The rise of LTE Cat 1 for IoT: Sequans and MultiTech latest to debut products

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Sequans Communications and MultiTech’s latest product launches give rise to a growing trend; the continued emergence of LTE Cat 1 platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Sequans Communications has signed an agreement with T-Mobile to provide its Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform which will be used by the latter’s machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) customers, while MultiTech Systems has launched a 4G-LTE Cat 1 version of its award-winning SocketModem Cell.

The Calliope LTE Cat 1 features Category 1 throughput up to 10 Mbps, ultra-low power consumption, and supports VoLTE and location-based services.

Sequans was the first chipmaker to introduce and commercialize the LTE Cat 1 technology, and the Calliope chipset and IoT-ready module are now certified and available for use on T-Mobile’s network. The platform enables a wide range of industrial and consumer IoT applications, including asset tracking, alarm systems, telematics devices, retail applications, smart utility meters and more.

Sequans’ operator-approved Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset platform is an award-winning LTE for IoT chipset solution that is highly optimized for M2M and IoT applications.

The SocketModem Cell is aimed at lifetime IoT applications that require lower data rates (2G replacement) as well as and battery- or solar-operated devices. It offers upload data rates of up to 5 Mbps and download data rates of up to 10 Mbps, and offers 4G-LTE, 3G-HSPA+, Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA, and now LTE Cat 1 functionality..

The modems are based on industry-standard open interfaces and use MultiTech's Universal Socket design which allows developers to add wireless communication to products with high reuse of hardware footprint, software integration and certifications, thereby minimising development time and expense.

Doug Chartier, senior vice president, IoT, wholesale and national retail at T-Mobile, said: “The Sequans LTE Cat 1 technology, paired with T-Mobile’s fast, nationwide 4G LTE network, helps meet the industry-leading cost and power benefits that our customers demand for the IoT and M2M applications of today and tomorrow.”  Daniel Quant, VP of product management at MultiTech, said: “Users of the new LTE Cat 1 device will benefit from a lower cost, competitive with 2G GPRS or 1xRTT devices, as well as reduced power consumption when compared to earlier LTE devices designed for broadband data speeds." in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their IoT use-cases? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

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