NTT DOCOMO to Use Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform to Accelerate Adoption of NB-IoT in Japan

NTT DOCOMO to Use Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform to Accelerate Adoption of NB-IoT in Japan Image Credit: Sequans

Japan's NTT DOCOMO will leverage Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform (LTE-M/NB-IoT chip solution) and Monarch N, an NB-IoT-only version of Monarch, to accelerate the development of NB-IoT devices and applications on its network.

The two companies have been working together for several years, beginning first with LTE Cat 1 technology, then with LTE-M, and now with NB-IoT. The goal of the new agreement is to develop and mature an end-to-end NB-IoT ecosystem in Japan.

Sequans claims that Monarch is the industry’s most 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, says Sequans.

Toshiyuki Futakata, VP and GM, Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO
Sequans’ Monarch technology will help us in reaching widespread adoption of NB-IoT technology in Japan. Following our successful work together on LTE-M, we look forward to continuing our success in NB-IoT.

Georges Karam, CEO, Sequans
We are very pleased to support DOCOMO with NB-IoT technology that offers proven superior low power consumption and simplified integration, and we look forward to seeing the launch of many new NB-IoT devices and applications on DOCOMO’s NB-IoT network.

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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