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The concepts of “Internet of Things” (IoT) are increasingly seen as enablers of a still wider range of communication services all the way from simple wireless meter reading to the overall SMART CITY vision. If, however, the stakeholders in this promising industry cannot agree on a set of candidate spectrum bands and a corresponding suite of technical standards for IoT, then the vision could end up in a chaos of poor spectrum utilisation and component incompatibilities with a fragmented/nationally oriented market as a result. Poor competition and therefore expensive devices. Fortunately, the excellent cooperation between ETSI (Standards), CEPT (Spectrum Regulation) and the EU Commission (EU legal provisions) seems to be bringing good results for IoT, as was/is the case for GSM (Cellular Telephony), TETRA (Mission Critical Emergency Communications and LTE (Mobile Broadband).
By Steffen Ring, Ring Advocacy.
The presentation was made at the Fraunhofer Innovation Days on 22nd-23rd May 2017 in Bonn