CHICAGO, WIMAX WORLD USA ― October 1, 2008 ― SEQUANS Communications, leading WiMAX chipmaker, announced today that Mobile WiMAX operator Scartel has chosen Sequans’ Mobile WiMAX technology for its recently announced network deployment in Russia. Scartel, which launched last year when it gained 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses across Russia has already installed 150 Mobile WiMAX base stations in Moscow and 80 in St. Petersburg and expects to have 1000 installed by the end of the year. The Scartel Mobile WiMAX network, operating under service name Yota, will be the largest network in Russia and one of the largest in the world.
Leading ODMs are manufacturing end user devices based on Sequans’ chips that Scartel will offer to its Mobile WiMAX customers. These include a USB dongle, an ExpressCard, a desktop CPE and a smartphone. The devices are based on Sequans award-winning SQN1130 SOC for Mobile WiMAX mobile stations, a solution that provides industry-leading high throughput with low power consumption, the two most important capabilities for truly useful Mobile WiMAX devices.
Scartel customers will enjoy some of the world’s most advanced Mobile WiMAX devices with Scartel’s Yota service,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “We are pleased to support Scartel’s mission of providing world-class mobile broadband service to the people of Russia.”
“Sequans’ leadership in WiMAX chip technology gives us a solid foundation for providing excellent Mobile WiMAX service,” said Dennis Sverdlov, Scartel’s CEO. “Over the next few months thousands of users will begin using these devices and as we move from friendly users to full service launch before the end of the year, the devices will be available in retail outlets in Moscow and St. Petersburg and later in other cities. Scartel is a service provider, and I`m sure that our collaboration with Sequans will help us create a variety of mobile services under the Yota brand.”
Sequans Communications is the leading supplier of subscriber station and base station chips for both fixed and mobile WiMAX, based on IEEE 802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005 standards. Sequans has products that are WiMAX Forum Certified™ for both Fixed and Mobile WiMAX, for both base station and subscriber station technology, and is the first and only WiMAX chipmaker to achieve this distinction. Sequans offers equipment manufacturers the most complete and powerful semiconductor solutions available today, enabling them to build the widest range of high performing WiMAX network components: femto, pico, micro and multi-sector macro base stations, outdoor and indoor subscriber terminals, home gateways, and all types of mobile devices. www.sequans.com
Press contact: Kimberly Tassin, 206.654.1001, Kimberly@sequans.com
LLC Scartel has been incorporated in 2007 to provide the mobile services based upon the cutting edge 4G Mobile WiMAX mobile broadband technology. Scartel considers mobile services as a base of its business. Company treats Mobile WiMAX as a tool to deliver such services.
Scartel has deployed its first Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) networks in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the 2.5-2.7 GHz frequency band. By the end of 2008 the company plans to provide a full network coverage of Moscow region and St. Petersburg region with total population of more than 20 million.
Scartel is owned by WIMAX Holding Ltd. WIMAX Holding Ltd also owns Scartel Star Lab (the mobile services RnD center) and More media content aggregator.
Scartel is headquartered in St. Petersburg with its second office in Moscow. Company employs 420 staff.
Scartel offers services under the Yota brand name. The trademark is registered in compliance with Russian law.