Chipmaker Sequans announced a initiative designed to give WiMAX operators a streamlined approach to migrating partially or fully to LTE, both on the network and device side.
The program, called 4Sight, includes components such as a dual broadband processor that supports both WiMAX and LTE, dual-WiMAX/LTE reference designs for devices, dual-protocol stacks and software solutions, essential multi-radio coexistence and multi-mode handover technologies--including dual standby operation.
"For operators, 4Sight aims to eliminate the uncertainty surrounding which technology to deploy, and for WiMAX operators offers a smooth transition plan for moving to LTE--a path that allows them to continue to monetize their existing network infrastructure while planning to move seamlessly and cost-effectively to LTE at the point in time where the return on investment makes sense," said CEO Georges Karam in a statement. "For device makers, 4Sight aims to simplify the design of devices that will work in the complex multi-mode, multi-band network environment now emerging. Device makers will find a much shorter and easier path to creating compelling 4G products."
Sequans said its 4Sight solutions will work for any operator and for any deployment scenario. In particular, WiMAX operators planning to add or transition to LTE -- whether full overlay, partial overlay, or no overlay with their existing network--can seed the market with LTE-ready devices. These dual-4G devices can be designed and certified once and deployed anywhere in an operator's network, regardless of the network's LTE or WiMAX coverage status. These devices can handover between WiMAX and LTE and between 4G and legacy technologies by leveraging Sequans' unique dual-standby platform solution, providing a seamless user experience in any location, Sequans said.
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