From the Wires
Sequans and Alcatel-Lucent Collaborate to Accelerate the Market for LTE Broadcast
By: Business Wire
Feb. 24, 2013 07:00 PM
4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE:SQNS) announced today that it has successfully completed interoperability testing of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE infrastructure equipment with Sequans’ eMBMS-capable LTE chipsets. eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service), also referred to as LTE Broadcast, is an advanced mobile video delivery technology that enables mobile operators to significantly reduce the cost of delivering high-bandwidth content to multiple users at one time over LTE networks.
“Our LTE chips provide a robust eMBMS solution and our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent assures operators that the solution works end-to-end, and is commercially viable,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We believe that LTE Broadcast is vitally important to mobile operators and we are focused intently on optimizing this capability in our chips.”
Sequans’ current LTE platforms support eMBMS as defined in 3GPP, including the enhancements specified for LTE-Advanced. Sequans eMBMS technology supports multiple concurrent sessions for multicast traffic along with unicast traffic on both TDD and FDD networks. Sequans also provides support for architectures combining LTE and Wi-Fi, and a standardized interface to third party eMBMS middleware.
LTE Broadcast enables operators to provide new services such as video/audio coverage of live events and data offloading (for example, to push software updates), and can significantly decrease the financial and environmental cost of such services. LTE Broadcast will operate using standard LTE infrastructure and terminals, thus leveraging the existing LTE ecosystem.
“There is strong demand by operators for LTE Broadcast technology and it is important that mobile operators have a global and mature ecosystem,” said Alain Biston, Alcatel-Lucent LTE Business Unit Vice President. “Our strategic collaboration with Sequans demonstrates that we are committed to developing eMBMS and helping operators maximize their ARPU.”
See Sequans at Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, 2013, hall 7 stand G20.
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003 to address the WiMAX market, the company expanded in early 2009 to address the LTE market. Sequans’ chips are today operating in 4G networks around the world. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices throughout the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans
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