MuLTEfire Alliance Comes into Existence... Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC Look on Warily
On December 16, 2015, founding members Qualcomm and Nokia, with additional support from Ericsson and Intel, formally announced the formation of the MuLTEfire Alliance. The MuLTEfire Alliance is "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 radio spectrum." The Alliance is now canvassing for additional members. It is expected the body will try to sign up as many device, infrastructure, and telco service providers as possible. If they are able to sign up cable operators, Cisco and Google, who have been staunch supporters of the Wi-Fi Alliance, it would mark a significant indication that the MuLTEfire Alliance is making progress.
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