Ofcom eyes 10 MHz for IoT, aims to counter licensing “misconception”

first_img UK launches regulator targeting tech giants Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation Richard Handford Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Previous Articleletgo raises $100M from media company NaspersNext ArticleInstagram extends ad availability AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 10 SEP 2015 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more UK watchdog Ofcom wants to set aside a chunk of existing spectrum to encourage investment in new applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) space.The aim is to use 10 MHz of VHF spectrum for IoT applications that require wireless connections over long distances.Ofcom thinks access to this spectrum could be particularly useful for users in coastal or rural parts of the UK. The frequencies are in the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.5-81.5 MHz bands.The type of applications envisaged are agricultural, such as networking farm equipment and livestock, as well as environmental sensing and other maritime applications, including for fish farming.IoT access to these VHF bands is available through existing licences issued by Ofcom. However, the watchdog says there is “a popular misconception” that its business radio (BR) licences are voice-only. Ofcom thinks this might be hindering investment in IoT.“We are keen to address this misconception because we believe our BRlicence products are appropriate for a wide range of IoT uses. This is because BR licences are flexible, simple to apply for, relatively inexpensive and can be used for data transmission,” said the regulator.Ofcom has opened a consultation on setting aside 10 MHz of spectrum, and whether any other changes to the licences are necessary to promote innovation. The closing date is 12 November. Related Home Ofcom eyes 10 MHz for IoT, aims to counter licensing “misconception” Tags Author IoTOfcomlast_img read more