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October 6, 2015

Wireless IoT Forum urges telcos to free IoT

News: Body lobbying to avoid interference and spectrum fragmentation in IoT low-power wide area networks.

By Joao Lima

UK telecoms regulators, including Ofcom and the FCC, are being urged to dedicate bandwidth to ensure the monetisation and long-term sustainability of IoT networks and services.

The warning has been made by the Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF), an organisation that seeks to accelerate the wide-scale adoption of IoT wireless wide-area networking technologies.

The body said that if current growth trends continue, a profusion of wide-area IoT networks will result in many thousands of IoT devices per cell.

The WIoTF said that to communicate with these devices, cells will need at least sufficient power to deliver in a range of up to 5km.

It also said that these need the ability to have an uplink/downlink balance that is flexible, extending to applications that are predominantly downlink as well as those that are predominantly uplink.

In addition, cells will also have to have reasonable freedom from interference and a small number of frequencies spanning a relatively narrow band that are available globally.

William Webb, WIoTF CEO, said: "We would like to see regulators dedicate bands in the range 800MHz-1000MHz to IoT applications, thus overcoming interference issues.

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"Where IoT is deployed in general purpose unlicensed bands we would like to see "light licensing" approaches for base stations removing duty cycle restrictions and enabling higher power levels."

The WIoTF includes members such as Accenture, BT, Cisco and Telensa.

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