MulteFire Gains Interest in China

By Stephan Litjens

I recently returned from the first MulteFire event held in China – MulteFire Open Day and Technical Workshop as well as a week long meeting of the Technical Specification Group (TSG). Hosted by MulteFire Alliance member company Baicells, our presence in China was an outstanding success. Here are a few thoughts on the importance of this week.

Chinese Companies Want to Know More about MulteFire

We kicked off the week hosting the MulteFire Open Day to offer non-member companies the opportunity to learn more about the technology directly from the companies developing the specification. Mr. Sun Lixin, CEO of Baicells, offered a good overview of the MulteFire opportunity in China that focused on the need for MulteFire to fill the need for better wireless connectivity than Wi-Fi alone can offer. With Chinese handset manufacturers in attendance, we were able to educate a critical audience for MulteFire technology.

Mr. Sun Lixin, Baicells CEO, presents on the MulteFire opportunity in China

First Detailed Look at the MulteFire End-to-End Architecture and Radio Link Shared

In addition to looking at the business opportunities that MulteFire opens up for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and more, we provided insight into the specification work under development.

György Wolfner, Chair of the E2E Architecture Work Group, shared details on the different access modes for MulteFire – Public Land Mobile Network access mode and Neutral Host Network access mode – and how these architecture solutions can address different types of deployments. Tamer Kadous, Radio Work Group Chair, then presented on the MulteFire radio link as well as shared simulation results that showcase how MulteFire delivers improved performance and coverage.