Proposals put forward by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are expected to make access to spectrum easier for the companies operating machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications links. In a press release the regulator revealed that planned changes to existing regulations will remove a technical barrier to the operation of narrowband low powered wireless networks in the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) Class Licence 2015 in the 900MHz, 2.4GHz band and 5.8GHz bands. Such frequencies, the ACMA noted, support a variety applications across a number of industries, including data telemetry, machine data and monitoring, sensor networks, smart metering, security systems and industrial control. Submissions on the proposed changes are being accepted until 26 February 2016.
‘The changes should encourage innovations in the M2M and [Internet of Things] IoT spaces,’ ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said of the plans, adding: ‘The proposals are a part of our work in looking at Australia’s state of readiness for IoT and identifying areas where the ACMA can further assist IoT developments.’