Sequans CEO Georges Karam on working with Lockheed Martin on satellite LTE for IoT, M2M

Juan Pedro Tomas | March 14, 2019

Sequans CEO Georges Karam on working with Lockheed Martin on satellite LTE for IoT, M2M
LTE over satellite could come to play a critical connectivity role for emerging global IoT and M2M networks. Northern Sky Research estimates there will be 5.8 million M2M and IoT connections via satellite globally by 2023. This week, semiconductor firm Sequans announced it has partnered with aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop 4G satellite LTE solutions for worldwide deployment. Sequans and Lockheed Martin will enable end device users to connect to geostationary satellites. Satellite communications are already used for backhaul for some LTE systems, particularly for disaster recovery and temporary coverage applications. Satellite implementations of 2G and 3G LTE are typically proprietary, and led by satellite operators. However, Georges Karam, Sequans CEO, pointed out that the 5G 3GPP standards include satellite. “This means the industry is certainly moving toward the integration of LTE with satellite,” Karam told FierceWireless.

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