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SoftBank Joins the MulteFire Alliance Board of Directors


The MulteFire
, an independent, diverse and international member-driven
consortium that is defining and promoting MulteFire™, today announced
that SoftBank Corp. ("SoftBank") has joined its board of directors,
joining Boingo Wireless, CableLabs, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and
Qualcomm. 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.

"SoftBank has been an active member of the MulteFire Alliance since 2016
and I'm very pleased to announce its addition to the MulteFire Alliance
board," said Mazen Chmaytelli, president, MulteFire Alliance, and senior
director of business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "As a
leading mobile operator, SoftBank complements the expertise of the
existing board, and will help lead efforts to bring MulteFire to
commercial deployment. Mr. Chika brings valuable experience in leading
the efforts to promote unlicensed TD-LTE band in Japan – the 1.9 GHz
band – that MulteFire will be able to leverage."

"We see great opportunities for deploying MulteFire in unlicensed
spectrum to meet the growing wireless connectivity demands of our
subscribers, and also to use in billions of new IoT devices," said Mr.
Chika. "I look forward to collaborating with the fellow board members on
advancing MulteFire as the right wireless connectivity solution for
multiple applications in Japan and around the globe."

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.

To join the MulteFire Alliance, or for more information on MulteFire,

About the MulteFire Alliance

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, please visit

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