Telecom Regulatory of India Recommends Delicensing of Some Spectrum for M2M Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its recommendations on “spectrum, roaming and quality of service related requirements in M2M (machine-to-machine) communications” said spectrum allocation should be technology and service neutral and no separate spectrum band should be allocated exclusively for M2M services. However, in order to facilitate the smooth roll-out of M2M services utilising “licence exempt spectrum, 1 MHz of spectrum at 868 MHz (867-868) and a chunk of 6 MHz of spectrum at 915-935 MHz is recommended to be delicensed. Delicensng the V-band (57-64 GHz) as recommended by the authority on various occasions may be done on priority.”

M2M is the basis for automated information exchange between machines and can impact various industry verticals like smart city, smart grid, smart water, smart transportation, smart health etc.