LTE for IoT chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that it has executed an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, INC., the leading mobile operator in Japan, to accelerate the development of NB-IoT devices and applications on DOCOMO’s network, using Sequans’ Monarch LTE Platform, and Monarch N, an NB-IoT-only version of Monarch.
The two companies have been working together for several years, beginning first with LTE Cat 1 technology, then with LTE-M, and now with NB-IoT. The goal of the new agreement is to develop and mature an end-to-end NB-IoT ecosystem in Japan.
Toshiyuki Futakata, vice president and general manager of the Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, said:
“Sequans’ Monarch technology will help us in reaching widespread adoption of NB-IoT technology in Japan.”
“Following our successful work together on LTE-M, we look forward to continuing our success in NB-IoT.”
“DOCOMO is an IoT leader, building a strong network and offering highly competitive solutions, including everything needed for its IoT customers to be successful,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We are very pleased to support DOCOMO with NB-IoT technology that offers proven superior low power consumption and simplified integration, and we look forward to seeing the launch of many new NB-IoT devices and applications on DOCOMO’s NB-IoT network.”