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Sequans and Gemtek Develop New TD-LTE CPE for India
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Sequans Communications and Gemtek have developed a new TD-LTE desktop CPE (customer premises equipment) aimed at the Indian market. Gemtek has created the CPE, based on Sequans’ LTE solution, for large-scale TD-LTE operator trials in India and for subsequent commercial deployments. The TD-LTE indoor CPE uses Sequans’ SQN3000 series LTE SOCs (system on the chip), which supports up to 100 Mbps throughput and 20 MHz channels, and is compliant with 3GPP standards. The device also features web-based configuration and supports VOIP and WiFi.

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS) and Gemtek, a leading manufacturer of broadband wireless solutions, have collaborated in bringing a new TD-LTE desktop CPE to market. Gemtek has developed the CPE, based on Sequans’ LTE UE chip, for large-scale operator trials in India and for subsequent commercial deployments.

“Sequans has been working with Gemtek for many years on 4G device development and we are pleased to continue our work with them on new LTE devices,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Gemtek has a reputation for delivering cost-effective, high performance devices to mobile operators and here they have delivered a sleek and powerful LTE device that is very well-designed for desktop usage.”

Gemtek’s new TD-LTE indoor CPE is based on Sequans’ SQN3000 series LTE SOCs, which support up to 100 Mbps throughput and 20 MHz channels, and comply with 3GPP standards. The device also features web-based configuration and supports VOIP and WiFi.

“We expect the new CPE to begin commercial deployment in the third quarter of 2011,” said James Ting, GM, Broadband Wireless Business Unit, Gemtek. “In the coming months, we intend to bring to market additional LTE devices based on Sequans chips, including an outdoor CPE and a USB dongle.”

About Gemtek

Gemtek was founded in 1991. The company was one of the first in the world to start offering components for wireless networks and it is currently among the world’s most significant producers in this field. The company based its expertise on experience in RF and microwave products, software development and precision manufacturing. Gemtek is headquartered in the Hsinchu industrial park in Taiwan with business offices in Europe and the United States. In total the company employs over 5,000 people and its worldwide sales reach about USD 700 million annually.

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 is based in Paris, France with additional offices throughout the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and China.