PARIS, France – March 10, 2014 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) announced that Linkem, the leading WiMAX service provider in Italy now transitioning to LTE, is offering its customers a dual-mode LTE/WiMAX device powered by Sequans’ dual-mode LTE/WiMAX technology. This strategy enables Linkem customers to access the Internet using either WiMAX or LTE technology from the same device without any disruption in service.
“Sequans’ dual-mode WiMAX/LTE technology enables us to realize our strategy of transitioning from WiMAX to LTE while offering our customers a seamless user experience and while protecting our investment in WiMAX,” said Rino Buccio, CTO, Linkem. “The Sequans-powered dual-mode device operates anywhere in our service area, delivering advanced 4G connectivity, WiMAX or LTE, in a way completely transparent to our customers”.
The dual-mode device is manufactured by Gemtek, a long-time manufacturing partner of Sequans. Linkem offers two models of the device, one for indoor use and one for outdoor use, both equipped with Wi-Fi, that bring high speed internet directly to customer homes without the need of a fixed line. The devices are based on Sequans’ Mont Blanc WiMAX/LTE Platform, part of its 4Sight program of dual-mode products and solutions.
“We developed our 4Sight products and solutions in direct response to the needs of WiMAX service providers like Linkem who are transitioning to LTE,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Using our 4Sight technology, Linkem can rollout LTE at the rate they choose without any inventory risk, because there is no need to replace devices as LTE becomes available. These benefits accrue to any operator adopting 4Sight to facilitate a WiMAX to LTE transition.”
Sequans is the world’s only provider of a dual-mode WiMAX/LTE single-die chip. The chip, the SQN5120, is at the heart of Sequans Mont Blanc WiMAX/LTE platform and is the key component of Sequans’ 4Sight network migration initiative for WiMAX operators moving to LTE. 4Sight provides advanced co-existence intelligence, a complete dual-4G protocol stack and software package, and dual-4G reference designs for a variety of device types.
Linkem is the leading provider of wireless broadband services in Italy. Via its proprietary network, operating at 3.5 GHz and covering every region in Italy, Linkem provides high speed internet directly to residences, without the need for a fixed line connection and without the limitations of USB internet keys. http://www.linkem.com
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003 to address the WiMAX market, the company expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans chips are operating in 4G networks of leading mobile operators around the world. 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
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