MulteFire is Making Global Strides: From CTIA in Vegas to Broadband World Forum in London
By Neville Meijers, VP, Business Development Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Last month, I attended CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas to share details around the MulteFire Alliance and participate in discussions focused on the future of wireless technology. This was the MulteFire Alliance’s first booth presence at a tradeshow, which proved to be a great venue for meeting with attendees and sharing use case demonstrations of MulteFire technology.
Pictured Above: MulteFire Alliance Booth at CTIA Super Mobility
I also had the opportunity to participate in an engaging panel discussion as part of the Tower & Small Cell Summit: Wi-Fi and LTE Coexistence in Unlicensed Bands: Carrier-grade Wi-Fi, Mobile Offload, Hotspot 2.0, LAA Networks and MulteFire. Moderated by Randall Schwartz, Wireless 20/20, the panel featured fellow MulteFire Alliance members – Art King, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, SpiderCloud Wireless and Jim Rydberg, Head of Solutions Architecture, Small Cells, Nokia – along with Kevin Robinson, VP of Marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance™.
During the panel, we discussed MulteFire’s work toward providing a new wireless connectivity option for unlicensed and shared spectrum that that delivers the neutral host capabilities of Wi-Fi with the performance advantages of LTE. I covered the potential applications and use cases for MulteFire technology, from standalone private IoT networks to indoor, neutral host networks, and explained how MulteFire can enhance coverage and capacity for operators in specific geographic areas.
In terms of coexistence in the unlicensed bands, we discussed how MulteFire will work alongside Wi-Fi in unlicensed bands like 5 GHz, as both are founded upon the same ‘Listen before Talk’ principal. While there may be applications for LTE-TDD in the future for the U.S. CBRS 3.5 GHz band, MulteFire is a viable alternative, able to coexist with LAA and better scale as the number of deployments grow.
Now we’re taking the discussion to the Broadband World Forum in London. MulteFire Alliance Board Chair Stephan Litjens will be speaking on the panel Satisfying the Industry’s Need for Seamless Connectivity at 2pm on Wednesday, October 19. The MulteFire Alliance will also be showing technology demonstrations in Booth C10 in Hall S6. To schedule a meeting during the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you in London.
Join in the SCWS 10th Anniversary Celebrations at SCWS Americas
By Rasmus Helberg, Senior Director, Technical Marketing Qualcomm and MulteFire Alliance Marketing Working Group Chair
Throughout 2016, the SCWS series has celebrated its 10th year in the making. This year’s theme, “Commercializing the Mobile Edge,” is relevant to the new deployments, business models and service opportunities available in small cells industry, including the introduction of MulteFire technology. The MulteFire Alliance is proud to endorse the SCWS World Series, serving operators and solution providers across the globe whose interest is in advancing network connectivity.
If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of the SCWS World Series events, I encourage you to check out the last one for this year – SCWS Americas, taking place Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Fairmont Dallas, TX. This event unites the small cells, Wi-Fi, DAS and backhaul ecosystem under one roof, exploring deployment scenarios of each technology and how they can best work together. Attendees span from carriers, neutral host providers, system integrators, OEMs, as well as end users from enterprise, transit, real estate, smart cities and hospitality.
Several members of the MulteFire Alliance will be presenting and exhibiting at SCWS Americas, including Baicells, CableLabs, Ericsson, ExteNet Systems, Qualcomm and SoftBank. Find out more at www.scwsamericas.com.
Rasmus Hellberg joined Qualcomm in 2006 and leads Qualcomm’s corporate technical marketing team that drives Qualcomm’s visions for future technologies, such as the wireless evolution, the path to 5G and the evolution of mobile computing. Rasmus has spent 20 years in the wireless industry and started his career in product management, working on the Japanese PDC system, the first commercial WCDMA products, and later on CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO focusing on radio access network products. Rasmus holds a Ph.D. in electromagnetic wave propagation and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
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