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LTE Standard EC21

Quectel EC21 is a series of LTE category 1 module optimized specially for M2M and IoT applications. It features cost-effective, low-power LTE connectivity, and delivers maximum data rates up to 10Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink. These make EC21 an ideal solution for numerous IoT applications that are not reliant on high speed connectivity but still require the longevity and reliability of LTE networks.

Related Products:

LTE Standard EC25
EC21 Mini PCIe
UMTS & LTE EVB Kit

Overview

Quectel EC21 is a series of LTE category 1 module optimized specially for M2M and IoT applications. It features cost-effective, low-power LTE connectivity, and delivers maximum data rates up to 10Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink. These make EC21 an ideal solution for numerous IoT applications that are not reliant on high speed connectivity but still require the longevity and reliability of LTE networks.

 

EC21 is compatible with Quectel UMTS/HSPA+ UC20/UC200T modules and multi-mode LTE Standard EC25/EC20 R2.0/EC20 R2.1/EG25-G/EG21-G modules in the compact and  unified form factor. It contains 10 variants: EC21-E, EC21-EU, EC21-EUX, EC21-A, EC21-V, EC21-AUT, EC21-AU, EC21-AUX, EC21-KL and EC21-J. This makes it backward-compatible with existing EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks, ensuring that it can easily migrate from LTE to 2G or 3G network.

 

EC21 supports Qualcomm® IZat™ location technology Gen8C Lite (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou/Compass, Galileo and QZSS). The integrated GNSS greatly simplifies product design, and provides quicker, more accurate and more dependable positioning.

 

A rich set of Internet protocols, industry-standard interfaces and abundant functionalities (USB serial drivers for Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android/eCall*) extend the applicability of the module to a wide range of M2M and IoT applications such as smart metering, wearable devices, environmental monitoring, asset tracking, fleet management, security and alarm systems, and so on.

 

 


Key Benefits
● Cost-effective, lower-power LTE connectivity optimized for broadband IoT applications
● Worldwide LTE, UMTS/HSPA(+) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage
● Multi-constellation GNSS receiver available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment
● Feature refinements: supports DFOTA, eCall* and DTMF
● MIMO technology meets demands for data rate and link reliability in modem wireless communication systems

 

 

Specification

Frequency

EC21-E

EC21-EU EC21-EUX

EC21-A

EC21-V

EC21-AUT

LTE

LTE-FDD

B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20

B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B28A

B1/B3/B7/B8/B20/B28A

B2/B4/B12

B4/B13

B1/B3/B5/B7/B28

LTE-TDD

           

WCDMA

B1/B5/B8

B1/B8

B1/B8

B2/B4/B5

 

B1/B5

GSM/EDGE

B3/B8

B3/B8

B3/B8      

Embedded GNSS

Optional

Optional Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Wi-Fi Interface

Y

Y Y

Y

Y

Y

Region

EMEA/Thailand/India

EMEA/Thailand

EMEA/Thailand

North America

Verizon

Australia

Certification

Carrier:                  Vodafone/                Deutsche Telekom/
Telefónica*
Regulatory:
GCF/ CE/ FAC
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
Deutsche Telekom  Regulatory:
GCF/ CE/ NCC/ RCM
Others:
WHQL

Regulatory:
CE/ RCM/ GCF* 
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
AT&T/              U.S. Cellular/ 
T-Mobile/
Rogers/ Telus
Regulatory:
FCC/ PTCRB/ IC
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
Verizon
Regulatory:
GCF/ FCC
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
Telstra
Regulatory:
GCF/ RCM
Others:
WHQL

 

 

 

Frequency

EC21-AU

EC21-AUX

EC21-KL

EC21-J

LTE

LTE-FDD

B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B28

B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B28

B1/B3/B5/B7/B8

B1/B3/B8/B18/B19/B26

LTE-TDD

B40

B40    

WCDMA

B1/B2/B5/B8

B1/ B2/ B5/ B8/ B4    

GSM/EDGE

Quad-band

Quad-band    

Embedded GNSS

Optional

Optional

N

N

Wi-Fi Interface

Y

Y

Y

Y

Region

Latin America/Australia/         New Zealand

Latin America/Australia/         New Zealand

South Korea

Japan

Certification

Carrier:
Telstra
Regulatory:
FCC/ IC/ Anatel/ NCC/ JATE/ TELEC/ RCM
Others:
WHQL

Regulatory:
CE/ FCC/ Anatel/ NCC/ RCM
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
KT/ SKT
Regulatory:
KC
Others:
WHQL

Carrier:
NTT DOCOMO/ KDDI
Regulatory:
JATE/ TELEC
Others:
WHQL

 

Notes:

① LTE-FDD B2 of EC21-AU and EC21-AUX does not support Rx-diversity.

* Under development

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