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From Marconi to MulteFire – Wireless Innovation MulteFire Open Day – Rome Highlights

By Outi Niemi, Secretary for the MulteFire Alliance

I recently returned from Rome, where I attended the MulteFire Alliance’s sixth Open Day event. Co-hosted by Athonet and Enel, the MulteFire Open Day featured keynote presentations and a panel discussion that highlighted end use cases and an update on when we should expect to see MulteFire deployed.

Why Italy?

While I always enjoy any trip to Italy, you might wonder why we chose Rome for our Open Day. Karim El Malki, CEO of Alliance member company Athonet – headquartered in Trieste, Italy – shared why his company was keen to host this important event. Italy is a leader in the Industrial 4.0 revolution and is aiming to lead in 5G trials in vertical markets – making Italy a country that is ripe for MulteFire deployments. Karim detailed examples where Athonet has already deployed private LTE networks at the Milan World Expo and at Enel’s power plants. MulteFire is the right next step to meet these vertical market needs for flexible spectrum usage, low latency and high throughput, all locally controlled.

MulteFire Use Cases – Perspective from Enel

We were also excited to have Giuseppe Serrecchia, head of digital strategy, global ICT at Enel, share his thoughts on use cases where Enel would deploy MulteFire and why it offers performance advantages over Wi-Fi. As a company, Enel is making significant investments in its digital strategy as they transform their IT infrastructure and move to the Cloud, with the goal to build their services on top of this new infrastructure. Telecommunications and wireless connectivity are key to enabling this transformation as “without connectivity, you don’t digitalize a company; it’s about reaching anything and everyone.”

Giuseppe went into detail on how the company has studied MulteFire and how it offers the capabilities that they care about – high throughput, ultra-low latency, seamless experience, managed security, and Wi-Fi-like deployment ease. Some of the biggest opportunities to deploy MulteFire include power plants (including solar) and sustainability use cases to provide communications to areas hit by disasters. It was exciting to see a potential end user of MulteFire share why they’re ready to deploy the technology, and I encourage you to download the presentation here.

Panelists Share Details on Roadmap to Deployment

Stephan Litjens, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair and vice president of Innovation Steering for Nokia, shared during his opening keynote that MulteFire is now in labs with products planned to deploy in 2018. This was seconded in the discussion amongst the MulteFire panelists – Nanda Menon, Athonet; Rao Yallapragada, Intel; Samuele Machi, Nokia; and Neville Meijers, Qualcomm.

  • IoT will be first. When asked which application will deploy MulteFire first, Neville Meijers stated that he believed that industrial IoT environments are going to see early traction. Qualcomm is already in trials with private LTE at the moment. The areas of focus include shipping ports, airports, mines, and oil & gas refineries. Using MulteFire will be the next step for these trial applications.
  • Enterprises need MulteFire. Rao Yallapragada shared how Enterprise networks today have several pain points – for both wireline and wireless. Wireline networks have costly set-ups, are difficult to configure and almost impossible to re-configure, and don’t provide any mobility or outdoor coverage. Wi-Fi comes with its own limitations for reliability and security. MulteFire overcomes these pain points. It’s easy to configure and cost-effective due to reduced number of access points that need to be installed (in comparison to Wi-Fi). It comes with reliability and security baked in (of particular importance in healthcare applications). And it provides all the benefits of LTE – including voice – to provide campus-wide connectivity.
  • MulteFire will power the Industrial 4.0 Revolution. Nanda Menon pointed out that while the 4.0 revolution is out to change the world, it can’t succeed without very reliable connectivity. Industrial 4.0 will require very high SLAs that can’t be supported by Wi-Fi or macro networks. A completely new network is needed that meets the 1) laws of physics, 2) laws of economics, and 3) laws of the land. MulteFire is the right network solution as it meets these laws’ requirements.
  • A Robust Ecosystem for MulteFire. As companies begin to prep for MulteFire deployments in 2018, Samuele Machi detailed how the Alliance is supporting commercialization efforts through development of a certification program to ensure a robust and interoperable ecosystem of devices. The Alliance already includes members from the entire supply chain needed to bring MulteFire to market, including chip makers, infrastructure vendors, device manufacturers, small cell & Wi-Fi vendors, service providers, and test & measurement vendors. Meijers added that while the ecosystem is developing, the biggest hurdle isn’t the technology, but is defining the business agreements that will support MulteFire deployments.
  • The Road to 5G. Looking ahead, the Alliance will develop 5G MulteFire based on 3GPP NR standards and continue its focus on commercialization efforts. The panelists agreed that 5G – beyond enhanced mobile broadband – is being driven by the vertical market use cases – and MulteFire is the right solution for many of these verticals.

The combination of Italian hospitality and tradition of wireless innovation and MulteFire made for a great event! The MulteFire Alliance will next venture to The Hague for Wi-Fi NOW, October 31-November 2, where Stephan Litjens will present on MulteFire and we’ll be showcasing technology demonstrations. I hope to see you at our future MulteFire events!

MulteFire Alliance Gears Up for MWC Americas’ Debut in the ‘Epicenter of Mobile Innovation’

By Rasmus Hellberg, MulteFire Alliance Marketing Working Group Chair and Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Qualcomm

The inaugural GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas comes at a time when North America is considered the ‘epicenter of mobile innovation.’ The West Coast specifically is a hub for this innovation, which is why the MWC Americas will launch next week in San Francisco. The event will be held in the Moscone Center, Tuesday, September 12 through Thursday, September 14.

The MulteFire Alliance is excited to take part in this premiere event, and we will be showcasing MulteFire technology demonstrations in our booth in the South Hall, S.1861. Member companies Athonet, Nokia, Qualcomm and Sanjole will be featuring their solutions. I encourage you to come by the booth to see MulteFire in action, as well as learn more about the immediate roadmap to Release 1.1, which will include optimizations around IoT.

In addition, to the MulteFire Alliance booth, our strong ecosystem of member companies will also be available to talk MulteFire at the show. You can find our members throughout the show floor:

– American Tower: North Hall, Stand N.108
– Baicells: South Hall, Stand S.2056
– Casa Systems: West Hall, EMR.33
– Cisco Systems: South Hall, S.542
– DEKRA: North Hall, Stand N.182
– Ericsson: South Hall, Stand S.1930
– Intel: West Hall, EMR.43
– Nokia: North Hall, Stand N.854, South Hall, Stand S.2300A1
– Qualcomm: South Hall, Stand S.216
– Rohde & Schwarz: North Hall, Stand N.1360
– Ruckus Wireless: South Hall, Stand S.128
– Samsung: South Hall, Stand S.616
– Sierra Wireless: Marriott Marquis Bay 2
– SpiderCloud Wireless: South Hall, S.2626

If you would like to meet with the Alliance onsite to learn about membership or our roadmap, please email us at press@multefire.org to schedule a meeting.

To learn more about the current, public release of the MulteFire 1.0.1, visit: https://www.mfa-tech.org/2017/04/13/release-1-0-1-now-publicly-available-for-download/

You may also download our latest white paper The Private LTE Opportunity for Industrial and Commercial IoT, developed by Harbor Research and in collaboration with the CBRS Alliance.

See you in San Francisco!

American Tower, H3C, InterDigital and Samsung Join the MulteFire Alliance

FREMONT, CA – August 8, 2017 – The MulteFire Alliance, an independent, diverse and international member-driven consortium, today announced that, American Tower, H3C, InterDigital Communications, and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. have joined the Alliance to advance MulteFire – an LTE-based technology operating in unlicensed or shared spectrum.

“The MulteFire Alliance encourages innovation that eliminates the requirement for licensed spectrum,” said Mazen Chmaytelli, president, MulteFire Alliance and senior director business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are excited to have these leading companies join us as we support the industry’s efforts to bring MulteFire products to market in the near future and enable new deployments such as private networks for industrial IoT.”

Thanks to its LTE-based design for handling interference from multiple users, MulteFire delivers key advantages in terms of capacity, coverage, mobility and reliability. The versatile technology can be deployed as a traditional access mode by a single network operator – an exciting development for enterprise networks seeking a robust, secure, and cost-effective solution.

The Advancement of MulteFire Technology Continues with New Members

American Tower is a provider of wireless and broadcast tower, in-building and outdoor DAS, managed rooftops and services that speed network deployment. With 147,000+ communications sites, it is committed to partnering with customers to develop customized network solutions.

H3C has achieved the biggest ICT share in China’s enterprise market, and as a new IT solution leader, it supports wireless digitization; particularly using unlicensed spectrum to meet small and medium-sized company needs.

InterDigital Communications, Inc. designs and develops advanced technologies that enable and enhance mobile communications and capabilities. Its mobile technologies are at the core of devices, networks, and services worldwide. It solves complex and critical technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and richer multimedia experiences.

Samsung is a global leader that is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, and digital appliances, as well as network infrastructure. Through deep relationships with global operators and the communications industry ecosystem, Samsung develops small cell technology and network solutions that enable consumers and enterprises to tap the full potential of the mobile broadband experience.

To join the MulteFire Alliance or for more information, visit www.MulteFire.org.

About the MulteFire Alliance

The MulteFire Alliance is an international association dedicated to building a global ecosystem in support of the common interests of members, developers and users in the application of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and next generation mobile cellular technology in configurations that use only unlicensed and shared radio spectrum. For more information about MulteFire technology, its benefits, and how to become a member of the MulteFire Alliance, please visit www.MulteFire.org.

 

Driving Wireless Connectivity for Industrial IoT

By Mazen Chmaytelli, President of the MulteFire Alliance and is Senior Director of Business Development for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

We have entered a new era for manufacturing, automation and technology advancement. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is paving the way for the next Industrial Revolution, but there is still work to be done to connect smart devices and have them communicate in an efficient manner. The current state of machinery and networks is struggling to keep up with the deployment, integration and operational demands in industries like shipping ports, warehouses, hospitals, mines, and airports. If these challenges are not overcome, future automation and smart device manufacturing will undoubtedly falter.

As large enterprises evaluate connectivity options for their IoT deployments, it’s important to keep mobility and security in mind. Private LTE networks such as MulteFire fulfill both these needs, while operating solely in unlicensed or shared spectrum. This is an ideal network solution for industries concerned with the scope and scale of their sensor-based, IoT devices. MulteFire simplifies private LTE deployments by offering spectrum sharing and coexistence, making it a prominent player in IoT network infrastructure.

The MulteFire Alliance and the CBRS Alliance recently commissioned a white paper by Harbor Research, The Private LTE Opportunity for Industrial and Commercial IoT, that highlights the benefits for leveraging shared and unlicensed spectrum to deploy highly reliable and secure private LTE networks. I, along with Alex Glaser, Director of Development, Harbor Research, had the opportunity to share the findings from the paper during an RCR Wireless webinar, where we also discussed how private LTE networks based on MulteFire can deliver enhanced coverage, capacity, reliability and mobility for business-critical markets. You can download the archived webinar here.

Following this successful webinar, Alex and I presented Delivering MulteFire Connectivity for Industrial IoT” at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. There, we covered how MulteFire enables IoT networks, and answered attendee questions on MulteFire technology and the MulteFire Release 1.1 specification roadmap.

Keep up with our blog to learn more about the upcoming Release 1.1, which will add further IoT optimizations, creating new opportunities for Industrial IoT.

Recent resources:
The Private LTE Opportunity for Industrial and Commercial IoT, Harbor Research
• MulteFire Webinar: MulteFire for Industrial IoT Applications