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Sequans and NTT DOCOMO Partner on NB-IoT In Japan

July 5, 2018

Sequans Communications, a provider of single-mode LTE chip set solutions to wireless device manufacturers in France, partners with DOCOMO, a mobile network operator company in Japan, to accelerate the development of NB-IoT devices in Japan.

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’ Monarch technology will help us in reaching widespread adoption of NB-IoT technology in Japan,” said Toshiyuki Futakata, vice president and general manager of the Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO. “Following our successful work together on LTE-M, we look forward to continuing our success in NB-IoT.”

“DOCOMO is an IoT leader, building a strong network and offering highly competitive solutions, including everything needed for its IoT customers to be successful,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “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.”

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.

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