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Sequans partners NTT Docomo to accelerate NB-IoT adoption in Japan

Steve Rogerson
July 12, 2018

French LTE for IoT chip maker Sequans Communications is working with Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo to accelerate the development of NB-IoT devices and applications on Docomo’s network.
This will use Sequans’ Monarch LTE platform, an optimised LTE-M and NB-IoT chip, and Monarch N, an NB-IoT-only version of Monarch.
The two companies have been working together for several years, beginning 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 of NTT Docomo. “Following our successful work together on LTE-M, we look forward to continuing our success in NB-IoT.”
Monarch is an integrated LTE Cat M1 and NB1 chip, whereby baseband, RF transceiver, power management and memory are integrated into a single 6.5 by 8.5mm package. It complies with the 3GPP’s release 13 definitions for narrowband LTE (LTE-M and NB-IoT). In addition, it 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.
“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.”
Sequans Communications 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.
Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: Streamrich LTE, optimised for feature-rich mobile computing and home and portable router devices, and Streamlite LTE, for M2M devices and other connected devices for the IoT. The company is based in Paris, France, with additional offices in the USA, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea and China.