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Understanding MulteFire for industrial IoT

May 29, 2018 / Sean Kinney

As MulteFire gains industry traction and moves toward initial commercialization with an eye on enabling internet of things-type applications, let’s take a look at some of the basics of the technology, as well as some of the use cases and business models associated with bringing LTE to unlicensed and shared spectrum. MulteFire is designed to deploy LTE in fully unlicensed spectrum like the 5 GHz band, which usually supports Wi-Fi services. This is different from Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), which aggregates licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and LTE/Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA), which is exactly what it sounds like.