While Quectel continues to lead the global cellular IoT module shipments, the recent problems with chipset manufacturers like Qualcomm may result in lower sales at Quectel in 2021.

Some Quectel customers have been quoted lead times of several months. Supply shortages in chipsets means that Quectel cannot product cellular modules quick enough to supply the current demand.

If you are having problems sourcing Quectel modules, consider one of the following products from Thales (Gemalto).

LTE CAT M1, LTE CAT NB1 and EGPRS (Enhanced data rates for GSM Evolution) Modules

 

Category M1 (or CAT M1) modules support uplink and downlink speeds of 375 kb/s in half duplex mode. LTE Cat NB1 refers to IoT devices based on the NB-IoT protocol standardized in the 3GPP Release 13 specification.

Quectel BG96

Features:

  • LTE Cat M1/Cat NB1/EGPRS
  • Maximum data rates of 375 kbps downlink and uplink
  • Global frequency bands
  • Ultra-low power consumption.

The BG96 does not have 2G fallback which is available on the EXS82 Module from Gemalto.

Thales (Gemalto) EXS62 Module

Thales's Cinterion® EXS62-W Wireless IoT Module is driving LTE evolution to 5G enabling Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity for billions of new industrial applications.

Features:

  • Leverages Qualcomm’s MDM9205 Modem and the mature LTE ecosystem to deliver global LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity.
  • Ready for 3GPP Rel 14 and 5G

Enhanced with Thales security and value-added features, the platform is ideal for small, battery-operated devices in remote locations such as smart meters, asset trackers, healthcare apps, wearables and smart city solutions.

LTE CAT M1, LTE CAT NB2 and EGPRS Modules

NB2 refers to devices which are based on the enhanced NB-IoT protocol as standardized in the 3GPP Release 14.

Quectel BG95

Features

  • LTE Cat M1/Cat NB2/EGPRS and integrated GNSS.
  • 3GPP Rel-14 compliant
  • Maximum data rates of 588 kbps downlink and 1119 kbps uplink under LTE Cat M1.
  • Ultra-low power consumption by leveraging the integrated RAM/flash as well as the ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX
  • Achieves up to 70% reduction in PSM leakage and 85% reduction in eDRX current consumption compared to its predecessor.

Thales (Gemalto) EXS82 Module (with 2G fallback)

Thales's Cinterion® EXS82-W Wireless IoT Module is driving LTE evolution to 5G enabling Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity for billions of new industrial applications.

Features:

  • leverages Qualcomm’s MDM9205 Modem and the mature LTE ecosystem
  • Global LTE-M1 or LTE-M2 and NB-IoT connectivity with 2G fallback
  • Ready for 3GPP Rel 14 and 5G, the tiny IoT modules share the same footprint as all Cinterion Industrial devices to ensure migration ease.

Enhanced with Thales security and value-added features, the platform is ideal for small, battery-operated devices in remote locations such as smart meters, asset trackers, healthcare apps, wearables and smart city solutions.

Read more detail about the EXS82 Module here.

LTE CAT 4 Cellular Modules

Category 4 or CAT 4 modules offer a theoretical speed of up to 150Mbps.

Quectel EC20, Quectel EC21, and Quectel EC25

Quectel EC25 is a series of LTE Cat 4 module optimized specially for M2M and IoT applications. Adopting the 3GPP Rel. 11 LTE technology, it delivers maximum data rates up to 150 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink. Designed in the compact and unified form factor, EC25 series is compatible with Quectel multi-mode LTE Standard EC21 series/EC20 R2.1/EG25-G/EG21-G modules and UMTS/HSPA+ UC200T series modules, which allows for flexible migration among them in design and manufacturing.

Thales (Gemalto) PLS83W Module

  • LTE Cat 4, Global and multiple Regional variants
  • Integrated IP connectivity
  • VoLTE and CS voice
  • Embedded GNSS and embedded SIM
  • Cat 1 (PLS63W) Available

Read more about the PLS83-W and PLS63-W on the Novotech Product Page.

The PLS63 and PLS83 have a 15-week lead time vs 50+ weeks!

LTE-A CAT6 Cellular Modules

Category 6 or CAT 6 modules offer a theoretical speed of up to 300Mbps.

Quectel EP06

Quectel EP06 is a series of LTE category 6 module optimized specially for M2M and IoT applications. Adopting the 3GPP Rel-11 LTE technology, it delivers maximum data rates up to 300Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink.

Thales (Gemalto) PLPS9 Cellular Module

Ultra high-performance LTE Advanced connectivity for demanding IoT applications

  • LTE Advanced Pro Cat 16 with 3G / 2G Fallback
  • USB 3.0 High Speed Compatible
  • GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
  • Embedded TCP/IP Stack

Read more about the PLPS9-W and PLPS9-X on the Novotech.com website here.