French Government Awards Sequans-Led Coalition Funding for 5G for Critical IoT
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | Comments

Sequans Communications received a multimillion dollar grant from the French government to support technologies the government has determined to be strategic for the national interest.

Sequans’ proposal was accepted in the information communications technology (ICT) and 5G category, aimed at securing national sourcing of strategic technology for critical connected objects in industrial, medical, scientific and other markets. Sequans will lead a consortium of seven French companies tasked with developing 5G technology solutions for these critical internet of things (IoT) applications. The funding has been made available as part of a nationwide recovery plan to mitigate the economic impact of the global pandemic.

“We are gratified that our proposal was chosen to receive this funding that will strengthen our ability to bring critically important 5G connectivity solutions with advanced capabilities to market as quickly as possible,” said Sequans CEO Georges Karam. “This award, together with the funding we have received from private 5G partnerships already in place, will enable us to intensify our efforts on development of the broadband and critical 5G IoT solutions we are currently working on. We are honored to join hands with the excellent companies making up our 5G consortium and we look forward to delivering powerful 5G solutions that will benefit our economy, our industry, and our country.”

The consortium members include Alsatis, a broadband service provider; Amarisoft, a telecom software company; CEA-Leti, France’s major technology research institute in pioneering micro and nanotechnologies; an aerospace and defense company; AW2S (Serma Group), a specialist in embedded and RF systems and telecom infrastructure equipment provider; and SNCF, the French national railway company and its subsidiary ITNOVEM dedicated to digital transition.

SNCF monitors very closely the current development towards a sovereign 5G dedicated to the needs of the company. The CRIIOT project led by Sequans fits perfectly into this trajectory.

“We are delighted to work with CRIIOT's partners to define and experiment machine-to-machine solutions and their compatibilities with our industrial constraints coming from our diverse use cases from predictive maintenance to rail network surveillance to real-time remote operations,” said Sebastien Kaiser, SNCF connectivity and networks director.

The consortium will be focused on delivering end-to-end solutions for 5G public and private networks powered by 5G release 16 and beyond with a particular focus on enterprise markets.

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