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November 28, 2006

Sequans and Alcatel Bring Universal WiMAX to High-Growth Economies

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

SEQUANS Communications, a supplier and developer of fixed and mobile WiMAX semiconductor solutions has partnered with Alcatel (News - Alert) to bring Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005 to high-growth economies.

Begining Q2 2007, the partnership will enable the production of low-cost end-user devices based on Sequans’ chips and customized to the growing need of broadband access in developing countries.
The collaboration will enable end users with low average income to benefit from broadband services at an affordable price.
A combination of Alcatel’s advanced antenna technology and Sequans’ feature-rich, high-performance WiMAX silicon is expected to reduce the overall cost per user of WiMAX networks by improving coverage and capacity and enabling cost-optimized CPE.
According to Sylvie Richir, vice president of Alcatel's broadband wireless access business, the capabilities of Sequans’ chips allow for the development of very cost-effective fixed, nomadic, or mobile WiMAX CPE.
Richir said that through its open CPE policy for end-user devices and its "Broadband for All" program, Alcatel is committed to the wide-scale deployment of Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005, and hopes Sequans’ technology will help them get low-cost devices into the hands of consumers quickly.
“The market for WiMAX is developing quickly all around the globe, and we are proud to be associated with the worldwide leader in broadband deployment and a leading WiMAX player,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO in a press release.
He continued: “The world’s high-growth markets such as India will benefit tremendously from the deployment of WiMAX networks, and we are pleased to contribute to Alcatel's Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005 network deployments around the world.”
Sequans' SQN1110 mobile WiMAX chip for end-user devices boasts low power consumption, draws a mere 350mW of power, and delivers a throughput of more than 10 Mbps.
The chip can be used to develop the full range of subscriber WiMAX devices, including indoor and outdoor CPE, PCMCIA cards, PDAs, multimedia devices, and multi-mode handsets.
Operating in more than 130 countries, Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees.
Based in Paris, France, with offices in the USA, Israel and Singapore, SEQUANS Communications supplies fixed and mobile WiMAX silicon and software based on 802.16 standards.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering call centers, CRM and information technology.


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