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MulteFire Alliance extends its remit to IoT spectrum and services

The MulteFire Alliance has shifted its attention from indoor small cells and consumer applications to the IoT. The Alliance is the guardian of the Qualcomm-developed technology to allow LTE to run in unlicensed spectrum without an anchor network in licensed bands (by contrast with LTE-LAA). This has been seen as a potential weapon for cablecos and other non-spectrum owners to use LTE for home, consumer and enterprise purposes, particularly using small cells, since its initial target band has been a relatively short-range one – in the USA, the 3.5 GHz CBRS shared spectrum. Now the Alliance has added support for IoT-focused aspects of LTE to its Release 1.1 specifications, it is broadening its spectrum reach too, eyeing unlicensed bands such…

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