Huawei joins alliance for enterprise LTE

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Huawei says it has joined the MulteFire alliance to promote development of private LTE enterprise networks on unlicensed spectrum

Huawei has become the twenty first member of the MulteFire Alliance, an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of LTE for enterprise broadband and the internet of things.

The company joins equipment rivals Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia and a few operators – Liberty Global and SoftBank – in the alliance, as well as chipmakers Qualcomm and Intel, which was set up in December 2015.

“Wireless connectivity has become more and more critical for enterprise customers, especially in vertical industries, like transport, electricity, manufacturing and logistics,” said Peng Jianhua, president of Huawei’s enterprise wireless business unit.

The MulteFire Alliance aims to promote the industrial development of unlicensed spectrum and cellular technologies with all associate members.

“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,” said Peng. “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.”