LEADING Scots tech firm pureLiFi, which uses light to light to create next-generation wireless networks, has teamed up with communications and lighting leaders to form a global association – the Light Communications Alliance (LCA).

The body will work to develop and refine key deployment applications and advocate the use of standards for the emerging industry.

Along with pureLiFi, the founding members of the LCA include Nokia, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, Liberty Global and Lucibel.

It has been estimated that the market for LiFi will be worth $75 billion (£59.6bn) by 2025, creating far-reaching opportunities for related industries to benefit from light communications.

For pureLiFi, a scale-up based in Edinburgh, this is a significant milestone in LiFi’s journey to adoption by the mass market with a light communication technology it has pioneered.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress the company demonstrated Gigabit LiFi solutions small enough to fit into mobile devices.

Alistair Banham pureLiFi CEO said: “The founding members of the LCA represent the highest standard in lighting and communications. PureLiFi is honoured to be a founding member alongside these industry leaders and believe the alliance will have the influence to drive education and greatly accelerate the global adoption of LiFi.

“We look forward to supporting the growth of this organisation over the coming years.”

Light Communications technologies complement and enhance 5G wireless communications and other radio frequency technologies such as wi-fi. By utilising its greater available spectrum, light can deliver larger amounts of data at faster speeds and with greater security.

Chief commercial officer for pureLiFi, Harald Burchardt, added: “PureLiFi have deployed LiFi solutions around the world, spanning 24 countries.

“Our customers want to see the light communications ecosystem grow so that they can leverage the opportunities that will arise from global standards, certification and interoperability within this growing market. These are key for LiFi’s mass adoption.”