JRC response to Ofcom More Radio Spectrum for the Internet of Things

There appears to be demand for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications, especially in rural areas and hard to reach locations, that require connectivity over longer distances. This Ofcom document aims to encourage investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) using 10.1 MHz of spectrum within the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.0-81.5 MHz bands by using our existing licence products. At the same time, Ofcom seeks views on whether any changes to its existing licence products are necessary to promote innovative uses in these bands, especially for serving rural and remote locations.
JRC highlights that the utilities have been operating Resilient Machine to Machine (RM2M) systems for over 50 years. JRC highlights that, whilst access to more spectrum in bands below 1GHz is needed by the power utilities if they are to fulfil their regulatory obligations to maintain secure and sustainable supplies of electricity and gas, and to restore supplies in a timely manner when those supplies are interrupted for any reason, the proposed Band I and VHF Low Band spectrum may not be suitable.