Ethernet hotspot
that offers internet connectivity to multiple users. This flexibility is backed by
speed, with typical download rates of up to 8Mbps. (Speeds of up to 11Mbps were
achieved by journalists trialling the device at press event in Sydney.)
NetComm’s 3G21W is the first embedded router of its kind to operate at 21Mbps using
the HSPA+ (Evolved High Speed Packet Access) standard, as well as being a
fully-functioning 11n wireless router with four Ethernet ports. It also boasts a
pair of USB ports to allow sharing of printers or portable storage drives between
With this capability, the 3G21W will finally enable the true potential of this new
mobile network standard, offering possible data speeds equivalent to those of
conventional ADSL2+ connections.
Naturally, interest in the 3G21W has been highest amongst carriers who have already
deployed, or are about to offer mobile broadband delivery via a 21Mbps network. They
see this router as a means of opening the way for maximizing their customers’
The unit was first launched in late November by Telstra, being sold in Australia as
the BigPond Elite™ Network Gateway.
NetComm has also received its first orders for the 3G21W from Etisalat, the
telecommunications provider for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The units will
initially be available to Etisalat customers in the UAE, however the firm also
operates in 17 other countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
“Deals with some of the world’s most innovative carriers demonstrate NetComm’s
leadership in 3G technology and are integral to our plans for expanding the
international side of our business,” said NetComm’s Managing Director, David
“Products like the 3G21W are of great interest to those carriers that are investing
in 21Mbps networks to keep them ahead of their competitors and deliver the best
possible speeds,” said Mr Stewart.
The NetComm 3G21W router is designed around a powerful Sierra Wireless HSPA+ module
capable of delivering 21Mbps speeds along with reliable and high quality mobile
broadband performance. The combination of high bandwidth and low latency provided by
21Mbps HSPA+ will be targeted by the 3G21W, with the intention of facilitating high
performance VPN pass-through connectivity.
“Business users, people in rural areas and those who require mobility in their
service will all benefit from the capabilities of this router to access 21Mbps
networks. The phenomenal wireless upload speed will pave the way for bandwidth
thirsty Internet services never before considered possible on a wireless broadband
connection,” said Mr Stewart.

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