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ACMA proposes changes to aid M2M deployment in Australia

Steve Rogerson
December 23, 2015
Operators of M2M wireless communications links in Australia could find it easier to access spectrum under proposed changes to regulatory arrangements released this week.
Many current generation M2M and IoT devices access spectrum via the class licensing regime from the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA). This os similar to a spectrum commons.
The proposed changes 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. They support various applications such as data telemetry, machine data and monitoring, sensor networks, smart metering, security systems and industrial control, all across a variety of industries.
“The changes should encourage innovations in the M2M and IoT spaces,” said ACMA chairman Chris Chapman. “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.”
Other proposed changes to current regulatory arrangements include: the addition of the new frequency bands for radio determination transmitters used as industrial sensors; in-ground ultra-wide bandwidth transmitters used in automated parking management systems; building material analysis devices used for detection of objects in walls ceilings and floors; and to align for European arrangement for short range devices in the frequency bands 122.25-123GHz and 244-246GHz.
Submissions on the proposed changes close on February 26, 2016.