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Semtech Partnership with eleven-x Brings LoRa Technology to Canada

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eleven-x uses LoRa Wireless RF Technology to launch first carrier-grade low power, wide area network (LPWAN) in Canada

Camarillo, California – January 04, 2017

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced its award-winning LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology are being used by eleven-x, a software developer for wireless telecommunications, for the first carrier-grade IoT network rollout throughout Canada.

The eleven-x LPWAN uses Semtech’s LoRa Technology to offer a long-range wireless network at lower investment and power costs, and it is based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol standardized by the LoRa Alliance™ to ensure interoperability with a large ecosystem of IoT applications. It will give businesses, manufacturers and municipalities the capability to implement IoT systems that provide asset tracking, environmental monitoring, health monitoring, lighting control, and water metering for improved efficiency, quality control, crisis diversion, and decision making.

“We aim to accelerate the implementation of IoT applications by businesses and municipalities in Canada,” said Ryan Hickey, CEO and co-founder, eleven-x. “By following the LoRaWAN protocol and joining the LoRa Alliance, we are ensuring end-user sensors and applications are compatible with our IoT network.”

“LoRa Technology provides the eleven-x network a strong feature set that, coupled with the robust ecosystem of LoRa Alliance partners, will help scale IoT adoption throughout Canada,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “This network rollout is another significant step toward global IoT availability.”

The eleven-x network is currently deployed in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, Canada, and it will soon be deployed to all major cities in the country.

Semtech and eleven-x are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Key Features of LoRa Wireless RF Technology:

  • Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Geolocation: Enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption
  • Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

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About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to www.eleven-x.com.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

eleven-x lights up Canada with first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT), joins LoRa Alliance™

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December 13, 2016 – Waterloo ON – To serve the growing Canadian demand for next generation connectivity, Waterloo-based eleven-x today launched Canada’s first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT). This network, built on the LoRaWAN™ open global standard, offers private businesses, manufacturers and public institutions the necessary connectivity to gain valuable information from remote, inexpensive low power devices.

Unlike IoT services provided by traditional Canadian carriers with networks built to address voice and data, eleven-x’s network is purpose-built for IoT, offering a lower cost and lower power option, with up to 20 years battery life. This means the network is ideally suited to business, manufacturing, and municipal applications where low power consumption and cost are important factors. The eleven-x IoT network enables real return on investment (ROI) in areas such as remote and on-premises-based asset tracking, lighting control (streets and buildings), water flow monitoring and metering, health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and soil moisture and nutrient monitoring.

The eleven-x IoT network currently serves the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as the Region of Waterloo. The Company intends to roll out a national network providing coverage in all major Canadian cities.

According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion (U.S.) in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.9 percent.

“The Canadian market is ripe for innovation with respect to the adoption of IoT for businesses and government,” says Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder, eleven-x. “Our network, the first of its kind in Canada, is purpose-built for IoT and will enable businesses and municipalities to accelerate the applications and business processes that will allow them to offer new products and services and to operate more efficiently.”

Ryan Hickey, CEO of eleven-x adds, “The low cost, low power characteristics of the eleven-x IoT network will enable many use cases that currently aren’t possible with traditional cellular networks developed for high bandwidth video, data and voice applications. To enable these new applications, we are actively working with global leaders to connect their end-user sensors and applications to our network.”

“From smart metering and lighting, to traffic monitoring, to more efficient services, greater IoT connectivity holds great promise for improving life in Canadian communities. To fully realize the potential of this opportunity, Canada needs a low power, low cost network that can serve as the foundation for machine-to-machine communication. We are excited to see companies from Waterloo Region such as eleven-x stepping forward to provide the critical innovation and infrastructure required to deliver on this promise,” says Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Semtech (Nasdaq:SMTC) is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and its award-winning LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology are used in the eleven-x wide area network to ensure its compatibility with existing infrastructure and long battery life. Semtech LoRa technology is a proven solution for LPWANs and has been used in large-scale network rollouts in other regions throughout the world, such as China, France, Japan, and the U.K.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology, used in eleven-x’s vast LPWAN for Canada, is uniquely equipped to enable long range IoT networks that operate on low power and provide reliable connectivity,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By enabling IoT application deployment for businesses, city infrastructure, agriculture, medical facilities, and others, eleven-x is giving people in Canada the resources to help avoid traffic congestion, reduce waste, improve production, automate manual processes and more, through real time data transmission via the Cloud.”

eleven-x joins LoRa Alliance

eleven-x also announced today its membership in the LoRa Alliance, an open global standard for secure, carrier-grade Low Power IoT connectivity. eleven-x’s Low Power WAN network is deployed with the LoRaWAN™ protocol, based on Semtech LoRa Wireless RF Technology. The LoRaWAN protocol, followed by over 400 companies worldwide in the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability between all emerging IoT services and applications to help scale adoption.

“We welcome eleven-x to the LoRa Alliance, and look forward to their LoRaWAN network rollout in Canada, which will further extend our rapidly growing LoRaWAN ecosystem,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. “eleven-x is one of over 400 companies that support the LoRa Alliance’s goal to enable IoT by offering low power, carrier-grade connectivity that is interoperable with other networks and IoT solutions.”

About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to www.eleven-x.com.

About Semtech Corporation

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com. Semtech, the Semtech logo, LoRa and LoRaWAN are registered trademarks or service marks of Semtech Corporation and/or its affiliates.

 

LTE Over Unlicensed Bands

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Ericsson Pico Cell

Ericsson’s RBS 6402 Indoor Picocell is expected to cost about $2,000 and be available late this year. Credit: Ericsson

LTE Over Unlicensed Band (LTE-U) is gaining continuous traction. ComputerWorld reports that at the recently-held CES show, Ericsson announced the launch of small cells (Pico Cells) supporting LTE-U by the end of this year.  Now formally called LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in 3GPP, LTE-U uses the concept of LTE Carrier Aggregation to deploy the secondary carrier in the unlicensed band, and keep the primary carrier on the traditional licensed band.  In the initial phase of LAA, cellular operators are attempting to offload the growing mobile traffic load to unlicensed bands from the limited licensed bands, while providing seamless connectivity to indoor users via single core network.  To maintain reliable service connectivity, the licensed carrier maintains the control path, and distributes the data path opportunistically on the unlicensed secondary carrier.

The news article further states:

In a typical example of how LAA will work, a worker using a smartphone to watch streaming video who walks into a building while on a licensed outdoor cellular network (perhaps using 700 MHz spectrum) will have no trouble keeping the video stream once indoors. Once indoors, the user’s video stream will be automatically connected to the 6402 device, which will allow the stream to continue over an unlicensed 5GHz band.

The 5GHz spectrum is often used by Wi-Fi networks inside of buildings, but the LAA technology will automatically share traffic being switched from the cellular network with users already on the Wi-Fi network.

“You as a smartphone user might have a video conference under way and may want to access it in a seamless and unimpeded way; when you enter an LAA building with added spectrum and added end user speed, you will do nothing and it will be available to you,” said Eric Parsons, head of Ericsson’s mobile broadband radio business unit.

Though there are perceived benefits in utilizing Wi-Fi spectrum, LTE’s move towards unlicensed bands could also significantly impact the performance of Wi-Fi, without reliable interference co-ordination among the two wireless technologies. Apart from identifying the appropriate business and pricing models of deploying LTE-U versus Wi-Fi, a significant number of technical and regulatory hurdles needs to be overcome to make LTE a good neighbor of Wi-Fi. 3GPP has already started focusing on LTE LAA and plan to complete the study by June 2015. 3GPP is targeting a single global solution framework for LTE LAA as part of Release 13 specifications (by March 2016) to ensure regional regulatory compliance. It should be noted that current LTE specifications (Release 10/11/12) could support some of the markets using existing LTE air interface, but markets such as Europe, Japan and India mandate supporting Listen Before Talk (LBT) waveforms to maintain tight co-ordination between LTE and Wi-Fi.  LBT aims to provide clear channel assessment before using the unlicensed channel, and hence requires changes in LTE PHY and MAC to support adjustments in LTE air interface.  To support co-ordination among LTE and Wi-Fi using existing LTE air interface (without LBT), the eNB vendors such as Ericsson could deploy algorithms to periodically scan the configured unlicensed bands and determine the cleanest channel for downlink transmission and perform dynamic sharing of channels with Wi-Fi AP.

Another technical challenge to consider is the performance impact of LTE in multi-operator deployment in the unlicensed bands. In licensed bands, minimal co-ordination is required due to dedicated spectrum allocation to operators. In unlicensed bands, further co-ordination among LTE-Access Points would be required for efficient channel access.  UE-assisted measurements will also be required to accurately compute interference in various deployment scenarios. In addition, using DSL as a back-haul to connect small cells with the core network of cellular operator would also constrain LTE LAA in reliably meeting the QoS for the end user.

LTE LAA is an emerging trend in wireless. It would be exciting to see the business models that shape around this space and how LTE becomes a good neighbour of Wi-Fi.