I believe LTE has been the mobile industry’s greatest ever success story. LTE adoption has outpaced any previous mobile technology. Just weeks ago the number of LTE users broke through two billion with the next billion expected in 2018. The rate at which LTE performance has developed is also breathtaking – it will endure as the foundation for much of 5G.
LTE’s success has been built on licensed spectrum. While initiatives, such as Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) and LTE / Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA), make use of the unlicensed spectrum, licensed bands are still needed to make it all work.
Now, imagine what LTE could achieve if it was totally unleashed into unlicensed spectrum. That’s the promise of MulteFire, a technology that combines the high performance of LTE with simplicity of deployment similar to Wi-Fi.
MulteFire is another example of how mobile connectivity is helping to accelerate the digitization of society and enterprises to build new processes for efficiency and business agility.
With MulteFire, any organization could create, install and operate its own private or hosted MulteFire network to support data applications of all types, with industry-grade reliability, superior coverage, enhanced capacity, seamless connectivity, mobility, and strong LTE security. And being LTE, all the capabilities of this well-developed technology will be available, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and support for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Private MulteFire networks can be highly customized for the requirements of a particular vertical and enterprises can use the full potential of LTE. MulteFire is set to open up superb new opportunities for enterprises of all types.
MulteFire is becoming a reality
The MulteFire Alliance recently made public its first specification, Release 1.0. The release shows just how far the MulteFire Alliance has come since its founding by two members about a year ago, to today’s diverse membership.
At Mobile World Congress 2017, Stephan Litjens, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair and VP, Innovation Steering, Nokia, presented the Business Case for MulteFire with Harbor Research, potential MulteFire end users and vendors providing their viewpoints.
Alex Glaser of Harbor Research shared findings from the firm’s research into the market opportunity for private LTE/MulteFire networks for Industrial IoT. Based on its market segmentation, Harbor Research found that private IoT with LTE and MulteFire could reach $31 billion by 2022.
Visit our Open Day on April 25
Learn how MulteFire can open up new opportunities for enterprises, IoT, cable providers, mobile operators, venue owners and end users at our MulteFire open day hosted by Nokia in New Jersey, USA on Tuesday, 25th April 2017. Click here to register to the MulteFire open day
The event will feature:
- An update on MulteFire specifications, including the Release 1.0.1 specification available to download now and a preview of Release 1.1
- A featured presentation on opportunities in unlicensed spectrum by Nokia Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon
- Insight into new business models enabled by MulteFire technology
- An opportunity to tour Bell Labs and see new MulteFire technology demonstrations – including industry first MulteFire 1.1 Release demo of 1.9GHz frequency and co-existence of cordless telephony with MulteFire 1.9GHz for Enterprise IoT use cases.
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