Nokia and STC conduct test of technology to bring LTE-like performance to Wi-Fi
Published on: 20th May 2016
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Nokia and the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have conducted a test of MulteFire technology, which combines the performance of LTE with the simplicity of Wi Fi deployment in unlicensed spectrum bands such as 5GHz.
As data demand continues unabated, mobile operators want to explore more opportunities in other spectrum bands, for example the 5GHz band, to reach more of their subscribers in private enterprise networks such as stadiums, office blocks, shopping malls and airports. However, as the spectrum is shared by numerous technologies and the number of users increase, quality and speed can suffer.
The test - which used Nokia's FlexiZone small cells together with MulteFire software - showed how MulteFire can co-exist with Wi-Fi to deliver the high performance, high speeds and security offered by LTE in a densely populated environment. MulteFire complements heterogeneous networks (HetNets), which use a mixture of macro and small cell radios, allowing operators to meet the increased connectivity demands of future smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Waseem Al-Marzogi, Head of STC Group Business, Nokia, said: "As one of the founding members of the MulteFire Alliance, Nokia is driving the development of a global technical specification, and this test is a crucial step toward commercialization of the technology. By collaborating with operators like STC, we can develop new ways of utilizing spectrum such as 5GHz to meet the network demands of today and tomorrow."