Sequans Communications S.A. announced that KDDI, one of Japan’s largest mobile operators, has certified Sequans’ LTE Cat 1 Calliope chipset and it is now approved to operate in devices on KDDI’s LTE network.
LTE Cat 1 technology is the underlying infrastructure for M2M devices and Sequans’ Calliope LTE Platform is one of the most mature LTE Cat 1 solutions in the market today.
“There is tremendous momentum developing around IoT in Japan and having Sequans’ LTE Cat 1 chipset now approved for KDDI’s network enables us to extend the reach of our LTE network,” said Hiroshi Tsuji, General Manager of Product & Device Technology Department, KDDI.
“Our Calliope LTE Cat 1 platform is an answer to the rapidly growing demand for LTE IoT chip solutions in Japan and now that it’s certified, it will shorten the time to market for many new devices,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “We are committed to accelerating the development of LTE for IoT in Japan and we, along with our module partners, intend to fully support KDDI in this initiative.”
“While LTE Cat 1 technology is available today, we expect LTE Cat M1 and NB1 technologies to follow in Japan and widen the range of applications addressable by LTE even further. LTE Cat 1 supports several types of M2M and IoT applications such as alarm systems and vehicle telematics, paving the way for narrowband LTE-M and NB-IoT applications such as asset trackers and sensors.”