Sequans Collaborates with SoftBank to Accelerate Deployment of LTE-M and NB-IoT Technologies in Japan

Sequans has established a technology collaboration with SoftBank to accelerate the deployment of LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies in Japan. The two companies are conducting interoperability testing of Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform with SoftBank’s network equipment and are developing a dedicated implementation of LwM2M technology designed to streamline the device level testing process that will result in accelerating the deployment of new IoT devices on SoftBank’s network.

LwM2M (lightweight M2M) is a communication protocol for use between client software on M2M devices and server software on an M2M management and service platform. The protocol is defined by the Open Mobile Alliance and built to provide a means to remotely perform service enablement and application management for IoT devices and connected appliances.

SoftBank is a leader in promoting LTE for IoT in Japan and its efforts to make the technology ready for connecting objects of all kinds shows its commitment to growing the IoT and to accelerating the deployment of LTE for IoT devices on its network.

The collaboration is based on interoperability testing with SoftBank’s network equipment and Sequans’ Monarch LTE platform, the industry’s first and most highly optimized LTE-M/NB-IoT chip. Monarch integrates baseband, RF, power management and RAM in a single die. Its advanced features include ultra low power consumption in active and sleep/idle modes, and unique RF filtering technology that enables a true single, worldwide SKU with multi-band support for universal and flexible IoT implementation.