O2 Partnered With pureLiFi to Conduct LiFi Network Test at HQ


Telecommunication company O2 made a partnership with pureLiFi to conduct a network trial for LiFi, an expected successor of WiFi / Photo by Shutterstock.com


The UK-based telecommunications company, O2, announced a network trial that implements Light Fidelity. Light fidelity of Li-Fi is expected to be the network successor of WiFi.

LED light bulbs can be transformed into devices that transmit data signals using LiFi. In LiFi environment, the bulbs can provide a high-speed wireless connectivity with a potential maximum speed of 224 gigabits per second.

O2 made a partnership with pureLiFi, a company focused in LiFi technology, to conduct a network trial at its headquarters in Slough, England. The trial is a part of the mobile operator’s series of network trials. The system installed in the LiFi network trial includes the pureLiFi LiFi-XC system, which consisted of nine LED light bulbs. These LiFi-enabled bulbs have been placed in the Explore Room at the HQ.

“With the proliferation of internet-of-things devices and continued growth in mobile users, the demand for spectrum is under increasing pressure. LiFi is capable of unlocking unprecedented and much-needed data and bandwidth, and we are delighted that O2 has chosen to partner with pureLiFi to explore this tremendous potential,” said Alistair Banham, CEO at pureLiFi.

LiFi-XC system has lightweight, high-speed network light bulbs controlled by a plug-and-play USB-type device. It can easily be integrated into existing laptops, tablets or smart appliances. 

According to pureLiFi, the system can provide up to 43 Mbps of high-speed connectivity on each LED light bulb. The system has been configured in full duplex and bi-directional design to establish a reliable user experience.

For users who want to create a virtual geographic boundary, a geofencing mechanism can be activated for each bulb or a group of bulbs. Even in a geofenced environment, the bulbs work in a full mobility so users can walk between lights without interruption.

Since LiFi works in light bulbs, the wireless communications can work safely in places where certain radio frequencies are inapplicable.