T-Mobile Certifies Sequans Monarch Chip & Module for its NB-IoT Network

Leading telecom operator, T-Mobile, has announced the certification of Sequans’ Monarch chip and Monarch-based module, the Monarch NB01Q, for use on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network. The Sequans Monarch is one of the world’s most mature LTE-M/NB-IoT solutions with operator certifications and deployments worldwide. T-Mobile is the latest operator to certify Monarch or Monarch-based modules following other operators in USA, Japan, Korea, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

The benefits of the Monarch NB01Q module include industry-leading low power consumption, global compatibility, and a 23 dBm PA that allows for much deeper indoor coverage. New or existing customers will now be able to launch IoT devices quickly, easily, and cost-effectively on T-Mobile’s network, according to Sequans CEO, Georges Karam.

Monarch NB01Q Module

The NB01Q is based on Sequans’ world-leading Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT chip. Its key features include:

  • All-in-one, single-mode LTE module supports category NB1 (NB2 upgradable)
  • Worldwide deployment and roaming capability
  • Industry-leading low power consumption of 1 microamp in power saving mode (PSM), which enables special benefits for sensor applications on T-Mobile’s NB1 network
  • A +23 dBm/+20dBm configurable PA (power amplifier) allows for fewer repetitions and superior coverage at cell edge or in-building/underground
  • Pin-to-pin compatible with all of Sequans’ Q-series modules, including the Monarch GM01Q LTE-M module

The Monarch NB01Q is forward-compatible with Sequans’ recently released second generation Monarch NB02S module. The NB02S is a version of the NB01Q with an integrated SiM and is designed for 5G massive IoT. It is expected to be available in mid-2020.