We're not sure how they feel in lands where fiber optic connections flow like wine, but in most of the developed world a up to 42 megabit per second internet connection feels mighty fine. Fine enough, in fact, that it can make sense to share it with your peers, and that's why Netgear's new MBR1310 and MBR2000 routers are here. They're quad-band DC-HSPA+ units that dole out that precious 3G data over 802.11n WiFi or via four 10/100 wired ethernet ports, with the MBR2000 adding ADSL2+ for a wired backup option. If you're lucky enough to be working with LTE in Europe, there's the MBR1517 as well, virtually identical to the model announced for Verizon but presumably with different carrier support. No word on when, where, or how much any of these fallback connectivity options will cost. PR after the break.
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NETGEAR Announces New 3G / LTE Mobile Broadband Router Lineup

New Mobile Broadband Router Series Offers Internet Access Performance Rivaling Wired Broadband Performance

BARCELONA, Spain – February 14, 2011 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The new line-up of mobile broadband routers is designed to take mobile broadband to the next level of performance. Built on NETGEAR's expertise in mobile networking, these new routers integrate features from its popular line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks.

The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The lineup includes:

MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN
MBR2000: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to ADSL2+

All of the new mobile broadband routers are ideal for residential and business customers. These devices can be located in city or rural locations using the internal high gain antenna or optional external antenna for poor signal areas. Auto failover from wired to mobile broadband enables operators to deliver service level agreements (SLAs) to business customers where the cost of network outages is high.

"With this round of high performance mobile plus wired dual WAN routers, NETGEAR moves into new business applications, and brings high quality features from our core expertise in wired broadband gateways to mobile network operators" said Michael Clegg, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business Unit, NETGEAR. "As mobile broadband coverage areas expand, these new products have the potential to bring in new revenue for mobile operators due to the excellent performance of the routers, which rivals wired Internet access."

For more information on these products, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/service-provider/products/mobile-broadband/

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