Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Verizon certifies Sequans LTE-M modules

Steve Rogerson
February 12, 2020



Verizon has launched Monarch Go and Monarch GPS, two Verizon-certified LTE-M products for companies looking to fast-track commercial deployments of wireless-IoT connected devices. The tech company is the first carrier to certify these Sequans all-in-one modem components.
 
The plug-and-play devices are based on Sequans’ Monarch GM01Q LTE-M module. Embedded with an LTE antenna and a pre-installed ThingSpace-enabled IoT SIM, the products are certified by Verizon, offering device makers a shorter route to market by eliminating the need for additional lengthy design and testing cycles.
 
“Monarch Go is an industry-first, game-changing IoT accelerator that not only significantly reduces time-to-market to the absolute minimum, but also removes risk for our customers by requiring minimal certification,” said Brian Mecum, vice president at Verizon. “Monarch Go, based on Sequans’ industry-leading Monarch technology, is powerful with key IoT capabilities, including ultra-low power consumption. It just works, and our partners appreciate this tremendously.”
 
They come with optional GNSS and Bluetooth capabilities. Monarch Go can be activated online instantly. All a user has to do is select a ThingSpace IoT connectivity plan and pay via credit card. The Monarch Go family is available in the USA, with global availability planned for later this year. Monarch Go is available through distributor Avnet.
 
“Cost and time are the two biggest barriers device makers face when deploying next-generation cellular devices to the market,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Monarch Go, on Verizon’s LTE network coupled with ThingSpace IoT platform, allows for easy connection to cloud services from third parties. We believe that this is going to be a game changer for the industry.”
 
One of the first companies to leverage the capabilities of Monarch Go is Go!Foton, an optical fibre product manufacturer. The company recently deployed an outdoor fibre terminal with on-board intelligence that adds visibility throughout the network including bi-directional in-line optical power, port engagement sensing, environmental measurements and operational monitoring, and transfers data to the network manager for notification and alarming.
 
"Monarch Go simplified the integration to Verizon’s network, which allowed us to focus on our area of expertise,” said David Chen, CTO of Go!Foton. “In one week we were able to wirelessly enable our new IoT products faster than we ever thought possible, making the OSP network visible.”