Sequans Communications is accelerating the deployment of LTE-M and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technologies in Japan through a collaboration with SoftBank. The two companies are conducting interoperability testing of Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform with SoftBank’s network equipment.
The pair 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 speeding the deployment of LTE for IoT devices on its network,” said Danny Kedar, Sequans VP of the IoT business unit.
Sequans’ single chip Monarch system integrates baseband, RF, power management and RAM. Its features include ultra low power consumption in active and sleep/idle modes, and RF filtering technology that enables a single, worldwide SKU with multi-band support for universal and flexible IoT implementation.
The SoftBank deal follows one Sequans recently struck with NTT DOCOMO in Japan to use its Monarch system to develop LTE-M devices and applications on the DOCOMO mobile network. AT&T certified the Monarch chipset for use in its own IoT modules at the back end of last year too.