Sequans and a major US mobile operator have completed a network and device trial of LTE UE Category 1 devices powered by Sequans. This trial follows the completion of a similar trial conducted with Verizon Wireless and Ericsson announced in March. CAT1 LTE technology, with maximum downlink speed of 10 Mbps and suitable for M2M and IoT applications, is part of the current 3GPP LTE specifications and deployable on most LTE networks today. Use of the technology allows for the cost-effective deployment of LTE for M2M and other IoT applications well in advance of the coming Cat 0 technology, not expected to be deployed until late 2016 or 2017 when 3GPP Release 12 technology is fielded by major LTE operators.
LTE Category 1 (CAT1) devices provide significant reductions in cost, size and power consumption compared to their higher performance CAT3 and CAT4 counterparts found in today’s smartphones and other consumer mobile data devices. These cost and power reductions are expected to enable the rapid adoption of LTE technology in the Internet of Things, including machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer wearable devices, where high throughput is not a key requirement.
The trial took place in the first quarter of 2015, and successfully proved the ability of CAT1 devices to coexist with higher-speed CAT 3 and 4 LTE devices on the operator’s nationwide network.
“CAT 1 LTE technology is of great interest to the leading LTE operators as this recent trial activity demonstrates,” said Craig Miller, VP marketing, Sequans. “LTE is the only future-proof cellular connectivity choice for the IoT and the availability of CAT 1 LTE chipset solutions enables the cost-effective deployment of LTE for M2M and IoT devices in today’s networks.”
Sequans’ CAT1-optimized LTE chipset solution, Calliope, has recently been named an IoT Innovations Award winner by Connected World Magazine. Calliope has also been named a finalist in the “Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy” category by Leading Lights 2015, the annual awards program of Light Reading.