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Verizon gives Quectel module multimode LPWA approval

Steve Rogerson
November 16, 2017

The first multimode LPWA module based on a Qualcomm modem to receive official type approval from Verizon is the BG96 module from Shanghai-based Quectel Wireless, following laboratory and field testing.
"The certification is a testament to Quectel's commitment to delivering high quality and reliable services to our customers," said Patrick Qian, Quectel CEO. “Now customers using our 2G and 3G modules can accelerate their LTE cat M1 deployment based on the BG96 modules.”
The module, designed for the global market, supports LTE cat M1, NB-IoT and EGPRS. What's more, GNSS – GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo and QZSS – is also supported, which should help users with location requirements on top of the module’s compact design and low device cost.
Developed based upon Qualcomm's MDM9206 multimode LTE modem, the BG96 has low power consumption, as well as extended indoor coverage with a 15dB coverage enhancement compared with GSM. Besides, it has a maximum data rate of 300kbit/s downlink and 375kbit/s uplink, and can be applied to vertical segments requesting medium and low data rates.
"Quectel BG96 modules along with Verizon's LTE cat M1 network will bring new possibilities for IoT innovators to develop devices for markets requiring low cost, mobility and longer battery life, such as smart metering, tracker, sharing bicycle and emergency alarm panel," said Qian.
Established in 2010, Quectel Wireless is a supplier of IoT modules. It claims to have the industry's broadest product portfolio, which includes LPWA, LTE, LTE-A, UMTS, HSPA(+), GSM, GPRS, GNSS and short-range wireless modules. The modules have been applied in telematics, smart metering, smart city, wireless PoS, security, mhealth, energy, agriculture and environmental monitoring applications.