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Sequans' chipset powers Bharti Airtel LTE service

Posted: 27 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Single-mode LTE CPE  Mont Blanc LTE chipset 

Sequans Communications has announced that its LTE chipset, Mont Blanc, is now powering single-mode LTE CPE (customer-premises equipment) being deployed by Bharti Airtel in India. Bharti Airtel is one of India's largest mobile operators with more than 100 million subscribers.

The CPE complies with 3GPP Release 9 specifications and provides category 4 throughput with data rates up to 150Mbit/s in the downlink. It features integrated high-gain antennas with MIMO technology, combining powerful RF circuit design, highly integrated software, network router and smart industrial design. The new CPE, manufactured by one of the largest ODMs in Taiwan, is designed to meet all the stringent requirements of SME customers, but is also for residential customers.

Diagram 1: Mont Blanc

Figure 1: FDD and mixed TDD/FDD networks using Sequans' SQN3240 RFIC

The LTE technology inside the new CPE is Sequans Mont Blanc LTE chipset platform. Mont Blanc is a category 4 single-mode LTE solution, comprising Sequans' base band system on chip and LTE-optimised transceiver, an integrated network and application CPU, a comprehensive software package, and reference designs. Mont Blanc is a member of Sequans' Streamrich LTE family of products for high performance, feature-rich LTE devices.

Diagram 2: Mont Blanc

Figure 2: DD networks using SQN3140 RFIC

"We have been working with mobile operators in India since the advent of LTE and now that LTE deployment is beginning to accelerate," said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. "We are excited to see Bharti Airtel taking advantage of the benefits enabled by LTE in providing advanced new services to their customers."

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