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August 22, 2011

NetComm Selects Sequans' 4G Technology for LTE Rollouts in Australia
By Narayan Bhat
TMCnet Contributor

Australia’s NetComm has signed a licensing agreement with Sequans Communications for TDD-LTE (News - Alert) semiconductor technology that it required for the LTE access devices designed to support national LTE operator trials and deployments.

Paris, France-based Sequans' technology will now be used in the LTE devices built by NetComm for Australia's National Broadband Network (News - Alert), as recently announced by NetComm.

Some of NetComm’s LTE devices are already based on Sequans' SQN3000 series 3GPP R8 compliant LTE technology that supports up to 100 megabits per second of throughput.

The agreement comes as a growing number of TD-SCDMA and WiMAX (News - Alert) networks evolve towards TD-LTE, offering consumers and businesses significantly increased peak data rates and throughput; low latency; extended coverage and improved cell edge data rates.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with NetComm on delivering high performance 4G wireless devices to consumers," said Georges Karam (News - Alert), Sequans CEO. "Our LTE chipsets are designed to provide super high speed LTE connectivity with very high efficiency."

The deal comes barely a day after Ericsson chose NetComm to provide the fixed-wireless terminal at customer premises for the long-term evolution (LTE) fixed-wireless component of the National Broadband Network roll-out.

"We selected Sequans' LTE chips because Sequans has a wealth of experience in TDD-LTE technology and solutions," said David Stewart, Managing Director, NetComm. "Sequans has conducted in-depth LTE interoperability testing with leading LTE equipment suppliers, and we welcome this partnership."

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Narayan Bhat is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Narayan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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