4G chipmaker Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS) and global 4G networking solutions provider, Greenpacket, today introduced the industry’s first 4G WiMAX and LTE TDD indoor dual-mode integrated access device (IAD) solution – DA 235. The first-of-its-kind dual- mode customer premises equipment (CPE) is specifically designed to support WiMAX operators who are currently making the transition to LTE networks, enabling them to deliver uninterrupted service to their users who can be connected to either WiMAX or LTE networks. This complete and unique device solution is powered by Sequans’ dual mode semiconductor solution that integrates both WiMAX and LTE in a highly efficient, single die. Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), Southeast Asia’s first and leading 4G operator, will be one of the very first to deploy the new Greenpacket dual mode CPE in 2013.
The DA-235 is by far the most complete 4G home networking IAD that will revolutionize the next generation of wireless broadband. It has exceptional radio performance supported by adaptive MIMO A&B, switched transmit diversity (STD), maximal ratio combining (MRC) and integrated high-gain 5dBi omni antenna. These features intelligently work in perfect unison to deliver uncompromised coverage, consistency and predictable service experience. It is compliant with the latest LTE Category-4 (3GPP- R9) and WiMAX 802.16e-2009 standards, providing downlink and uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 50 Mbps for LTE TDD and combined speed of 40 Mbps for WiMAX. Additional connectivity interfaces of Wi-Fi 802.11n, 1 LAN port and 1 RJ-11 port makes the DA-235 a perfect device to deliver quad play services allowing operators to live up to expectations of their 4G promise. The DA-235 is the first of Greenpacket’s upcoming portfolio lineup of dual-mode LTE devices that will include a pocket modem, USB, and indoor and outdoor units that operate on standard WiMAX bands, 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz, and four main LTE TDD bands, 38, 40, 41 and 43.
“P1 is very pleased to make this uniquely powerful device available to our customers,” said Michael Lai, P1 CEO. “It allows us to realize our dual-mode WiMAX and LTE co-existence and LTE migration strategies very cost-effectively with the best possible seamless experience for our customers. Most importantly, it enables P1 to roll out LTE at the right time towards the path of the next generation of 4G technology.”
“P1 is a leader in establishing a dual-4G network and is successfully demonstrating its WiMAX to LTE migration strategy by using dual-4G devices, eliminating the need to replace devices as they build their LTE network and significantly reducing inventory risk,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “This is a major cost benefit, and the same benefit can accrue to any WiMAX operator adopting a dual-mode strategy. We are very pleased that our technology enables this smooth transition.”
“We are extremely excited to deliver this groundbreaking product. Greenpacket has yet again demonstrated its technology leadership in solving the biggest concerns faced by WiMAX operators globally in transitioning to LTE” said James Wang, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Strategies and Development at Greenpacket. “We have always been supportive of the WiMAX operator community needs and we will continue to take the lead in providing the best-in-class products that withstands technology transitions and well suited to the lifestyle of today’s consumers.”
The chip powering the Greenpacket dual-mode CPE is Sequans’ SQN5120, part of Sequans’ second-generation Mont Blanc LTE platform that is optimized for CPE, USB dongles and mobile routers. It is dual mode WiMAX/LTE, built in 40 nm CMOS, is 3GPP R9 compliant, supports both TDD and FDD for global compatibility, and comes in a very small 10×10 mm package that includes SDRAM. The SQN5120 is the world’s first and world’s only single die, dual-mode WiMAX/LTE semiconductor solution.
SQN5120 is the semiconductor component of Sequans’ 4Sight program, a collection of advanced coexistence technologies and solutions for operators to help them transition smoothly and cost-effectively from WiMAX to LTE. 4Sight includes dual-mode reference designs in addition to multi-radio coexistence and multimode handover technologies.
“The WiMAX Forum would like to congratulate Greenpacket, Packet-1, and Sequans on this important announcement,” said Declan Byrne, acting president, WiMAX Forum. “We believe that WiMAX/TD-LTE multimode devices provide operators with a smart and economical solution to move forward with both WiMAX and TD-LTE in a cooperative way, alongside WiFi, 3G and WiMAX Advanced, to continue to deliver value to their customers.”