French Telecom Regulator Consults on Open Spectrum for IoT

French telecoms regulator, Arcep has started a public consultation on the use of open (unlicensed) spectrum by short-range devices (SRDs), in an anticipation of wide adoption for IoT (Internet of Things)/M2M technology.

A report by Joelle Toledano, a French economist, entitled ‘Dynamic Spectrum Management to Bolster Innovation and Growth’, which was submitted on the 1st of July mooted the goverment to issue the public consultation that will last till 15 October 2014. The report among others highlights that there was no more available frequencies in the “easily exploitable frequency bands” and that it was getting “more and more difficult” to resort to classical methods of frequency band liberation.

The French goverment is exploring the use of unlicenced spectrum such as the widely used 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi frequency bands to relieve congestion on mobile data traffic by moving some of the applications to different networks.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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