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July 08, 2010

Sierra Collaborates with Time Warner Cable to Bring IntelliGo Hotspot Device to Road Runner Mobile Customers

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Sierra Wireless, a provider of wireless solutions and services, announced it has collaborated with Time Warner Cable, a provider of broadband networks, in order to bring its IntelliGo dual-mode mobile hotspot device to Road Runner Mobile customers on the Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable 4G network.

With the help of IntelliGo hotspot device, customers using Road Runner Mobile on the Time Warner Cable 4G network can now get Internet speeds of up to 6 Mbps on the mobile broadband network, according to a press release.

Sierra Wireless’ IntelliGo Mobile Hotspot facilitates access to both 3G and 4G networks. Capable of connecting wirelessly to any WiFi (News - Alert)-enabled device, such as media players, gaming devices, cameras, netbooks, and tablet computers, the mobile hotspot device features a LCD screen that displays important information such as battery life and internet connection status, and also an easy-to-use web interface for customizing settings.

In addition, the IntelliGo Mobile Hotspot also has a built-in GPS capability (on 3G), a MicroSD slot for up to 16 GB memory cards creating shared storage with up to five connected devices, and an extended WiFi range of up to 150 feet.

Capable of connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously, the IntelliGo Mobile Hotspot device has up to four hours of active battery life and also USB charging capabilities.

According to Mike Roudi, GVP of wireless products for Time Warner Cable, IntelliGo enables customers to leverage the speed of the Time Warner Cable 4G network and also the coverage of a national 3G network on all their Wi-Fi enabled devices anywhere they go.

"IntelliGo, the Sierra Wireless (News - Alert) AirCard W801 Mobile Hotspot, provides a simple solution for those who live the modern digital lifestyle," said Mike O'Brien, VP, network operator sales for Sierra Wireless. "With IntelliGo from Time Warner Cable and Sierra Wireless, it's easy to keep all your devices connected, even on the go -- cameras, media players, gaming devices, notebooks, and tablet computers can update and be updated in real time."

The Time Warner Cable 4G network, featuring Road Runner Mobile is available in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Kansas City, MO.

Company officials with Time Warner Cable said that Road Runner Mobile customers will also be able to access the 4G network in additional cities outside the Time Warner Cable footprint such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Customers of Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Mobile 4G can also have access to 3G coverage nationwide in areas where 4G is not available.

Time Warner Cable is planning to launch additional 4G networks in 2010. These cities include New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri