M2M operators to get easier access to spectrum

Proposed changes will remove technical barrier to operation of narrowband wireless networks says ACMA

Operators of machine to machine (M2M) wireless communication links used in the Internet of Things (IoT) will find it easier to access spectrum under proposed changes to regulatory arrangements, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Many current M2M and IoT devices access spectrum via ACMA’s class licensing regime.

The proposed changes would remove a technical barrier to the operation of narrowband low powered wireless networks in the <i>Radiocommunications (Low Potential Interference Devices) Class Licence 2015</i> in the 900 megahertz, 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) band and 5.8 GHz bands.

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said these bands support a variety of applications such as data telemetry, machine data and monitoring, sensor networks, smart metering, security systems and industrial controls.

Other proposed changes to current regulations include the addition of the new frequency bands for radio determination transmitters used as industrial sensors, in-ground ultra-wide bandwidth transmitters used in automated parking management systems, building material analysis devices used for detection of objects in walls ceilings and floors and to align for European arrangement for short range devices in the frequency bands 122.25 to123 GHz and 244 to 246 GHz.

Submissions to the proposed changes close on 26 February 2016.

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