MulteFire Alliance to Showcase Momentum at Mobile World Congress

News Highlights:

  • MulteFire Alliance to host launch event on Tuesday, February 23 at Mobile World Congress; Member companies Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm will feature MulteFire technology demonstrations in their booths throughout the show
  • Athonet, Baicells, Boingo Wireless, Casa Systems, Ruckus Wireless and SpiderCloud Wireless join the Alliance
  • Diverse group of Alliance members collaborate on development of the MulteFire specification based on 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14 to deliver an interoperable LTE-based technology operating solely in unlicensed spectrum

FREMONT, Calif.--()--The MulteFire Alliance, an independent, international member-driven consortium, will host a launch event open to all Mobile World Congress attendees on February 23 from 2:00-4:30pm in Press Conference Room 1 to share details of its growing industry momentum and specification development. The MulteFire Alliance promotes and delivers MulteFire™ – an LTE-based technology for small cells operating solely in unlicensed spectrum for enhanced performance in local area network deployments. Alliance members will demonstrate MulteFire technology on the show floor. In addition, Athonet, Baicells, Boingo Wireless, Casa Systems, Ruckus Wireless and SpiderCloud Wireless have joined board-level members Ericsson, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated in the Alliance.

“Innovation around LTE operating in unlicensed spectrum has reached a fever-pitch, driven by demand for additional capacity, coverage and performance, especially in dense environments such as large enterprises or packed stadiums,” said Peter Jarich, vice president, Consumer and Infrastructure Services, Current Analysis. “Introduced less than a year ago, the progress that MulteFire has made is truly impressive. It’s also a testament to the promise of LTE operating solely in unlicensed spectrum – the expansion of LTE’s performance benefits to new and established wireless providers, as well as companies and organizations delivering wireless access to large numbers of employees or customers. MulteFire, with the backing of diverse industry leaders, stands to deliver on this promise.”

The MulteFire Alliance technical specification group is developing the MulteFire specification based on 3GPP Release 13 and Release 14 advancements, including downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum. MulteFire is designed to initially operate in 5 GHz unlicensed bands and coexist with other technologies using the same spectrum. MulteFire can also act as a neutral host to serve multiple entities or deliver provider-specific services at enterprises, venues and small businesses. The Alliance plans to provide interoperability, conformance and coexistence specifications and to enable conformance testing to ensure a robust and interoperable ecosystem.

“The MulteFire Alliance is committed to developing a technology designed to meet global unlicensed band regulations, including Listen-Before-Talk features required in regions such as Europe and Japan, for a truly global reach,” said Stephan Litjens, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair and head of Innovation Steering at Nokia. “Our members are taking great care to ensure that MulteFire technology will harmoniously coexist with other technologies in unlicensed spectrum bands.”

Invite to MulteFire Alliance Launch Event at Mobile World Congress

The Alliance welcomes Mobile World Congress attendees to its launch event Tuesday, February 23 from 2:00-4:30pm in Press Conference Room 1 in the Fira Gran Via. The event will focus on the business case for MulteFire technology along with a deep dive into the technology, including standardization and interoperability.

To RSVP for the launch event, visit www.MulteFire.org/events.

New Members Join the MulteFire Alliance

Athonet, Baicells, Boingo Wireless, Casa Systems, Ruckus Wireless and SpiderCloud Wireless have joined the MulteFire Alliance to collaborate on the development and promotion of MulteFire.

“We’re pleased to welcome a diverse set of new members to the MulteFire Alliance that reflects how MulteFire expands the LTE ecosystem and will bring new wireless connectivity options for coverage and performance to end users,” said Litjens.

To join the MulteFire Alliance or for more information, visit www.MulteFire.org.

About MulteFire Alliance

MulteFire Alliance is an international association dedicated to building a global ecosystem in support of the common interests of members, developers and users in the application of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and next generation mobile cellular technology in configurations that use only unlicensed radio spectrum. For more information about MulteFire technology, its benefits or how to become a member of the MulteFire Alliance, please visit www.MulteFire.org.

Contacts

Nereus for MulteFire Alliance
Lori Mesecke, +1-503-619-0852
multefire@nereus-worldwide.com

Release Summary

The MulteFire Alliance will host a launch event open to all Mobile World Congress attendees on February 23 from 2:00-4:30pm in Press Conference Room 1.

Contacts

Nereus for MulteFire Alliance
Lori Mesecke, +1-503-619-0852
multefire@nereus-worldwide.com