SoftBank joins MulteFire Alliance board of directors

The MulteFire Alliance, an independent, diverse and international member-driven consortium that is defining and promoting MulteFireâ„¢, has announced that SoftBank Corp. has joined its board of directors, joining Boingo Wireless, CableLabs, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm, the company said.

SoftBank, a subsidiary of global technology player SoftBank Group Corp., is a tier-one mobile operator in Japan. Yoshioki Chika, senior director of SoftBank´s Solution Strategy Office, will serve as the board director.

The MulteFire Alliance is currently working on its Release 1.1 specification that adds IoT optimizations for NB-IoT and eMTC, as well as adding new support for the unlicensed 1.9 GHz band in Japan, the global 2.4 GHz band, and sub-1 GHz bands. The specification is targeted for completion in October 2018.

The MulteFire Alliance is an international association 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 unlicensed or shared radio spectrum. For more information about MulteFire technology, its benefits how to become a member of the MulteFire Alliance, visit