Encore Networks Readies for Verizon’s Deployment of LTE Category M1
October 31, 2016

Partnering with Verizon and Sequans to Develop Industry’s First CAT M1 Routers for use on Verizon’s LTE Network Deploying in late 2016

Chantilly, VA – October 31, 2016 – As a follow on to Verizon’s September announcement to become the first U.S. operator to commercially launch LTE Category M1 services (CAT M1) in late 2016, Encore Networks today announced that it has partnered with Verizon and Sequans to develop the first CAT M1 LTE router designed for low-cost cellular connectivity of IoT devices requiring low power consumption and utilizing low bandwidth.

ENM-Class routers will support Verizon’s LTE network and will utilize Sequans’ Monarch LTE chip for narrowband IoT applications. Encore’s ENM-Class LTE routers will provide customers with network longevity and more robust security, enabling a cost-effective migration path for existing IoT deployments to move from legacy 2G devices that are at the end of the serviceable lifetime.

The chip inside Encore’s ENM-Class routers is Sequans’ Monarch LTE platform, the world’s first CAT M1/NB1 solution, integrating baseband, RF, power management and memory in a single chip. Monarch is fully optimized in hardware and software and is purpose built for narrowband LTE for IoT applications.

“CAT M1 competes in low-data connectivity markets such as ATM’s, refrigeration, HVAC, monitoring and sensing devices and garage door monitoring providing more reliable network coverage in buildings and underground at lower power requirements. Until now, ultra low bandwidth connectivity was a major concern in critical applications like hospitals, alarm systems and POS systems,” stated Tom Kittle, Sales Director for Encore Networks. “One of the benefits of CAT M1 is its narrow bandwidth requirements which improves the efficiency of the cellular spectrum and expands the range of available cellular services. This increased efficiency allows for the effective deployment of CAT M1 routers into non-traditional networks typically served by aging wire-line and 2G cellular solutions.”

“Encore Networks is a long-standing device partner in the IoT space, being an early driver of Verizon’s LTE technologies CAT 3, CAT 1, and now CAT M1,” said Chris Schmidt, Executive Director Device Technology at Verizon. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Encore as they develop cost effective solutions for our customers which solves for many low bandwidth use cases requiring low power consumption and takes advantage of Verizon’s LTE network.”

“After working together successfully on Encore’s LTE CAT 1 router last year, we are excited to extend our partnership to these new CAT M1 routers,” said Craig Miller, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Sequans. “Encore is dedicated to providing feature-rich LTE routers that make it easy and cost-effective for their M2M and IoT customers to transition from 2G to 4G, cost-effectively.”

For more information, contact Encore Networks at 703-318-4325 or email sales@encorenetworks.com

About Encore Networks

Encore Networks www.encorenetworks.com is a leading manufacturer of commercial enterprise and industrial hardened routers. Encore Routers embed 4G cellular modems and feature IP, SSL, VPN, Firewall, Ethernet Switching, Legacy Copper Line POTS replacement, and serial data to IP interworking. Made in the USA, Encore’s BANDIT™ and EN™ routers are built for numerous Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and M2M applications including SCADA, Smart Grid, Security, Transportation, Lottery, Retail and Banking industries. Encore’s enCloud™ Enterprise Cloud Management platform enables users to manage, monitor and configure distributed enterprises from a central location through the cloud. Encore enables companies to reduce total cost of ownership by reducing dependence on high cost wireline connections and converting them seamlessly to next generation cellular connections while protecting their embedded equipment investment.

Encore Networks Contact:

Tony Crane – Director, Marketing Services – 703-318-4366 – tcrane@encorenetworks.com

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of nearly 162,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premiere all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

About Sequans

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker and leading provider of single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device manufacturers worldwide. Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans

Sequans Contact:

Kimberly Tassin – Director, Marketing Communications – 425-736-0569 – kimberly@sequans.com

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