Roadmap to the Future of Connectivity

By Christian Wagner, m3Connect

According to Gartner, there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2021. The interest in better connectivity within the wireless industry focuses on the need to support this rising number of connected devices which continue to demand an increasing amount of faster data rates and lower latency. Organizations are searching for solutions that can support this influx of data-demanding device use. MulteFire achieves this by providing the benefits of LTE (security, reliability, expanded coverage and capacity) in the unlicensed band. In order to promote MulteFire technology, members travel the world, attending industry events and engaging with end users, potential members and more.

We recently attended the industry-leading event, Industry of Things World Europe, in historic Berlin. This event brought together industry leaders and organizations alike to discuss the future of the wireless connectivity industry for a scalable, secure and efficient IoT. This was the MulteFire Alliance’s second time at Industry of Things World Europe and we were excited to once again connect with end users, partners and more to collaborate on how we can continue to support the evolution of IoT and beyond.

I had the pleasure of speaking on behalf of the MulteFire Alliance during the event. My session, titled “MulteFire – LTE-based Technology for Unlicensed Spectrum,” included an introduction that highlighted how MulteFire technology enables anyone to deploy their own Private LTE network with performance advantages over other wireless technologies. I covered MulteFire deployment uses cases in industrial IoT and Enterprise settings, followed by market opportunities and insight into 5G New Radio Unlicensed (NR-U). Not only were we able to give end users a glimpse into how MulteFire works today, but also into how it will enable the future of wireless connectivity.

Focusing on the Future

Following my talk, we engaged with fellow attendees who were interested in how MulteFire technology would impact the wireless industry today and in the future. By providing this enhanced connectivity, verticals that will be most impacted by the IoT and 5G evolution, such as airports, shipping ports, factories, mines, etc., are able to deploy standalone LTE-based networks today that will provide their industry with the needed connectivity to scale with the changing wireless landscape. The MulteFire Alliance will also continue to ensure connectivity in the unlicensed band beyond LTE-technology. We will be promoting 5G in unlicensed spectrum and we are actively supporting 3GPP standardization efforts for 5G NR-U (Release 16) thanks to overlapping membership between the organizations.

Next up: Scaling the Internet of Intelligent Things

With the focus on IoT, the MulteFire Alliance will once again be at MWC Los Angeles this October 22-24 and IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, October 29-31, 2019. Starting at 1:00 P.M. on October 22, Nabil Bitar, CTO, Large Enterprise & Webscale Segment, Nokia, will represent the MulteFire Alliance during a panel session on Scaling the Internet of Intelligent Things. He will be joined by other industry leaders from KORE and Cisco to discuss how businesses will be able to future-proof their IoT solutions, allowing for true scalability.

Stop by one of our booths at MWC Los Angeles (South Hall #2066) or at IoT Solutions World Congress (B285) to learn more about the most recent MulteFire devices, IoT uses cases, certification program and more. To schedule a meeting with the MulteFire Alliance during an upcoming event, contact