Sequans Communications announced on Monday an agreement with Sprint to make available a new LTE Cat 1 module designed for the Sprint LTE network. The new SP150Q module is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform and includes RF support for Sprint’s LTE bands, 2, 25/2, and 26/5.
The Calliope Platform is compliant with 3GPP Release 10 and 11, supports LTE Cat 1 throughput, and is multiband FDD and TDD capable. The SP150Q module is the result of the collaboration of Sequans and Sprint on the development of connectivity solutions to support Sprint’s IoT strategy, and is the first of several planned LTE IoT products to become available.
Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered six generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks, both LTE and WiMAX, around the world. The company offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE, optimized for M2M devices and other connected devices for the Internet of Things. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and China.
The SP150Q module comprises Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform and all other elements necessary for a complete LTE modem system, including an LTE-optimized transceiver, a complete triple-band RF front end for Sprint LTE bands 12, 25/2, 26/5, and key interfaces, including USB 2.0 host and device, SDIO 3.0 host, USIM, HS-UART. SP150Q can seamlessly connect to a GNSS solution for asset and IoT device tracking. The SP150Q is pin-to-pin compatible with all Sequans’ Q series modules, enabling single platform support for multiple LTE categories.
“We are pleased to support Sprint’s IoT strategy and pleased to make this new module available for Sprint’s network,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “The SP150Q is a complete solution, offering Sprint’s IoT customers a quick and easy way to connect many types of IoT devices to Sprint’s LTE network.”
“The availability of this new LTE Cat 1 module from Sequans will enable our existing CDMA customers to move to LTE, and new customers to design devices quickly,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president, IoT for Sprint. “LTE Cat 1 is an important step in our IoT network development. Our collaboration with Sequans, a proven leader in LTE for IoT connectivity, helps us map out and complete our next generation IoT network.”
The SP150Q LTE Cat 1 module and evaluation kits will be available in the fourth quarter.