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WAYBACK Sequans News 2009- 2013
Tsinghua Unigroup Completes Acquisition of Spreadtrum for US$31.00 per ADS
SHANGHAI, Dec. 23, 2013 --
Tsinghua Unigroup acquires Spreadtrum, RDA to compete with Qualcomm, MediaTek Nov 18, 22:24
Spreadtrum Communications Inc announces receipt by Tsinghua Unigroup of regulatory approvals for merger
Reuters Key Development - Dec 16, 2013
Spreadtrum Communications Inc Enters Into Merger Agreement To Be Acquired By Tsinghua Unigroup For USD31.00 Per Share
Reuters Key Development - Jul 12, 2013
Spreadtrum Communications Inc Announces Receipt Of Acquisition Proposal
Reuters Key Development - Jun 21, 2013
Sequans Adopts Imagination's MIPS Aptiv CPUs for Next-Generation LTE Products Multi-Threaded MIPS interAptiv Cores to Enable High Efficiency Single-Mode Solutions LONDON, Dec. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that
Sequans adopts Imagination MIPS Aptiv CPUs for LTE products Press release; 20 December 2013
ZTE to release 4G terminal chip in 2014 Tuesday 17 December 2013
Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE plans to release a self-developed 4G chip early next year. The WiseFone 7510 terminal chip will be fabricated by a Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer, the Marbridge Daily writes citing a Sohu report...
Intel Confirms Mindspeed Wireless Buyout 12/16/2013
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Announces Sequans Communications Securities Litigation
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The following statement is being issued by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP pursuant to an order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York: ... a hearing will be held on April 9, 2014, at 4:45 p.m... for the purpose of determining: (1) whether the proposed settlement of the claims in the Litigation for the principal amount of $2,250,000 should be approved by the Court as fair, reasonable, and adequate...
Ministry of industry and information technology issued 4G licenses Release date: December 04, 2013
China Mobile to be allowed into fixed-line broadband market in China - state TV Weibo
Previously only China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd and China Telecom Corp Ltd, China's other two telecom networks, were able to offer fixed-line broadband. The report comes on the same day that the ministry gave 4G licences to the three networks ...Reuters · 32 minutes ago
China issues 4G licenses to telecom operators 2013-12-05 10:51:42
BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- On Wednesday afternoon, the ministry officially issued 4G licences to three of China’s biggest telecom operators: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. That means these operators now have official permission to develop commercial 4G services...
December 2, 2013 Sequans and Huawei Collaborate to Advance LTE Broadcast Technology
PARIS, France – December 2, 2013 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. is collaborating with leading LTE infrastructure supplier, Huawei, to advance eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) technology. eMBMS, also known as LTE Broadcast, is an advanced mobile data delivery technology that enables mobile operators to significantly reduce the cost of delivering high-bandwidth content such as video and audio to multiple users at one time over LTE networks. Huawei and Sequans have conducted successful interoperability tests of eMBMS technology using Huawei’s LTE infrastructure equipment and end user devices based on Sequans’ eMBMS-capable LTE semiconductor solution. The two companies successfully demonstrated the delivery of live video and audio broadcast using both TDD and FDD and observed excellent performance during several testing sessions.
Sequans and Huawei Collaborate to Advance eMBMS Technology Posted on 02. Dec, 2013
... According to Sequans, its current LTE platforms support eMBMS as defined in 3GPP, including the enhancements specified for LTE-Advanced. Sequans’ eMBMS technology supports multiple concurrent sessions for multicast traffic along with unicast traffic on both TDD and FDD LTE networks. Sequans’ solution also provides a standardized interface to third party eMBMS middleware. The eMBMS testing with Huawei was done using Sequans’ Mont Blanc LTE platform. Mont Blanc is a member of Sequans’ StreamrichLTE™ product family for high performance mobile and portable LTE devices. It supports TDD and FDD for global compatibility and delivers category 4 throughput of 150 Mbps in the downlink.
Huawei demos LTE Broadcast in Asia with Smart Communications December 2, 2013
Huawei powers demos of LTE Broadcast, voice over TD-LTE December 1, 2013
Taiwan market: Vee TIME, Vmax enlarging WiMAX coverage Monday 25 November 2013
Vee TIME and Vmax Telecom, two WiMAX mobile Internet-access operators in southern and northern Taiwan, respectively, are expanding their WiMAX networks to a target covering 70% of the population in service areas, according to Vee TIME which holds a 72.43% stake in Vmax.
In addition to Vmax, Vee TIME has acquired a 100% stake in Tatung InfoComm, a WiMAX operator in southern Taiwan, to operate WiMAX around the whole island of Taiwan, Vee TIME indicated. Tatung InfoComm has attained 70% coverage, a minimum ratio required by the National Communications Commission (NCC), Vee TIME noted. Tatung InfoComm, Vee TIME and Vmax together have set up more than 2,000 WiMAX base stations around Taiwan, with about 50% that can be upgraded to WiMAX 2.1 through a software upgrade, Vee TIME pointed out. In order to reach a coverage of 70%, Vee TIME and Vmax have to add about 500 base stations in total by the end of 2013. Vee TIME, Tatung InfoComm and Vmax as well as Global Mobile, another WiMAX operator in northern Taiwan, plan to apply to the NCC for an upgrade to WiMAX 2.1 after attaining 70% coverage, paving the way for a shift to TD-LTE (Time Division-Long Term Evolution) in view of China Mobile's active promotion of the standard, according to industry sources.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013, 1:22pm EST Sequans Communications S.A. Announces Exercise and Closing of Over-Allotment Option
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sequans Communications S.A. (SQNS) today announced that the underwriters of its previously announced public offering American Depositary Shares (ADS) have fully exercised their option to purchase up to 1,875,000 additional ADS, representing 1,875,000 ordinary shares. Including these additional 1,875,000 ADS, Sequans’ recent offering totaled 14,375,000 ADS at a price to the public of $1.80 per ADS. The sale of these additional ADS closed on December 5, 2013. Including the proceeds from the sale of these additional shares, the aggregate net proceeds to the Company from the public offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, are approximately $23.4 million.
Sequans Communications S.A. Announces Pricing of Underwritten Public Offering of American Depositary Shares 11/21/2013 ... net proceeds of approximately $20.4 million, assuming no exercise of the overallotment option. The offering is expected to close on November 26, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.
Sequans gains three new contracts for EZLinkLTE modules Thursday 14 November 2013
Sequans Communications has announced its pre-certified EZLinkLTE modules have been selected by three manufacturers, all first-time customer for Sequans, to power new tablet and mobile PC devices for the US market. EZLinkLTE is Sequan's suite of single-mode LTE modules that combine baseband, RF and key interfaces in a single package. Sequans' VZ20Q and VZ20M EZLinkLTE modules are certified compliant with Verizon Wireless Open Network specifications and operate on LTE bands 4 and 3.
M/A-COM to acquire Mindspeed 13 November 2013
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. will acquire semiconductor company Mindspeed Technologies Inc. in a $272 million deal, with the company’s wireless business to be sold off or wound down... Mindspeed made big news last year when it acquired Picochip, which designed semiconductors, software and system-on-chip solutions with a specialization in femtocells and WiMAX. That acquisition was to position Mindspeed as an early leader in the small cell market. Now, however, M/A-COM said that Mindspeed is in “advanced discussions” with a buyer for its wireless unit, which it intends to sell before the acquisition transaction with M/A-COM closes. The transaction is expected to close in December, according to M/A-COM’s recent quarterly call with investors.
Mindspeed Announces Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by MACOM for $5.05 per Share Tue Nov 5, 2013
UQ Communications to launch triple-mode router on 31 October 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications has announced that Japanese broadband provider UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX joint venture with Intel Capital, East Japan Railway Company, Kyocera, Daiwa Securities Group and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, will launch the new Huawei Wi-Fi Walker HWD14 router on 31 October, to coincide with the deployment of its WiMAX 802.16m network, dubbed ‘WiMAX2+’. According to a press release, the router will feature what Sequans Communications claims to be ‘the first triple-mode’ capability; it will simultaneously support WiMAX 802.16e, WiMAX 802.16m and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technologies...
Rumor: China Mobile to Procure 50 Mln TD-LTE Terminals in 2014 Sohu IT, 10/15/13
China Mobile may procure 40 million TD-LTE smartphones in 2014, say Taiwan makers DIGITIMES Friday 11 October 2013 ... China Mobile in early 2013 planned to procure one million TD-LTE terminal devices including smartphones, Mi-Fi devices and dongles in 2013, but finished procurement of fewer than 200,000 units during the first three quarters, the sources indiacted, addin the firm is expected to procure more than 800,000 TD-LTE terminal devices in the fourth quarter.
Sequans Communications sees continuing demand for LTE and WiMax-LTE chips from emerging markets
By Juan Pedro Tomás - Monday, October 28, 2013
French chipmaker Sequans Communications continues to see demand for both single-mode LTE solution and dual-mode WiMax-LTE solutions in emerging markets, president and CEO...
Fujitsu says SAYONARA to smartphone chip JV Splits with NEC, NTT on attempt to take on Qualcomm
By Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
Intel Ships Multimode XMM 4G LTE Modem for Mobile Devices Posted 2013-10-31
Broadcom to buy LTE assets from Renesas Electronics Wed Sep 4, 2013 10:56am EDT
(Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Broadcom said it is buying Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics' LTE-related assets for $164 million to speed up its launch of next-generation communications technology. Broadcom's chips integrating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology are used in Apple's iPhone and other top-tier smartphones and tablets.
Intel buys Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless Products Wednesday 14 August 2013
Intel purchased a unit of Fujitsu, called Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless Products, a specialist in RF transceiver technology, in a bid to increase its LTE and overall mobile expertise, an Intel spokeswoman confirmed to FierceWireless. Intel spokesman Cara Walker said that the deal closed last month.
Intel snaps up Fujitsu Wireless to improve LTE offerings – but Qualcomm still rules the industry By Joel Hruska on August 15, 2013
Published On :Tue, Aug 13,2013 Intel's surprise mobile acquisition? Fujitsu Wireless has developed probably the most advanced multimode LTE RF transceiver Experts | Will Strauss
USA: Late last month, Intel quietly acquired Tempe, Arizona-based Fujitsu Semiconductor Wireless. To my knowledge, no news announcement has been made, but this is a very important move for Intel as Fujitsu Wireless had developed probably the most advanced multimode LTE RF transceiver available in the open market...
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Why Modem Emphasis (rather than Application Processors)? Posted on November 25, 2013 by Administrator
> Intel2 Fujitsu Heritage Shipping w/Sequans

May Wireless Update Posted on May 31, 2013 by Administrator
Intel: Third Time is a Charm (or is it the Fourth?)
... But, the application processor is only part of the solution for a successful smartphone chip offering. Multimode LTE modems and LTE RF transceivers are also necessary. Yes, the Infineon-heritage RF transceivers have been fielded in Motorola LTE smartphones, but we’re still waiting for Intel’s multimode LTE modem. It’s our understanding that the Infineon-heritage multimode 2G/3G/HSPA+ (based on CEVA’s DSP cores) will be married to the Blue Wonder-heritage single-mode LTE (based on Tensilica’s DSP cores). Since the software between the two is not compatible, we expect that has led to integration problems and subsequent delays.

July Wireless Update Posted on July 18, 2012 by Administrator
U-blox Bulks up in LTE
No longer content to be just a major player in GPS/GNSS chips and modules, Switzerland-based u-blox has acquired U.K.-based Cognovo, Ltd., a provider of LTE baseband IP. At MWC’12, Cognovo was the only company demonstrating a real LTE-Advanced baseband chip. The Swiss company’s April acquisition of LTE software stack provider 4MWireless now makes sense. Since the MWC’12 demo highlighted Cognovo’s LTE modem that employed the 4MWireless (level 2/3) stack, u-blox’ initial acquisition of 4MWireless was obviously the first step in a well-thought-out plan. Rather than going head-to-head against the major LTE modem houses that major in cellphones, it appears that u-blox intends to primarily address 4G modems employed for machine-to-machine (M2M) module applications instead.,2817,2416277,00.asp
Intel, ZTE Partner on Next-Gen Smartphones March 5, 2013... In addition to ZTE, the chip giant said Asus, Lenovo, and others would be building Android-based smartphones and tablets powered by Clover Trail+ chips... It wasn't clear if ZTE plans to incorporate the XMM 7160 into future Atom-based smartphones.
Test Driving TD-LTE Advanced 9/30/2013
I was invited by SoftBank Mobile to experience the world's first trial network supporting TD-LTE Advanced technology in the 3.4-3.6GHz band. I must say the drive demo was quite impressive. We drove through crowded Tokyo streets and saw the density of SoftBank's network of rooftop LTE antennas, with a live measurement of average download speeds of 500 Mbit/s and peak download speed reaching 770 Mbit/s. Huawei helped build the SoftBank pre-commercial TD-LTE Advanced trial network I experienced in Tokyo's densely populated Ginza district... SoftBank also demonstrated a prototype five-carrier aggregation technology for TD-LTE that can provide a maximum download speed of 1.2 Gbit/s. When deployed in combination with ultra-wideband RRUs, this network can support instantaneous bandwidth of more than 100 MHz and can be customized on demand to accommodate new spectrum as it becomes available. But the real key to the trial demo was the use of small cells and more than 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, with advanced interference-cancellation technologies that improve quality and performance even at the cell edge... A large and strong vendor ecosystem of vendors also supported this 3.5 TD-LTE Advanced workshop, including Huawei, Ericsson, NSN, ZTE, Hitachi, Qualcomm, Airspan, Telrad (Alvarion), Alcatel-Lucent, Datang Mobile, Altair, and Sequans.
Rumor: China Mobile's WLAN Procurement Stalled C114, 9/18/13
According to an industry insider, China Mobile's 2012 WLAN equipment tender has stalled, possibly due to differences of opinion between the company's procurement department and its network construction department. The WLAN tender for 1.5 mln access points (APs) was launched in 2012, with China Mobile announcing 10 qualified suppliers in May 2013. Following the release of the tender results, the selected manufacturers have yet to receive any WLAN equipment orders from China Mobile, leading to speculation that the procurement has stalled. Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "China Mobile Announces 2012 WLAN Equipment Bid Results" MD 5/13/13 issue.
Verizon Wireless certifies Sequan LTE module Tuesday 17 September 2013
4G chipmaker, Sequans Communications has announced that Verizon Wireless has certified its VZ20Q LTE module. The VZ20Q is based on Sequans' Mont Blanc LTE platform and is part of its EXLinkLTE suite of modules, designed specifically for Verizon Wireless' network. The VZ20Q includes a complete dual-RF front end for LTE bands 4 and 13, LP-DDR SDRAM, embedded boot Flash, and VC-TCXO in a single, surface-mountable and compact package.
China Telecom 4G Equipment Tender Blocked by MIIT Updated:2013/9/5 17:56
Japan's LTE-A network trial reaches max speed of 770 Mbps Thursday 12 September 2013
Huawei said the world first's 3.5 GHz LTE-A trial network it helped build has showed it can support a maximum download speed at 770 Mbps and an average speed of 500 Mbps. The maximum speed was achieved using technologies like Carrier Aggregation (CA), Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) and Cloud BB (Baseband), also found to be effective for solving weak coverage issues and co-frequency band interference. The demonstration was held in late August by Japanese mobile operator SoftBank in Tokyo's Ginza district. The demonstration was hosted by the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI). Attendees included representatives from China Mobile, SoftBank, UK Broadband, the WiMAX Forum, and chipset companies. SoftBank also demonstrated a "five-carrier CA" technology for LTE TDD on the 3.5GHz band using a prototype system that can provide a max 1.2 Gbps download speed when run on Huawei's Ultra-wideband RRU (Remote Radio Unit). When deployed, a combination of Ultra-wideband RRUs can support more than 100MHz instantaneous bandwidth and can be customised on-demand to accommodate new spectrum as it becomes available. Japan is expected to allocate further spectrum from the 3.4-3.6 GHz band by 2015.
Broadcom to buy LTE assets from Renesas Electronics Wed Sep 4, 2013
(Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Broadcom said it is buying Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics' LTE-related assets for $164 million to speed up its launch of next-generation communications technology. Broadcom's chips integrating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology are used in Apple's iPhone and other top-tier smartphones and tablets.
Broadcom currently expects the deal to hurt adjusted per-share earnings by about 12 cents a share in the quarter ending Dec. 31, and detract by 10 cents to 15 cents for 2014. It expects the transaction will add to earnings beginning in 2015. The deal is expected to close early in the quarter ending Dec. 31. Separately Tuesday, Broadcom narrowed its view for the third quarter, now expecting revenue between $2.075 billion and $2.175 billion, from its prior view of $2.05 billion to $2.2 billion
Broadcom said the deal will help it accelerate development of its first multi-mode LTE SoC, which is expected to launch in early 2014. The acquisition includes a dual-core LTE SoC that is ready for volume production and has been validated by operators in North America, Japan and Europe. Broadcom also receives patented technology and experienced engineers in multimode, multiband, LTE-A/HSPA+/EDGE modems, including support for emerging features such as carrier aggregation and VoLTE.
Rumor: TD-LTE Suppliers Unhappy with China Mobile 4G Tender
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China Mobile to Purchase More 4G Terminals MENAFN - - 9/2/2013 7:36:42 AM
BEIJING, Sep 02, 2013 (Menafn - SinoCast Daily Business Beat via COMTEX) --China Mobile Ltd. will kick off a new round of TD-LTE terminal procurement this month. Earlier round in the second quarter has received warm feedback while the latest round will be more warmly welcomed. The top mobile carrier purchased 200,000 TD-LTE terminal equipments in earlier round. The scaled terminal procurement will bolster up maturity of TD-LTE terminal and chip market. There will be at least ten TD-LTE dual-standby mobile phones customized by China Mobile in the second half of 2013, let alone smart phones under its own brand. Source: (September 02, 2013)
China Mobile to Start New Round of TD-LTE Terminal Tenders Sina Tech, 8/30/13
Li Zhengmao, VP of China Mobile , has confirmed that the company will initiate a new round of tenders for TD-LTE terminals in September. China Mobile procured 200,000 TD-LTE terminals in the second quarter of 2013, and plans to purchase an additional 800,000 terminals in the second half of the year. It is not yet clear if China Mobile will procure all 800,000 terminals at once in September. Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "China Mobile to Procure 1 Mln TD-LTE Terminals in 2013" MD 8/02/13 issue.
Wait for 4G license in mainland nearly over Tuesday, August 20, 2013
China's three state-owned telecommunications giants will be granted the first batch of home-grown standard 4G license TD-LTE around the October 1 National Day, Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday, quoting a portal operated by Sichuan Daily.
Domestic telecom companies can also apply for an international standard license, namely FDD-LTE, but no timetable has been confirmed, the report said. China Mobile (0941) - the largest domestic mobile carrier by number of subscribers - will be the largest beneficiary if TD-LTE licenses are granted first. Its two major rivals - China Unicom and China Telecom - are expected to rent network space from China Mobile...
China Mobile receives request to lease TD-LTE network Monday 19 August 2013
China Mobile has received an initial request from rival China Telecom for the lease of its TD-LTE network. China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua said that the two companies are still negotiating on leasing TD-LTE services to China Telecom, the Marbridge Daily writes citing a Tencent Tech report. Earlier this year, China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu said the company would consider renting TD-LTE services from its rival if it received a TD-LTE licence. China's State Council recently issued support for the release of 4G licences this year.
August 15, 2013, 2:42 P.M. ET NOK, ERIC, ALU, CSCO Can Look forward to China Mobile Plans, Say Wedge, Evercore
Evercore Partners’s Mark McKechnie also weighed in on the results today. McKechnie remarks that the company’s forecast to spend $31 billion on capital investments,...CHL has two major procurement periods – Central Procurement 1 (“CP1”) which occurs post Chinese New Year’s, mainly a top-down capex plan approved by the government and announced in the March timeframe, and CP2, the official vendor selection process which occurs in the Summer, includes technical trials and commercial negotiations and is generally communicated in the early Fall (Sept/Oct)
ZTE licenses CEVA digital signal processor for TDD/FDD LTE infrastructure August 14, 2013 | By Tammy Parker
ZTE is preparing TDD/FDD LTE multimode base station system on chips (SoCs) based upon the CEVA-XC programmable digital signal processor (DSP). CEVA claims the DSP will enable ZTE to develop a software-defined radio platform that can support multiple air interface standards, including LTE and 3G... Mountain View, Calif.-based CEVA claims it is the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores. The company has more than more than 45 baseband design wins to date, including more than 25 design wins for LTE and LTE-Advanced.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CEVA, Inc. the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, today announced that Sequans Communications, a leading 4G chipmaker, has licensed the CEVA-X1641 DSP core to power its next generation LTE and WiMAX baseband processors. .... The company's broad customer base includes Infineon, ST-Ericsson, Broadcom, Samsung, Mediatek, Spreadtrum and VIA Telecom, among others. To date, more than 600 million CEVA-powered handsets have shipped.
Only 1/3 of Bidders Win China Mobile TD-LTE Terminal Contracts Sina Tech, 8/07/13
China Mobile has awarded TD-LTE terminal contracts to 16 manufacturers, among 57 applicant manufactures, in the company's H1 2013 TD-LTE terminal tender. Manufacturers awarded contracts in the most recent tender are the same companies awarded contracts in China Mobile's H2 2012 TD-LTE tender, although the size of the tender has grown from 34,700 units to 207,000.
Telecom equipment and terminal manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) garnered only one contract from 10 submitted terminal models, while Tianjin-based Primemobi Group won one contract out of 14 submitted models. Samsung and Sony were the only foreign companies to win contracts in the current tender, wining two TD-LTE smartphone contracts apiece. Korean electronics manufacturer LG and Chinese manufacturers Hisense , TCL Communication Technology , New Postcom Equipment, and Coship were not awarded any contracts. US chipset makers Qualcomm and Marvell, who make up a combined 80% of the global chipset market, are used in 15 (Qualcomm) and 5 (Marvell) of China Mobile's procured TD-LTE models, respectively. 4 procured terminals use chipsets made by Huawei's HiSilicon Technologies, while one is manufactured by ZTE. In H2 2013, China Mobile will kick off tenders for 800,000 TD-LTE terminal units, bringing the company's 2013 TD-LTE terminal procurement to over 1 mln units.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "China Mobile Announces Candidates for TD-LTE Terminal Tender" MD 7/11/13 issue and "China Mobile to Procure 1 Mln TD-LTE Terminals in 2013" MD 8/02/13 issue.
China Mobile to Procure 1 Mln TD-LTE Terminals in 2013
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Beijing Mobile Starts Recruiting 4G Trial Users TechWeb, 7/30/13
China Mobile's Beijing branch has begun recruiting 4G trial users for the operator's TD-LTE network. Eligible China Mobile subscribers must have held a China Mobile subscription for a least one year and maintained average monthly payments of RMB 50 and have used over 50MB of mobile data each month for the past three months. In addition, eligible users may not have a history of any late payments. After submitting a RMB 500 deposit, qualifying users will receive a 4G-enabled MiFi terminal as well as a USIM card with 15GB of monthly 4G access for free. The 4G trial will last for six months, during which users must submit surveys based on their experience twice a month.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "China Mobile Recruits TD-LTE Trial Customers" MD 6/13/13 issue.
Mindspeed Technologies Management Discusses Q3 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript July 30, 2013
... our previously announced engagement of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to review our strategic alternatives and the potential for intellectual property and other litigation... First, I'm sure many of you would like to know where we are regarding the evaluation of our strategic alternatives.
As you may remember, we announced the hiring of Morgan Stanley on April 30 to assist in our evaluation.
17/07/13 14:00 Sequans Powers HiveMotion LTE Module for M2M Devices in Korea
Sequans Powers HiveMotion LTE Module for M2M Devices in Korea
4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that its Firefly LTE platform, based on its SQN3101 LTE baseband chip, has been adopted by HiveMotion, a Korean maker of mobile multimedia solutions, for a new LTE-only module for M2M (machine-to-machine) applications in Korea. The HiveMotion module, named COSMOS, combines Sequans' Firefly LTE platform with an RF front-end and key interfaces, offering device manufacturers a complete solution for the design of multiple types of LTE-enabled M2M devices for Korean mobile networks. ...The Sequans-based COSMOS LTE module is currently undergoing final certification testing with major Korean mobile operators and is expected to be in mass production in Q3. Sequans' LTE chips have already been certified in the US by Verizon Wireless and in China by China Mobile.
China Mobile Accepts Quoting for TD-LTE Equipment
BEIJING, Jul 16, 2013 --The first round quoting for bidding invitation of network equipment in the first phase expanded TD-LTE experimental network of China Mobile Ltd. yesterday ended. A person in the know revealed that totally nine companies participated in the bidding invitation, whose list is the same with last round, when 20,000 base stations were purchased.
CHINA MOBILE TD-LTE unveils procurement results 2013-07-12
CHINA MOBILE announced that the collective procurement of TD-LTE terminals during the second quarter totaled approximately 207,000 units, including 150,000 units MiFi, 30,000 data cards, 20,000 CPE2 and 6,500 mobile terminals. Twenty-two companies including ZTE, Datang Telecom and Nationz Technologies are on its supplier list, China Securities Journal reported.
China Mobile procures 200,000 TD-LTE devices Tuesday 16 July 2013
China Mobile has procured around 200,000 TD-LTE terminal devices from a number of local and international suppliers. The procurement includes 150,000 MiFi wireless routers from Huawei Device, ZTE, Nationz Technologies, Datang Telecom Technology, Desay Electronics, Fujian RuiTel Information & Technology, Rousing, Datang Mobile Communications Equipment, UTStarcom, and Primemobi, the Digitimes reports citing industry sources. Furthermore, Huawei, CSMC, UTStarcom, and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell will provide 30,000 dongles, and Huawei, ZTE, and CSMC will provide around 20,000 home-use CPE devices. China Mobile has also procured a number of TD-LTE smartphones from Huawei, ZTE, Samsung Electronics, Beijing Beny Wave Technology, Coolpad, and Sony
China Mobile procures 200,000 TD-LTE devices DIGITIMES Monday 15 July 2013
China Mobile, the largest mobile telecom carrier in China, has procured about 200,000 TD-LTE terminal devices from a number of China-based and international suppliers, according to industry sources in Taiwan.The procurement comprised of: about 150,000 MiFi wireless routers from Huawei Device, ZTE, Nationz Technologies, Datang Telecom Technology, Desay Electronics, Fujian RuiTel Information & Technology, Rousing, Datang Mobile Communications Equipment, UTStarcom and Primemobi; about 30,000 dongles from Huawei, CSMC, UTStarcom and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell; about 20,000 home-use CPE units from Huawei, ZTE, CSMC; and some TD-LTE smartphones from Huawei, ZTE, Samsung Electronics, Beijing Beny Wave Technology, Coolpad and Sony, the sources said.
UPDATE 2-Chinese state company to buy chipmaker Spreadtrum Fri, Jul 12
* Tsinghua Unigroup offers $31 per ADS for Spreadtrum
* Sweetened offer values company at $1.78 billion
* Deal offers Spreadtrum access to Chinese carriers
China Mobile Announces Candidates for TD-LTE Terminal Tender
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China Telecom to adopt FDD/TDD-LTE technology for 4G Tuesday 25 June 2013
China Mobile to promote coexistence of FDD/TDD-LTE Sunday 20 January 2013
China Mobile establishes recruitment of 4G experimental users in 13 cities BEIJING, Jun 13, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -
... Though the terminals provided in this recruitment do not include mobile phones, China Mobile is expected to send the TD-LTE smartphones to the experimental users in July, as the company's terminal supplier ZTE disclosed recently that its TD-LTE smartphones would go into domestic market next month. (Edited by Li Xiaoyu,
Sequans Communications SA ADR : Mindspeed and Sequans Deliver LTE Multiservice Gateway Solution 06/03/2013
Sequans Communications SA ADR : Sequans Introduces EZLinkLTE Family of Modules for All-in-One LTE Connectivity 05/20/2013
First EZLinkLTE module supports LTE bands 4 and 13
5,000 city users to put 4G services to the test By Zhu Shenshen 2013-5-18 May 18, 2013
Long-awaited 4G services, which provide mobile users with Internet access 20 to 50 times faster than 3G network, make their debut in Shanghai next month when China Mobile begins large-scale trials, the carrier said yesterday.... A first batch of 5,000 invited users will try 4G services starting in June. The public are expected to be able to apply for services later, probably from August....
May 13, 2013 China Mobile Announces 2012 WLAN Equipment Bid Results
China Mobile officially announced the results of its 2012 WLAN equipment tender on May 10. Ten manufacturers were selected: Beijing-based network solution provider Autelan Technology, Datang Telecom, Datang Mobile, Fujian Sunnada Communication , Fujian Star-net Communication , Guangzhou GCI Science & Technology ,
>> Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB), <<
China GrenTech Corporation , Fiberhome Telecommunication Technologies subsidiary Wuhan Hongxin Telecommunication Technologies, and Huatian Network Technology. Companies traditionally considered WLAN powerhouses — including H3C, Huawei, and ZTE — did not make the list. The tender will cover 1.5 mln access points, most of them using the 802.11n specification — 200,000 APs more than initially expected.
Rumor: China Mobile WLAN Equipment Bid Results Leaked Sohu IT, 11/30/12
An industry source revealed today that results for China Mobile's 2012 WLAN tender will be released the first week of December. The tender covers roughly 1.5 mln (mainly 802.11n) access points (AP), 200,000 more than original estimates... China Mobile currently has nearly 3 mln WLAN APs nationwide. Over the next three years, the operator will set up more than 6 mln new APs in order to meet its goal of "developing 10 major application categories, expanding to more than 100 major cities, and developing more than 10 mln actual subscribers." China Mobile opened WLAN access earlier in 2012.
China Mobile Delays Key 4G Tender May 09, 2013
China Mobile Ltd. has delayed its massive 4G LTE-TDD tender ...The tender, for 200,000 base stations in 100 cities, was originally planned to start in April, but is unlikely to be called until June...
Rumor: China Mobile Selects Four 4G Smartphone Vendors Tencent Tech, 5/02/13
An industry source has informed Tencent Tech that the results of China Mobile's recently announced 4G terminal tender for smartphones have been determined early, and that seven products from terminal vendors Huawei, ZTE , China Wireless Technologies subsidiary Yulong Computer Telecommunication (Coolpad), and Samsung, have been selected.
The 4G terminals selected through the new tender are intended for the summer market. China Mobile will reportedly procure 160,000 TD-LTE data terminals, including roughly 30,000 MiFi routers, 100,000 CPE terminals, and 10,000 TD-LTE handsets...
Huawei, Intel to set up China lab to build LTE-TDD ecosystem
KOLKATA: Chinese telecoms gearmaker Huawei and US chipmaker Intel Corp have teamed up to set up a laboratory in China for interoperability testing and faster deployments of LTE TDD -- the technology platform for 4G wireless broadband · 4/30/2012
Gilles Delfassy Joins Board of Sequans June 28, 2012
Chipmaker Sequans Communications announced today that Gilles Delfassy, wireless semiconductor industry veteran, has joined its board of directors. Delfassy was most recently president and CEO of ST-Ericsson, a world-leading supplier of semiconductors to top-tier handset manufacturers, at the helm from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he spent 28 years of his career at Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) where he created and ran the Wireless business and served as senior vice president and executive officer of the company.
May 3, 2012 DENVER and PARIS–Sequans Communications and Ubee Interactive, announced that Ubee is building new LTE devices based on Sequans’ second-generation LTE chip technology. Ubee is building several new Sequans-powered LTE devices, including USB dongles, mobile routers and desktop CPE, first for US LTE operators.
4/18/2012 LONDON – LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications SA has been working with Chinese RF chip company Nationz on the development of dual-mode TD-SCDMA/LTE chips for LTE bands 7, 38, 39 and 40, specifically for the Chinese marketplace.
The collaboration is yielding multi-band, multi-mode devices of several types, including mobile routers, CPE, and USB dongles. Initial products will become available around the middle of the year.... Nationz Technologies Inc. (Shenzhen, China) offers RFIC transceivers in the 1.2-GHz to 2.8 GHz frequency range, covering dual-mode LTE/TD-SCDMA technologies.
... Nationz, formerly known as ZTE IC Design Co. Ltd., is one of more than 90 fabless chip companies profiled in the China Fabless Profile and Database report produced by EE Times Confidential.
Nationz Scales Up Production of TD-LTE Chips CCTIME, 4/20/12
In a public filing released today, Chinese security and telecommunications chip manufacturer Nationz Technologies announced that it has begun large-scale production and small-scale shipments of multi-mode (TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/TD-SCDMA/HSPA+) multi-band (1.4GHz-2.7GHz) TD-LTE radio chips. The company has also completed design for multi-mode, multi-band data card/Wi-Fi/CPE terminal solutions and products in partnership with LTE baseband chip companies, and will provide these to TD-LTE terminal manufacturers for use in products to be reviewed in the second phase of China Mobile's laboratory testing of TD-LTE products, and for large-scale production for the commercial trial phase of TD-LTE testing.
2/27/2012 BARCELONA – ...Qualcomm and HiSilicon announced multi-mode chipsets that support both the FDD and TD flavors of the LTE. Separately, China Mobile pledged to launch a converged TD/FDD LTE network this year in Hong Kong and Vodaphone expressed support for the technology.
NEW DELHI (India Telecom) – December 8, 2011 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that Telenet Systems, a Mumbai-based designer and manufacturer of communications products, will build TD-LTE USB dongles and desktop CPE based on Sequans’ new generation LTE semiconductor solutions. The new devices will be used in TD-LTE operator trials and commercial deployments coming soon in India.
ZTE sells down Nationz stake 2011-08-25
ZTE said it's sold part of its 13.55 percent stake in Chinese chipmaker Nationz Technologies. ZTE said the stake was not large enough for it to exercise any control over the company, so the shares were sold on the Shenzen market. ZTE expects to book a pretax gain of CNY 141 million from the sale of the shares, after already booking a similar gain of CNY 142 million in the first half. It still holds a 10.40 percent stake in Nationz.
- Jun 17, 2011 Nationz Technologies Inc., an integrated circuits and chipmaker, dropped 3.1 percent to 25.60 yuan, its lowest close since listing in April last year. ZTE Corp. , China’s second-biggest phone-equipment maker, said it sold 2.6 million shares of Nationz Technologies for a net pretax gain of about 42 million yuan ($6.49 million)
May 17, 2011 Sequans Communications S.A. and Ericsson have entered a TD-LTE development collaboration agreement.
“Our cooperation with Ericsson will yield valuable results for the LTE ecosystem,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Ericsson is a leader in 4G LTE and an important company for Sequans to work with. Both our companies are focused on developing LTE technology, specifically for the major TD-LTE operator trials coming soon to India and elsewhere.”
Motorola's Shanghai Hope
Motorola Inc. claims that its deployment of TD-LTE in Shanghai for China Mobile Communications Corp. means that it is still a force to be reckoned with in the world of mobile broadband technology. Motorola was selected by China Mobile to deploy the technology in seven pavilions around the Expo 2010 fair in Shanghai. ... Motorola is using silicon from Sequans Communications for the gear and intends to supply a Long Term Evolution (LTE) USB dongle running at 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz.
4G Terminal Purchases On China Mobile's Menu This Year April 24, 2013
... The development of TD-LTE terminals is currently limited by chips. At present, overseas manufacturers like Qualcomm are able to provide chips for TD-LTE terminals; while Chinese manufacturers include Datang's Leadcore Technology, Huawei's HiSilicon Technologies, and LightSurfing.

China Mobile Seeks 4G Small-Cell Advantage April 23, 2013
....The operator is rolling out LTE TDD in three different frequency bands: at 1950MHz In Shanghai, for example; and at 2300MHz and 2600MHz in other cities.
Sprint strikes M2M deal with u-blox, targets AT&T's 2G shutdown April 22, 2013 | By Phil Goldstein
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) inked a deal with cellular module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. Sprint is seeking to cash in on the machine-to-machine market as AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and others shut down their 2G networks in the years ahead.
China Mobile Exposes 4G Commercial Terminals MENAFN - - 3/18/2013 8:31:54 AM
--China Mobile Ltd. is said to unveil the first batch of 4G commercial terminals,
The terminals to be exposed are said to include central processing elements (CPE), MIFI devices (Huawei E5375, ZTE MF91S and China Mobile's exclusive products CM510 and CM512), mobile phones (Huawei Ascend D2-TL, ZTE U9810 and Samsung I9308D) and ZTE MF820T Internet access card. Source: (March 18, 2013)
China Mobile will build a TD-LTE 4G network in China this year that will cover more than 100 cities, or about 500 million people, Xi said.
Sequans and Alcatel-Lucent Collaborate to Accelerate the Market for LTE Broadcast February 24th 2013.....
Sequans Communications SA ADR : Sequans Demonstrates Its LTE Interference Cancellation Technology in Technical Trial with Softbank 01/14/2013

December 19, 4:56 pm | By zhubj Qualcomm wins 40 pct of China Mobile's TD-LTE terminal tender
A total of 30 terminals won bids in China Mobile's recently concluded TD-LTE terminals tender, 12 of them using Qualcomm chips, giving Qualcomm a 40 percent market share among winning terminals. Nearly 10 TD-LTE chip-makers took part in the tender, but relatively few had winning bids. Sequans provides chips for four of the winning terminals; Huawei semiconductor subsidiary HiSilicon, for three of the winning terminals. In its bid specifications, China Mobile required terminals to support five modes (TDD, FDD, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and 17 spectrum brands, an area of particular strength for Qualcomm.
'Qualcomm wins 40% share of China Mobile's TD-LTE tender'
12/20/2012 05:55:05 Dec 20, 2012 (DMASIA via COMTEX News Network) -- Qualcomm has won a 40 percent share of China Mobile's TD-LTE equipment tender. A total of thirty terminals won binds, with twelve using Qualcomm chips, the Morning Whistle reports. Almost ten TD-LTE chip makers took part in the tender, but few had winnning bids: Sequans will provide chips for four terminals, while Huawei's unit HiSilicon will provide chips for three of the winning terminals.
Five TD-LTE chip makers fail CATR testing Monday 10 December 2012
Five TD-LTE chip developers have failed to meet the testing standards of the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR). Nine chip developers participated in the tests and five developers met less than 50 percent of the standards, The Digitimes writes citing a Sohu report. The nine developers were: Altair Engineering, Sequans Communications, Marvell Technology, HiSilicon Technologies, Innofidei, Chongqing CYIT Communication Technologies, Vimicro, Leadcore Technology, and Spreadtrum Communications. The tests included interoperability and performance between TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA terminal devices, TD-LTE roaming, and compatibility with PC hardware/software. Only one company met 100 percent of the standards and three met 80 percent.
December 3, 2012 China Mobile Selects Sequans to Power Devices for TD-LTE Commercial Trial Network Expansion to 13 Cities in China
Sequans technology is operating in the China Mobile network expansion in several devices, including USB dongles, mobile routers and CPE, manufactured by Nationz and Primemobi. Nationz is China’s leading provider of RF chips and wireless devices and a company with whom Sequans has been working to develop dual-mode TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA devices for many months. Primemobi is a leading cloud computing service provider and advanced end-to-end systems integrator.
China Mobile picks 16 TD-LTE device vendors November 20, 2012
China Mobile has selected 16 vendors to supply nearly 35,000 TD-LTE terminal devices for its 4G trials in the country.
Citing a source familiar with the situation, SinaTech said the Chinese mobile giant, which launched the procurement tender in September, has purchased 34,700 devices for the TD-LTE network tests in 13 cities across the nation. Financial details of the deal are not disclosed.
Seven vendors, including Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Qingdao-based HiSense, will provide 12,400 units of TD-LTE data card, which are scheduled for four shipments between October to March, 2013. Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, together with ZTE and seven other vendors, will also supply 11,600 MiFi wireless Wi-Fi modems. Huawei, ZTE and Samsung will supply 300 dual-mode TD-LTE/TD-SCDMA handsets. Seven vendors, including ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell will also provide CPE modules for China Mobile.
Modacom is using Sequans LTE chips Posted: October 25, 2012 PARIS, France – October 25, 2012 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications announced that Modacom, has adopted its LTE chips to design LTE user devices.
World's first mobile hotspot prototypes debut at 5th GTI workshop in Dubai United Arab Emirates: October 21 - 2012
... In particular, the world's first global roaming enabled Multi-Mode Multi-Band mobile hotspot prototypes supporting five modes (LTE TDD/LTE FDD/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM) and eleven bands (Band 38/39/40/41/3/7/34/1/2/5/8) developed by Quanta and Gemtek were exhibited at the workshop. Later, GTI will perform a testing on the commercialization of the products
Clearwire, Qualcomm team up on multi-mode LTE chipsets May 8, 2012 | By Phil Goldstein
Clearwire and Qualcomm struck a partnership in which Qualcomm agreed to add support for Clearwire's TD-LTE frequency to its multi-mode LTE chipsets. Qualcomm said it will support the frequency by adding the 3GPP's Band 41 (B41) radio frequency to its line of multi-mode LTE chips. The silicon vendor said LTE chipsets supporting the B41 band in combination with other LTE FDD/TDD bands are scheduled for commercial availability later this year.
Sequans, Clearwire collaborating on TD-LTE devices May 7, 2012 | By Tammy Parker
Sequans Communications and Clearwire are expected to announce today a collaboration agreement targeted at accelerating the availability of devices for Clearwire's planned TD-LTE network. The companies, which aim to also optimize the user experience for Clearwire's customers, will collaborate on performance testing and certification, standards development and the creation of devices to support multi-band, multi-mode TD-LTE and FDD-LTE solutions
Sequans, Nationz team up on LTE chipsets 4/18/2012
LONDON – LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications SA has been working with Chinese RF chip company Nationz on the development of dual-mode TD-SCDMA/LTE chips for LTE bands 7, 38, 39 and 40, specifically for the Chinese marketplace. The collaboration is yielding multi-band, multi-mode devices of several types, including mobile routers, CPE, and USB dongles. Initial products will become available around the middle of the year.... Nationz, formerly known as ZTE IC Design Co. Ltd., is one of more than 90 fabless chip companies profiled in the China Fabless Profile and Database report produced by EE Times Confidential.
March 02, 2012 Gemtek Builds LTE USB Modem Using Sequans' LTE Technology... The new LTE USB modem makes use of Sequans’ SQN3120 LTE baseband chip and SQN3140 companion RF chip.
February 27, 2012 Sequans Announces New LTE Reference Designs for Wireless Device Makers
FDD and TDD USB dongle designs first available
February 27, 2012 Sequans' Second Generation LTE Semiconductor Technology Adopted by Seowon Intech for Three New LTE End User Devices
Seowon Intech, a Korean manufacturer of consumer electronics devices, has produced three LTE end user devices based on Sequans' new generation LTE semiconductor solutions.
Sequans’ second-generation LTE semiconductor technology adopted by Gemtek for new LTE device
Gemtek’s High Gain LTE USB Modem on display at Mobile World Congress
BARCELONA, Spain — February 27, 2012 — Gemtek, a leading provider of broadband wireless solutions, has built a new LTE USB modem based on Sequans’ new generation LTE technology. LTE connectivity in the device is powered by Sequans’ SQN3120 LTE baseband chip and SQN3140 companion RF chip, and the device is planned for use in global TD-LTE markets, including India, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia. Gemtek’s new LTE USB Modem is the first of several LTE devices Gemtek will build using Sequans’ LTE semiconductor solutions.
China Mobile selected Sequans to provide TD-LTE chips and USB dongles for the ground ... in LTE semiconductor technology and support all networks worldwide, FDD and TDD

Sequans says Clearwire reliance is coming to an end - Rethink … LTE revenues are ramping at French chip maker Sequans, to overshadow WiMAX ... to above 3.5GHz, in TDD or FDD mode. ... while last week Sequans tied up a deal to use Fujitsu RF technology with its chips, and won a deal for its chipsets in Fujitsu products. This, in turn has enabled Sequans to target almost any of the many LTE bands used around the world, from 700MHz to above 3.5GHz, in TDD or FDD mode...
"In addition to the agreement we announced with Gemtek for the LTE market in India, during Q3, we announced an LTE win with Netcomm in Australia. We were one of the first chip companies to receive MIIT certification in China, which is required in order to participate in China Mobile's large scale trials. We also announced that we had begun our first large scale trial with Huawei in Shenzhen. This success is attributable to our early decision to place our initial focus on Asia with operators planning to deploy with unpaired (TDD) spectrum.
Sequans, Fujitsu Semi team on LTE 10/20/2011 2:53 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO—Sequans Communications SA said Thursday (Oct. 20) it established a technology and marketing collaboration with Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd. for the purpose of providing customers with a comprehensive LTE product that combines Fujitsu's multimode 2G/3G/LTE RF solution with Sequans’ recently announced next-generation LTE baseband chips. The Fujitsu RF transceiver supports all major global bands and modes, including LTE bands, and will be pre-integrated and fully validated with Sequans’ LTE chips, Sequans (Paris) said. The combined solution features Fujitsu's MB86L12A 2G/3G/LTE RF CMOS transceiver and Sequans’ SQN3110 and SQN3120 baseband chips, Sequans said. The MB86L12A supports all 3GPP LTE-FDD and LTE-TDD bands. The SQN3110 is Sequans’ new 40- nm LTE baseband chip that is 3GPP R9 compliant, supporting category 4 throughput at low power consumption, according to the company. The SQN3120 adds an integrated applications processor for portable hotspots, hostless USB modems and CPE devices, according to Sequans.

Sequans makes single chip Wimax/LTE IC. - 20/06/2012 - …
Sequans has come up with a single chip LTE/Wimax IC made in 40 nm CMOS, and is packaging it in a 10mm ... and uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 50 Mbps for LTE TDD
Sequans unveils next-generation FDD and TDD LTE chips ... today introduced three new FDD and TDD LTE baseband chips ...
PARIS, France – October 20, 2011 – 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. today introduced three new FDD and TDD LTE baseband chips, a companion RF chip, and two new LTE platforms, supporting all global FDD and TDD LTE networks. .. As a complement to Sequans’ SQN3140 RFIC and to ensure a total global solution for any and all LTE frequency bands not covered by Sequans SQN3140 RFIC, Sequans has established an agreement with Fujitsu Semiconductor whereby Fujitsu’s 2G/3G/LTE RF solution (part number MB86L12A) is combined with Sequans’ new LTE baseband solutions. The Fujitsu RF solution supports all major bands worldwide and will be pre-integrated and fully validated with Sequans’ LTE chips by Sequans.

Intel Expands Its LTE Networking Efforts - Enterprise Networking ... giant chip maker buys LTE and other networking patents from Aware, and partners with Huawei to build an LTE TDD test lab in China

MWC 2012: LTE RAN and Mobile Packet Core
Chip-maker Mindspeed Technologies demonstrated a TD-LTE small cell reference design ... saw continued momentum in TD-LTE, with Current Analysis attending Wednesday’s TDD
China Mobile-Clearwire 4G Deal to Benefit Taiwan's Equipment Suppliers 2011/09/22
Taipei, Sept. 22, 2011 (CENS)--Taiwan's electronics manufacturers as HTC Corp., MediaTek Inc. and Quanta Computer Inc. are expected to benefit from a partnership that China Mobile Ltd. and Clearwire Corp. recently built to develop multimode wireless end products and supply chain of TD-LTE mobile phones... According to Taiwanese equipment suppliers, Clearwire may retool its network to fit wireless end-user equipment embedded with WiMAX/TD-LTE dual mode before completely shifting to TD-LTE/FDD-LTE network in consideration of potential difficulty of abrupt migration to LTE from WiMAX. ..
Taiwan's suppliers of dual WiMAX/TD-LTE equipment
Stockticker Company Products
2345 Accton Networkconnectivity cards, consumer-premise equipment
2382 Quanta Network connectivitycards, consumer-premise equipment, tablet PCs
2454 MediaTek Chips
2498 HTC Smartphones,tablet PCs
3704 ZyXEL Networkconnectivity cards, consumer-premise equipment
4906 Gemtek Networkconnectivity cards, consumer-premise equipment
Sources:the companies and institutional investors
- Jun 17, 2011 1:47 AM MT
Nationz Technologies Inc., an integrated circuits and chipmaker, dropped 3.1 percent to 25.60 yuan, its lowest close since listing in April last year. ZTE Corp. , China’s second-biggest phone-equipment maker, said it sold 2.6 million shares of Nationz Technologies for a net pretax gain of about 42 million yuan ($6.49 million)
Sequans and Ericsson to collaborate on TD-LTE May 17, 2011
Sequans and Ericsson are to partner on TD-LTE development... In addition to Ericsson, Sequans is working with Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE on LTe interoperability.
Reliance Venture Asset Management exits from 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications PTI Apr 19, 2011, 05.35pm IST
MUMBAI: Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Venture Asset Management today announced its exit from France-based 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications which got listed on the New York Stock Exchange this Monday... The investment was to the tune of nearly USD 2 per share of Sequans, and the shares were sold in the US listing at just below USD 8, giving a return of close to USD 6 a share,sources said. This is the first initial public offering (IPO) on NYSE of a company funded with Indian Venture Capital. Reliance Venture invested in Sequans in 2007, along with Tier 1 investors like Alcatel Lucent, Motorola, Societe Generale Asset Management, SwissCom, CDC Enterprises, Add Partners, Cap-Decisif, Kennet Venture Partners, Vision Capital and I-Source Gestion.
Sequans Press Release Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans join forces to accelerate development of global LTE ecosystem. Feb 16, 2011
Sequans Communications today announced they are working with Alcatel-Lucent to provide TD-LTE solutions to support large scale trials and commercial deployments worldwide in 2011. Thanks to the synergy between the two companies, operators will benefit from new products developed by Sequans’ manufacturing partners that will support mass market deployment in 2011. The new products include low-cost devices such as USB dongles, indoor and outdoor CPE, portable Wi-Fi routers, connected tablet and notebook computers fully interoperable with Alcatel-Lucent network equipment that will enrich the global LTE ecosystem and contribute to accelerate its development.
Sequans has mediocre debut on NYSE April 17, 2011 | By Lynnette Luna
WiMAX and LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications saw its shares fall 18 percent on its trading debut on Friday. The company's share priced closed on the New York Stock Exchange at $8.25 per share, down from its IPO price of $10. Sequans sold 7.7 million shares, which was 1.5 million less than planned and at a lower price than its expected $11 to $13 range
Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans collaborate on LTE solutions Barcelona, Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2010 –
Alcatel-Lucent was previously selected by China Mobile to deploy China Mobile’s demonstration network at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, beginning of May, using Sequans TD-LTE chips and USB dongles at 2.3 GHz...
China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to sign 1.178 billion Euros framework agreement with Alcatel-Lucent
Paris, November 4, 2010 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it will ink three framework agreements valued in total at 1.178 billion Euros with China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom to provide network and application solutions, and integration and maintenance services.
October 19, 2010 Huawei and Sequans Establish Partnership for LTE
... Huawei and Sequans have a long history in WiMAX cooperation and have now extended their 4G technology collaboration to TD-LTE.
Huawei and Sequans to Develop TD-LTE Technology
China, Nov 9, 2010 (ACN Newswire) - Sequans Communications and Huawei have expanded their partnership to develop and mature TD-LTE technology for the global marketplace. The two companies have been working together closely for several months and recently conducted a TD-LTE demonstration in Guangzhou in preparation for the 16th Asian Games to be held there this month. Huawei and Sequans began working together on LTE when both were chosen by China Mobile late last year to contribute technology for China Mobile's launch of the world's first TD-LTE demonstration network at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai last May of this year. The network has become a successful showcase for TD-LTE in the world's largest communications market.
Sequans Latest Chips Powering Newest Mobile WiMAX Devices Michael Licata on May 26, 2010
Huawei is using Sequans latest chip set in developing the latest mobile WiMAX devices. Sequans also announced that Accton Wireless Broadband has adopted Sequan’s chips for their latest mobile WiMAX devices. AWB’s latest devices include a USB dongle and two access devices.
Sequans Technology Selected for Major WiMAX Deployment in India Feb 22, 2010 at 03:37 PM
French-based WiMAX chipmaker Sequans announced this week that they've been picked to supply WiMAX chips to PointRed Telecom, the product design subsidiary of India's Gemini Communications. PointRed recently was awarded 40% of the contract from state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)for an Indian WiMAX network deployment. WiMAX equipment providers Alvarion and ZTE are also involved. Once deployed, BSNL's multi-state network promises to be the largest in the world with 7,000 base stations delivering commercial broadband and e-governance services across several Indian states... Sequans is providing WiMAX semiconductor solutions to PointRed for several WiMAX devices, including USB dongles, simple WiMAX modems, Wi-Fi/WiMAX/VoIP modems, and outdoor units... PointRed is a leading wireless product design company and over the last decade has shipped its products to 45 countries for more than 120 mobile operators worldwide. The company is based in Bangalore India.
Sequans Teaming with CEVA To Power Baseband Processors Wed, 02/10/2010
M4S, pronounced as M-Force, is a fully-owned subsidiary of Huawei (see, a leading telecom solutions provider. We use a fresh approach to the development of RF chips for multi-standard wireless communication in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.
Huawei acquires 4G RF chipset firm Posted: 02 Dec 2010
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd is buying 4G chipset maker M4S NV, an IMEC spin-off that was formed in 2006 to commercialize IMEC's ADRES parallel processing DSP technology for use in software-defined radio. After M4S was spun off from IMEC, it tried to raise funds but eventually became a subsidiary of USB dongle and data card s..
Huawei buys IMEC spin-off for $10 million Peter Clarke 12/1/2010
LONDON – Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire IMEC spin-off company M4S NV, from Option NV, a supplier of wireless broadband equipment, subsystems and software. M4S was spun off from IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) in 2006 to commercialize IMEC's Scaldio scalable radio transceiver for use in software-defined radio. M4S (Leuven, Belgium) subsequently tried to raise funds but eventually became a subsidiary of USB dongle and data card supplier Option NV (Leuven, Belgium). Huawei (Bantian, China) is acquiring all of M4S as part of a cooperation agreement with Option to develop mobile broadband technology for Europe, the company said. The purchase price was 8 million euro (about $10.5 million), according to Will Strauss, principal analyst with Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.).
Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola Ventures invest in Sequans Anne-Francoise Pele 11/19/2009
PARIS — French WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (La Défense, France) announced that Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola Ventures, the investment arm of Motorola, led a round of financing to foster the company's Long Term Evolution (LTE) development program. Financial details remained undisclosed.
This is not the time Alcatel-Lucent has expressed interest in Sequans Communications. In February 2007, telecom equipment provider Alcatel-Lucent made a strategic but undisclosed investment in Sequans. This investment was an extension to the $24 million Sequans raised in third round funding in 2006 that brought total venture capital backed funding to $32 million.
In February 2008, Sequans also raised $28 million in a fourth round of equity-based and convertible debt financing.
Sequans gets Motorola and ALU support for LTE push By CAROLINE GABRIEL Published: 20 November, 2009
Because of the technological similarities between WiMAX and LTE, specialists in the former platform have argued that they will have a headstart in the second 4G standard too - especially in its TDD mode, favored in China and likely to become an increasingly important aspect of the LTE map as operators look for more TDD spectrum to support data-intensive applications. Motorola, in particular, has used its TDD WiMAX expertise to gain an early position in LTE trials such as China Mobile's, but a smaller 802.16 player, Sequans of France, is also reaping the benefits of its track record, attracting funding from Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola for its LTE development program.
Sequans Hires New VP of Marketing and Business Development Craig Miller, Formerly of Intel and NextWave Wireless, Joins Leading WiMAX Chipmaker June 09, 2009 04:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time
CUPERTINO, Calif. & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sequans Communications, the world’s leading WiMAX chipmaker, has appointed Craig Miller to the position of vice president of marketing and business development, where he will work closely with the executive team on strategy development and will head Sequans’ marketing and business development programs. Miller spent 18 years at Intel in various marketing and business development roles and most recently was VP of product management and marketing at NextWave Wireless.
Posted: March 25, 2009 Sequans Speeds Tapeout of 65-Nanometer Mobile WiMAX Single Die Baseband Chip With Cadence Low-Power Solution (Nanowerk News) Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that Sequans Communications, an industry leader in fixed and mobile WiMAX chipmaker, has used the Cadence® Low-Power Solution to implement innovative power-efficient design techniques into its newest 65-nanometer Mobile WiMAX baseband and RF single die chip, the SQN1210, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Sequans' new chip represents another milestone reached in advancing WiMAX technology, as it integrates baseband and triple band RF into a single die, and does not require an external DRAM memory bank, resulting in even more area savings for system integrators. In addition, the chip is capable of operating at 600MHz while still operating with minimal power consumption of less than 350mW, with fully loaded MIMO traffic. During standby mode, the chip's total power drops to less than 0.5mW, leading to prolonged battery life for devices powered by the chip. The Cadence Low-Power Solution contributed to these innovative low power achievements...
Chuan Wei and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy Cambodia's first WiMAX Rev-e network 03 March 2009
Following an agreement with Chuan Wei (Cambodia) Co Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent will be providing Cambodia with a nation-wide WiMAX Rev-e (802.16e-2005 standard) wireless broadband network, the first in the country. The service should launch in mid 2009. Alcatel-Lucent is providing a complete turnkey solution for WiMAX, including integration, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance services. Chuan Wei, part of the Thai Boon Roong Ltd conglomerate, requires the solution to meet its target of serving one million subscribers, roughly 80% of the country's business and enterprise population, within two years of launch.
D-Link inks pact with Alcatel-Lucent for WiMaX by CNME Staff - November 5th, 2008
The interoperability tests will be conducted at Alcatel-Lucent’s premises in France together with their counterpart in Taiwan, which, in their quest of paving the way for a WiMAX ecosystem, have opened a WiMAX IOT earlier this year. “The IOT agreement
Nov 28, 2006 Motorola invests in Sequans By Dan O'Shea
Sequans provides base station and subscriber station chips, and plans to deliver a Mobile WiMAX chip for client devices in the first quarter next year that the company said is designed to exceed WiMAX Forum Wave 2 certification requirements.
Red Hotzones In China By Gerry Blackwell December 23, 2002
...One of China Mobile's biggest Wi-Fi equipment suppliers, Gemtek Systems, a company based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, but with a Taiwanese heritage, believes this could be the significance of the Chinese initiative....
China Mobile, which is 40-percent government owned, is a huge, nationwide corporation with 31 regional operating companies. Gemtek had to jump through hoops to get accepted at the headquarters level as an approved supplier to the regional companies...
Gemtek attributes its success with China Mobile -- its first major contracts since being spun off as a separate entity in the summer by Taiwanese parent Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd. -- largely to the fact that it builds "carrier class" Wi-Fi network equipment...
The pace of the roll-out is not known even to Gemtek: "China Mobile likes to play its cards close to the vest." The four projects will involve placement of hundreds, possibly thousands, of access points in hotels and office buildings. The only thing Gemtek can or will say for sure is that about 35 access points will be deployed by the end of 2002.
How much money is the business worth? Gemtek isn't saying. But it does say that based on its success with Guangdong Mobile, it has a reasonable chance of succeeding with the other 30 regional China Mobile operating companies, many of which are gearing up to begin roll-outs in the first quarter of 2003.
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