Quectel and Amarisoft to Revolutionize Adoption of NTNs for IoT


Happy Friday the 13th, readers. (A spooky October Friday the 13th, too.)

Let’s jump right into the news; good news, of course. (No superstitions in IoT here.)

I’ve written a ton about Quectel in recent memory. In fact, most of said Quectel-centric articles can be found here. From an Amazon Sidewalk-compatible module to strategic partnerships with the likes of Finite State and Morse Micro, the news keeps coming.

Speaking of strategic partnerships, we have another to cover.

IoT solutions innovator Quectel has officially partnered with 4G/5G software technology provider Amarisoft, a self-described “non-conventional, accessibility-minded company dedicated to the telecoms industry.”

Together, this Quectel-Amarisoft collab has a big goal:

Revolutionize the non-terrestrial networks (NTN) landscape. (And, though correct, the term “NTN landscape” is quite ironic, given NTNs keep us looking way above the land beneath our feet.)

NTNs, as context clues would suggest, are wireless communications systems operating above our planet’s surface. Involving LEO, MEO, GEO or HAPS systems, NTNs do a great job at filling the gaps in cellular coverage, meeting the needs for reliable mobile access connectivity without the drawbacks of ground-tethered systems. As an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) expert put it, “NTNs present novel, cost-effective and flexible network architecture that opens up the way for ubiquitous and widespread broadband connectivity.”

So, with a shared vision to empower how businesses harness the potential of NTNs, the plan from Quectel and Amarisoft entails devising testing and measurement solutions, as the announcement explained, “that cater to seamless technology deployment and enhanced user experiences,” thus solidifying both Quectel’s and Amarisoft’s positions at the forefront of what is evidently a rapidly expanding NTN market.

With NTNs, services are no longer limited to proprietary terrestrial-bound technologies. The market for NTNs has presented substantial growth opportunities for IoT industries, and both Quectel and Amarisoft look to capitalize on that.

Why? Well, namely, the ability to dependably rely on satellite-based solutions ensures that even the most remote, hard-to-access areas around the globe can now reap real benefits from robust connectivity options, impacting communication operations and accessibility on a global scale.

Per Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions:

“NTNs are gathering momentum as they become increasingly recognized as appealing options for connecting diverse types of IoT devices. We’re quite keen on helping enable this market with our portfolio of modules that support NTNs, and we’re excited to work with Amarisoft to enable its network deployment and test out new solutions, which are turning the NTN concept from theory into reality.”

And per Karim Boutihane, Sales Director, Amarisoft:

“We are thrilled to partner with Quectel in the NTN area. Thanks to the Quectel BG770 module commercialized earlier this year, we’ve been able to run NTN NB-IoT and 5G NR NTN interoperabilities tests against a commercial UE, and we’ve demonstrated that, for both companies, we’ve readied ourselves to support customers in the deployment of NTN technology.”

With expected results for private networks, telcos, DAS systems, fixed wireless, smart cities and more, Quectel and Amarisoft are proving how the sky truly isn’t the limit.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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