Voice support on LTE Cat 1 enhances value and market reach of LTE for IoT on T-Mobile’s network
BARCELONA, Spain – February 28, 2017 – LTE for IoT chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) announced that T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has certified its Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform for voice over LTE (VoLTE) services on their network. The certification will now enable a voice support option to T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, which offer a low-cost IoT platform for product makers to quickly bring their solutions to market.
“We are very happy to be the first to deliver Cat 1 VoLTE to support T-Mobile’s LTE for IoT network strategy,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “LTE Cat 1 enables 4G solutions to rival 2G/3G in cost while providing much greater longevity, and now with VoLTE support, the range of IoT applications that can move to LTE from 2G/3G is even greater. For example, home alarm system designers can now fully embrace LTE Cat 1 for their data connectivity and voice use cases.”
T-Mobile IoT Access packs accelerate IoT innovation and eliminate the pain of piecing together wireless IoT solutions. For a limited time, customers can get unlimited data at 64 kbps for just $20 per year per device, with up to $16 per Sequans LTE Cat 1 module covered via a bill credit from T-Mobile upon activation.
“T-Mobile continues to focus on solving wireless industry pain points – and that means breaking down barriers to provide a simplified IoT launch pad for our customers,” said Doug Chartier, senior vice president, MVNO, M2M and IoT at T-Mobile. “Through this update to T-Mobile’s IoT Access packs, we’ll now be able to provide a voice support solution for product makers on our nationwide 4G LTE network.”
Sequans’ operator-approved LTE Cat 1 chipset platform, Calliope, is an award-winning LTE for IoT chipset solution that is highly optimized for M2M and IoT applications. It features Category 1 throughput up to 10 Mbps, ultra-low power consumption, and it was the first such solution to receive a carrier certification for VoLTE services. Calliope enables a wide range of industrial and consumer IoT applications, including asset tracking, alarm systems, telematics devices, retail applications, smart utility meters and more.
Calliope’s VoLTE capabilities are enabled by a fully integrated on-chip IMS stack and media processing engine. The platform supports LTE quality of service for fast call setup and low-latency voice calls. Calliope also supports advanced calling features such as conference calling, call waiting, and call forwarding; and it supports all major voice codecs including AMR-wideband for T-Mobile’s HD Voice service.
“Voice support in M2M and IoT is increasingly a requirement for many applications,” said Andrew Brown, head of IoT research at Strategy Analytics. “LTE Cat 1 chipsets, such as those from Sequans that are purpose-built for M2M and IoT and include native support for VoLTE, address the market demands of these applications. We see a meaningful role for VoLTE-enabled LTE Cat 1 solutions in enabling continued growth in this segment as a logical successor to aging 2G and 3G technologies.”
See Strategy Analytics’ white paper: The Role of Voice in IoT Applications
See Sequans at Mobile World Congress; hall 7, booth 7I81, February 27 through March 2.
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading provider of single-mode 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and a wide range of broadband data devices. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks around the world. Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M devices and other connected devices for the IoT. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans
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