No. 425: Internet of Things and Spectrum Policy Challenges – Spectrum demand for M2M communication services and spectrum policy recommendations
(full version only available in German)
Authors: Bernd Sörries, Lorenz Nett
The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will become increasingly important in the future. It is expected that such applications will be used in various industries. In the automotive industry, this will be in the implementation of autonomous driving and automatic production process control. In the energy sector, IoT plays an important role in the implementation of the digitalization of the energy transition, for example in the form of smart grids and smart meters.
The challenge for the spectrum management authorities at national and European level is to identify frequency ranges in which IoT applications should be allowed as well as to establish appropriate frequency usage conditions and effective frequency assignment regimes. In view of the large number of technical standards, some of which are still under development, and a large number of possible applications, with differing requirements and a high degree of uncertainty regarding the development of actual demand, the framework conditions for this are very complex. In this discussion paper, the current situation with regard to IoT applications and their requirements, current technical standards for enabling IoT applications and potential demand trends are presented in an indicative manner. At the same time, measures at the European level are cited to accompany the process of diffusion of IoT. These are not limited to radio spectrum policy measures, although this is a primary focus. Against this background, current radio spectrum policy initiatives and measures with a view to IoT are presented at the European level. We will also present in more detail the spectrum policy initiatives and approaches to promote M2M services in the UK. Subsequently, specific radio spectrum policy challenges for the Federal Network Agency with a view to IoT will be discussed.
Discussion Paper is available for download.
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