Alcatel-Lucent, Sequans power 4G Kit for IoT from Orange

Telecom operator Orange announced 4G Kit for IoT — powered by Sequans Communications’ LTE chipset and technical implementation by Bell Labs, a research wing of Alcatel-Lucent.

Announced at the Futur-en-Seine event in Paris, Orange, in order to stimulate interest by the IoT market in 4G connectivity, will test a limited series of 200 kits with innovation communities to deliver new services.

Developers will be able to use the kit to make use of cloud services and mobility to design a new generation of IoT devices, taking full advantage of scalable resources such as remote computing, storage, and advanced services.

4G Kit for IoT consists of Sequans’ LTE chipset incorporated into a three-band M.2 module for LTE bands 3, 7 and 20, supporting Orange’s LTE network. The module connects to a small form factor Olimex development board and includes plug-in antennas.

The kit will help understanding of the Internet of Things’ contribution to network scalability, agility and latency, as well as its role in the creation of new services, generating vital insights into future cloud and 5G requirements in the process.

“By making LTE accessible to innovation communities, we can trigger a change in the way services are designed. With unprecedented access to cloud services, connected objects can create a new ecosystem of distributed advanced services that will shape the future cloud and 5G,” said Jean-Luc Beylat, president of Bell Labs France.

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