Huawei joins MulteFire Alliance to target enterprises with unlicensed LTE

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Huawei announced it has joined the MulteFire Alliance, an independent organization dedicated to the promotion and development of MulteFire technology, with the aim of promoting development of private LTE enterprise networks on unlicensed spectrum.

MulteFire is an LTE-based next-generation cellular communications technology that operates on unlicensed spectrum and focuses specifically on enterprise broadband access and IoT markets.

Leveraging robust wireless connectivity, self-organizing, and easy-to-manage features for 3GPP-compliant evolving LTE technologies, MulteFire delivers higher performance in local area networks. The MulteFire Alliance endeavors to promote the industrial development of unlicensed spectrum and cellular technologies with all associate members.

Huawei says it will focus on the feasibility of MulteFire applications towards enterprises. By extending cellular technology to unlicensed spectrum, the MulteFire Alliance promises to alleviate enterprise customer concerns regarding spectrum acquisition, and further promises LTE-like performance with Wi-Fi-like deployment simplicity. The multi-service bearing capabilities of LTE networks meet the diversified network requirements of industrial customers, helping them reduce investment costs on network deployment, operation, maintenance, personnel training, and other aspects, said Peng Jianhua, president of Huawei’s Enterprise Wireless Business Unit.

“Wireless connectivity has become more and more critical for enterprise customers, especially in vertical industries, like transport, electricity, manufacturing, and logistics,” said Peng. “Huawei has decades of experience in handling wireless cellular technologies and expects to cooperate with industry partners to solve key issues, such as air interface technology, test certification, and chip support in enterprise wireless products. By joining the MulteFire Alliance, we are steering the future of wireless for vertical industries and assisting the MulteFire technology to be more widely available, helping finalize the creation of a healthy industrial ecosystem.”

Huawei says it looks forward to contributing to a number of work groups in the MulteFire Alliance. In the marketing work group, Huawei will share the typical application scenarios and evolution of enterprise wireless as an input to the technical solution of the alliance and assist the planning of the technical evolution roadmap. In the Technical Specification Group (TSG), Huawei is dedicated to the task of broadband mobility improvement and coverage performance, helping the MulteFire Alliance launch an IoT technical scheme. Huawei will submit technical schemes with a competitive edge and evaluate the system performance.

Since its founding in December 16, 2015, the MulteFire Alliance has attracted Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, Intel, and other leading companies as contributing members.

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