Sequans Communications, a Paris-based fabless semiconductor company that specializes in single-mode 4G wireless semiconductor solutions for the internet of things (IoT), in a recent press release statement on Tuesday, Mar. 12th 2019, announced entering a partnership agreement with Lockheed Martin, a North Bethesda, Maryland-based global leader in aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies. Both companies will be working together on the development and deployment of new 4G LTE satellite technologies. The two technology companies will empower LTE end user devices to establish a direct connection with geostationary satellites, a first so ever global achievement with wide application.
According to Scott Landis, a director at Lockheed Martin, Sequans has skills and expertise to better adapt LTE technology for special purposes such as this. Furthermore, the team at Sequans modified their existing LTE chips, upgrading them to enable a new LTE-to-satellite communication protocol developed by Lockheed Martin. The LTE to satellite connectivity is a breakthrough achievement in the mobility and connectivity field.
Moreover, industry analysts, are already highlighting satellite as a critical component of communications networks, which also includes the IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) networks, as the telecommunication industry evolves to 4G, 5G and beyond. Analysts at Northern Sky Research estimate a whopping 5.8 million M2M and IoT connections via satellite to crop up by 2023 all around the world.