Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent, Sequans to accelerate development of global LTE ecosystem

Mobile World Congress 2011, BARCELONA, SPAIN: Sequans Communications announced that it is working with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to ready TD-LTE solutions in all frequency bands, to support large-scale trials and commercial deployments worldwide in 2011, including China and India.

Thanks to the synergy between the two companies and advanced interoperability testing (IOT) between Sequans’ 4G/LTE chipset and Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE infrastructure, operators will benefit from new products developed by Sequans’ manufacturing partners that will support mass market deployment in 2011.

The new products include low-cost devices such as USB dongles, indoor and outdoor CPE, portable Wi-Fi routers, connected tablet and notebook computers fully interoperable with Alcatel-Lucent network equipments that will enrich the global LTE ecosystem and contribute to accelerate its development.

”As numerous LTE operators prepare to scale their networks, Sequans and Alcatel-Lucent’s TD-LTE solutions are providing an accelerated time-to-market solution in response to the dynamic demand of operators who are looking for a diverse selection of high-performance, economical devices to unlock new revenue streams and innovative 4G business models,” said Doug Wolff, VP, 4G LTE Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent.

“Our collaboration with Sequans supports our efforts to foster a rich and open LTE ecosystem of devices that are fully integrated with our leading end-to-end LTE solution. Our joint efforts will leverage both companies’ capabilities to address the high growth potential of TD-LTE in China and India.”

“By working with Alcatel-Lucent, we are extending our TD-LTE leadership by optimizing the performance and features of our LTE chipsets, enabling our manufacturing partners to supply a diverse set of cost-effective end-user devices, and enabling operators to launch their networks successfully in 2011,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We are proud to partner with Alcatel-Lucent and are excited to work with them to provide solutions for both TDD and FDD network operators as they deploy.”

Sequans and Alcatel-Lucent supported China Mobile’s TD-LTE trial network at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai last year. Sequans was among the first chipset providers to support China Mobile’s TD-LTE demonstration network for the expo.

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