PARIS, France – July 25. 2019 – Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) announced that KDDI, one of Japan’s largest mobile operators, has certified Sequans’ Monarch chip for LTE-M and it is now approved to operate in IoT devices on KDDI’s LTE-M network.
“With Sequans Monarch now being certified on our LTE-M network, we look forward to it being connected to a multitude of IoT services.” said Hiroshi Tsuji, general manager of KDDI’s Product and Device Technology Department.
“The certification of Monarch by KDDI gives the green light to many devices already in production and speeds them to launch,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “We are dedicated to supporting KDDI in their LTE for IoT strategy, first in LTE Cat 1 and now in LTE-M, and are proud to have reached this important milestone with KDDI, allowing many new IoT devices to come to life.”
Certification by KDDI proves Monarch’s reliability and technological excellence as at LTE-M chip solution. Sequans’ Monarch is the world’s most highly optimized LTE-M/NB-IoT chip platform. It provides full support for power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable the long battery life needed by many IoT use cases, and it provides the enhanced coverage modes that extend coverage for deep-indoor and remote deployments. Monarch comprises baseband, RF, power management, and RAM in a single package. Monarch supports advanced features, including programmable RF filtering for global band support in a Single-SKU™, and proprietary dynamic power management technology, enabling industry-leading, rock bottom low power consumption of 1 micro amp.
The certification of Monarch for LTE-M by KDDI follows the certification of Sequans’ LTE Cat 1Calliope chip received from KDDI last year.