4G Chipmaker Sequans Communications has announced the formation of a collaborative partnership with Ericsson that will see the pair working on developing and maturing TD-LTE technologies.
Speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, Sequans CEO Georges Karam said that: “Ericsson is a leader in 4G LTE and an important company for Sequans to work with,” adding that both companies would focus on developing LTE technology “specifically for the major TD-LTE operator trials coming soon to India and elsewhere.”
Ericsson’s director for LTE, Thomas Noren, said that the Swedish vendor would be working with Sequans on the optimisation of performance, testing of new features and interoperability between the company’s LTE systems and Sequans’ UE chip technology. “We have made much progress in advancing LTE performance and interoperability and look forward to continued development success as well as driving the LTE ecosystem,” said Noren.
Earlier this year, Sequans launched an initiative geared towards streamlining 4G/LTE network transition and future-proofing 4G devices for LTE and WiMAX operators. The initiative, called “4Sight”, addresses some of the technical challenges facing operators looking to deploy 4G networks. Components of 4Sight include an integrated dual 4G band processor that supports both WiMAX and LTE as well as multi-mode handover technologies, including dual standby operation. Sequans VP for marketing and business development, Craig Miller, said that this latter feature is a foundation of the firm’s interoperability maturity that will play a key role in their future WiMAX and LTE strategies.
In addition to Ericsson, Sequans is working with Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE on LTe interoperability.