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July 25, 2014

How Ofcom is driving the Internet of Things market

The broadcasting watchdog seeks input on IoT growth strategy.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Ofcom is seeking industry input on plans to bolster investment, policy support and innovation in technologies related to Internet of Things (IoT).

The Call for Inputs is welcoming views from all stakeholders, allowing Ofcom to better understand the full range of issues that might affect successful development of IoT in the UK.

The broadcasting watchdog said the availability of radio spectrum will play an important role in enabling the IoT as more and more devices connect to the Internet.

"We are seeking input on the scale and nature of demand for spectrum, including how much additional spectrum may be required to support the IoT, if any; which frequency bands may be suitable; and whether an approach based on licensed or licence exempt access to spectrum is more appropriate," it said

Ofcom added that the IoT will only be successful if policies are developed that address the related privacy issues.

"Some IoT applications will require highly robust and reliable networks and we are, therefore, interested in understanding more about issues relating to network resilience and security," it said.

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