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Sequans helps T-Mobile move from 2G to 4G for IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 1, 2016
Sequans is helping T-Mobile transition from 2G to 4G LTE-based services for its M2M and IoT customers.
The French company has agreed to deliver its LTE Cat 1 technology and products to T-Mobile. Its Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform, which supports VoLTE and enables a wide range of industrial and consumer IoT applications, including asset tracking, alarm systems, telematics devices, retail applications and smart utility meters, is certified and available for use on T-Mobile’s network.
“We are very happy to support T-Mobile’s IoT network strategy as an LTE Cat 1 technology provider,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “LTE Cat 1 enables 4G to rival 2G and 3G in cost while providing much greater longevity. This means T-Mobile’s customers have access to a leading wireless network that is scalable and secure with broad coverage, along with affordable, long-lived connectivity for successful IoT and M2M business models.”
Both companies prepared for the launch of LTE Cat 1 IoT devices on T-Mobile’s network by conducting a successful Cat 1 network and device trial on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network last year. Sequans says it was the first chipmaker to launch and commercialise LTE Cat 1 technology, and the Calliope chipset and IoT-ready module are now certified and available for use on T-Mobile’s network.
“Unlike the old guard carriers, T-Mobile’s focus is listening to, and helping solve, wireless customers’ pain points,” said Doug Chartier, senior vice president at T-Mobile. “For our IoT customers that means delivering a future-proof network migration path from 2G to 4G LTE. The Sequans LTE Cat 1 technology, paired with T-Mobile’s fast, nationwide 4G LTE network, helps meet the industry-leading cost and power benefits that our customers demand for the IoT and M2M applications of today and tomorrow.”
Calliope features Category 1 throughput up to 10Mbit/s, low power consumption and support for VoLTE and location-based services.
Sequans is based in Paris, France, with additional offices in the USA, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and China.