ISGF Briefing : TRAI Recommends 7 MHz of licence-free spectrum for M2M Applications in India

On 05 Sept 2017, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released recommendations on “Spectrum, Roaming and QoS related requirements in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications”. In this report TRAI recommends to release 7 MHz of licence free spectrum for M2M communications in the country. Presently 865 – 867 MHz band is available for licence free usage. TRAI recommends to expand this band by 1MHz to 865 – 868 MHz and also to release an additional 6 MHz in the 915 – 935 MHz band (refer Section 3.45, Page68 of the report).

It all started at India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) 2015 on 03 March 2015 with the plenary session “Brainstorming on spectrum requirements for IoT and M2M Communications in India” chaired by Mr. A.K Mittal, Head of Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) which was attended by subject matter experts from all over the world. This session unanimously recommended requirement of additional spectrum for M2M Communications in India.

Subsequently, ISGF worked closely with TEC and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on the formulation of “National Telecom M2M Roadmap” and “M2M Enablement in Power Sector” which were approved and released by Govt. of India in May 2015 ( Further, ISGF published a paper on spectrum requirements for M2M communications in India and submitted to TEC. This paper was examined by TEC and the key findings were included in a Technical Report on Spectrum Requirements for M2M Communications which was published by TEC in November 2015. This report recommended to release 10-12 MHz of additional spectrum for M2M applications in India. DoT examined this report and submitted to TRAI for their final recommendations. TRAI agreed for release of 7 MHz of additional licence- free spectrum which is great step in India’s march towards digital economy.  ISGF wish to thank TRAI, DoT, TEC, and all experts for their contributions in this great achievement.


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Smart Grid Bulletin March 2019

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