NTT DOCOMO, Sequans Extend Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of LTE-M in Japan

5 January 2018
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NTT DOCOMO, Sequans Extend Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of LTE-M in Japan Image Credit: Sequans

Leading LTE for IoT chipmaker Sequans Communications announced that it has formalized an agreement with NTT DOCOMO to accelerate the development of LTE-M devices and applications on DOCOMO’s network, using Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform.

The two companies have been working together on LTE for IoT for several years, beginning first with LTE Cat 1 technology, and the goal of this current collaboration is to develop and mature an end-to-end LTE-M ecosystem in Japan.

Monarch is a highly integrated LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip, whereby baseband, RF transceiver, power management, and RAM memory are integrated into a single, tiny 6.5 x 8.5 mm package.

Monarch is fully compliant with the 3GPP’s Release 13 definitions for narrowband LTE (LTE-M and NB-IoT). In addition, Monarch supports advanced features such as programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single SKU, and proprietary dynamic power management technology for ultra low power consumption and operating life of 10+ years.

Toshiyuki Futakata, VP and GM, Communicatio Device Development, NTT DOCOMO
The use of Sequans’ Monarch technology will be instrumental for us in reaching our goal of widespread adoption of LTE-M technology across Japan. 

Georges Karam, CEO, Sequans 
Working in close collaboration with DOCOMO over the years has yielded excellent results and we look forward to continuing our work together in anticipation of DOCOMO’s LTE-M network launch.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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