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NTT Docomo turns to Sequans for LTE-M technology

Steve Rogerson
January 9, 2018
French chip maker Sequans Communications is helping Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo accelerate the development of LTE-M devices and applications on its network.
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 using Sequans’ Monarch LTE platform is to develop and mature an end-to-end LTE-M ecosystem in Japan.
“We are pleased to extend our long-time and successful partnership with Sequans to address the LTE-M market,” said Toshiyuki Futakata, vice president at 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. Sequans is a key player in IoT in Japan and their leading Monarch solution has the key characteristics needed to spur rapid adoption, including low power consumption, low cost and ease of integration.”
Monarch is an integrated LTE Cat M1 and NB1 chip, whereby baseband, RF transceiver, power management and memory are integrated in one 6.5 by 8.5mm package. It complies with the 3GPP’s release 13 definitions for narrowband LTE – LTE-M and NB-IoT.
“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,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Docomo has everything in place to serve its IoT customers well and we are proud that our Monarch technology will be a key part of Docomo’s LTE for IoT.”
In addition, Monarch supports features such as programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single SKU, and proprietary dynamic power management technology for low power consumption and operating life of more than ten years.
Sequans is a 4G chip maker and provider of single-mode LTE chipsets to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003, it has developed and delivered six generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks, both LTE and Wimax, around the world. The company is based in Paris, France, with additional offices in the USA, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea and China.