Puloli Taps Sequans and Pycom To Launch World’s First Private NB-IoT Network for Critical Infrastructure Industries

Monarch-powered Pycom NB-IoT module now certified for use in upper
700 MHz A-block spectrum

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$SQNS #ltechips–Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) announced that Puloli, Inc., a
provider of wide area IoT network connectivity services, has adopted
Sequans’ Monarch technology and Pycom’s Monarch-based GPy module to
provide NB-IoT connectivity to critical infrastructure industries.
Puloli is providing full turnkey private IoT Network as a Service (NaaS)
to its customers and is using Sequans and Pycom technology to connect
the end user devices running on its network. Puloli’s network operates
on a wide range of frequency bands, including licensed upper 700 MHz
A-block spectrum. Puloli’s end-to-end solution benefits from the
flexibility of Sequans’ Monarch technology to customize a band plan
specific to this spectrum. The Puloli network is now live in northern
Florida in partnership with a leading utility service provider in the
region. Puloli’s network elements and devices have been granted
certification by the FCC.

“We chose Sequans and Pycom technology because Sequans’ Monarch is a
world-leading mobile IoT connectivity solution with proven performance
and security and because Pycom’s GPy module is easily integrated into
end user devices and open to third party applications,” said Kethees
Ketheesan, CEO of Puloli. “Flexibility of Sequans’ Monarch platform
enabled us to customize NB-IoT over the upper 700 MHz A-block. The open
environment of the Pycom GPy module made it easy to program and as a
result Puloli was able to very quickly have devices on our network up
and running.”

“Puloli is addressing a very powerful trend in the US utility market and
is enabling municipalities and utilities to provide smart energy
services and develop new business models, benefitting utilities and
their customers,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “The results of our
work with Puloli and Pycom are now visible and we are very excited to
see Puloli’s ground-breaking network operational.”

Together with Select Spectrum, a spectrum rights consulting company, and
its utility partner in northern Florida, Puloli has launched the world’s
first-ever, stand-alone, private NB-IoT network for a critical
infrastructure industry. Remote Units based on Sequans/Pycom modules are
being deployed to support various applications. At the UTC
Telecom & Technology
conference taking place this week in Fort
Worth, Texas, Puloli and Select Spectrum are presenting details about
the new network and the services offered, and will showcase the first
FCC-certified product for this spectrum based on the Sequans-Pycom

“The 20 utilities and other critical infrastructure companies that have
already purchased upper 700 MHz A-Block licenses did so based on the
availability of a range of industrial grade, high capacity and highly
reliable radios,” said Robert Finch, president of Select Spectrum. “The
addition of the NB-IoT low cost, long range, low power devices based on
the Sequans-Pycom platform allows these license holders, and other
similar companies, to consider additional applications for these

“For smart energy, Deloitte predicts a ‘period of transformation and
profound change driven by technological and competitive forces’ and we
can now see that starting to happen in our customer base,” said Fred de
Haro, Pycom CEO. “We’re delighted that NB-IoT is gaining such momentum
and that Puloli has chosen to work with Pycom and Sequans. It’s the
first large-scale test case for Pycom’s utilities vertical using NB-IoT
network technology and it’s exciting to be part of that journey.”

Pycom’s GPy
was the first and is still the only IoT development platform that
combines LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity with MicroPython in one device.
It is the perfect enterprise grade platform for connecting things to the
Internet and offers a path to scale with a variety of easy-to-integrate
OEM modules. Sequans’ Monarch is fully integrated into Pycom’s GPy
module with a complete LTE software stack that is qualified for eNodeBs. Monarch
is the world’s most highly optimized LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform, offering
ultra-low power consumption for long battery life, accurate indoor and
outdoor positioning, and global deployment capability in a Single-SKU™.
Monarch is certified by operators worldwide.

The project with Puloli was undertaken by Sequans as part of its “Custom
Technology Solutions” initiative where Sequans experts have addressed
unusual communications challenges. In addition to this project with
Puloli addressing utility markets, Sequans has also adapted its
technology for other markets, including aviation, transportation, public
safety, and satellite. For more information see CustomTech.

Looking Statements

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a 4G chipmaker and leading
provider of single-mode LTE chipset solutions to wireless device
manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and
delivered six generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified
and shipping in 4G networks, both LTE and WiMAX, around the world.
Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized
for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and
StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M devices and other connected devices
for the Internet of Things. Sequans is based in Paris, France with
additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans
online at www.sequans.comwww.facebook.com/sequanswww.twitter.com/sequans

About Puloli

Puloli is an IoT Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) company providing private
IoT network solutions. Using a software-defined end-to-end network,
Puloli offers full turnkey IoT connectivity solutions. Puloli’s target
customers are enterprises, critical infrastructure industries, and other
verticals in need of a full turnkey private IoT solution. Puloli’s
solutions support a wide range of frequency bands with the ability to
customize channelization schemes and band plans to take advantage of
unique and non-traditional spectrum availability. Puloli’s end-to-end
system integration makes it a leading one-stop full turnkey service
provider for the private IoT industry. Founded in 2016, Puloli is based
in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.puloli.com
or email [email protected].

About Select Spectrum

Select Spectrum provides a wide range of marketing, consulting and
analytic services to buyers and sellers of spectrum rights. The company
offers licenses across 19 different FCC radio service types including
narrowband, wideband and broadband frequencies from 150 MHz to 40.0 GHz. https://selectspectrum.com

About Pycom

Pycom is a global Internet of Things technology company with a vision to
give all connected ideas an opportunity to succeed. The company has
pioneered an innovative and highly scalable IoT platform – a unique
suite of hardware and software products that connect developers,
enterprises and consumers. This creates an ecosystem between connectable
things that removes barriers and reduces time to market for everyone.
Since its launch in 2015, Pycom has attracted more than 30,000 customers
in 87 countries and has gathered more than 340,000 developers to its
global community as it helps everyone GOINVENT attractive solutions for
the Internet of Things. Visit Pycom online at www.pycom.io,
on twitter with @pycomiot or linkedin with www.linkedin.com/company/pycom


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