Thai­land ap­proves band­width for IOT, Sino-thai rail­way

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

THE Na­tional Broad­cast­ing and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NBTC) on Wed­nes­day ap­proved the 920-925 mega­hertz spec­trum to be used for the In­ter­net of Things (IOT) as the reg­u­la­tor seeks to pro­mote the lo­cal IOT ecosys­tem.

The board also ap­proved a 5MHZ block on the 850MHZ spec­trum and a 5MHZ block on the 400MHZ band for the Thai-chi­nese high-speed rail­way project’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

The move meets a Trans­port Min­istry re­quest from early 2016 for the NBTC to al­lo­cate band­width on the 800-900MHZ spec­trum for a wire­less rail­way com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem.

Ac­cord­ing to NBTC sec­re­tary­gen­eral Takorn Tan­t­a­sith, the ap­proval is part of the spec­trum al­lo­ca­tion ar­ranged by the reg­u­la­tor.

The board con­cluded the 920925MHZ spec­trum is the best un­li­censed band to pro­mote the IOT ecosys­tem in Thai­land due to its va­cant range, and the fact it is not un­der a con­ces­sion.

Takorn said the spec­trum range is widely used by re­tail and se­cu­rity busi­nesses through ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, which utilises elec­tro­mag­netic fields to track ob­jects.

The NBTC’S work­ing panel has con­ducted ex­ten­sive re­search on IOT ser­vice plat­forms and li­cence regimes since last year. The panel ex­pects to ap­prove usage of the 920925 MHZ band for IOT pur­poses by the end of this year.

Look­ing at pre­vi­ous stud­ies, Takorn said the NBTC needs to clar­ify two ar­eas: the spec­trum for the IOT ser­vice that should be un­li­censed; and which li­cence IOT ser­vice providers have to ap­ply for from the NBTC.

Fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion is needed to sep­a­rate un­li­censed IOT ser­vice spectra from IOT ser­vice providers who have yet to ap­ply for a li­cence to op­er­ate in­ter­net ser­vices, he added.

All com­pa­nies that plan to pro­vide IOT ser­vices must hold an in­ter­net li­cence ap­proved by the NBTC.

A source at the reg­u­la­tor’s work­ing panel said IOT ser­vice providers are likely to be reg­u­lated un­der the

NBTC’S in­ter­net ser­vice li­cence. Re­cent re­ports sug­gest that, glob­ally, there will be 20 bil­lion Ioten­abled de­vices by 2020. Th­ese can fa­cil­i­tate var­i­ous op­er­a­tions such as prod­uct trace­abil­ity in lo­gis­tics, smart car mech­a­nisms and health­care.

Telecom op­er­a­tors have be­gun de­vel­op­ing Nar­row Band-in­ter­net of Things (NB-IOT) through their wire­less broad­band net­works and ex­ist­ing spec­trum ranges un­der the cur­rent li­cens­ing bill. NB-IOT con­nec­tions boast wider cov­er­age and lower costs com­pared to IOT.

The NBTC said the high-speed train project must be­gin us­ing the 850MHZ and 400MHZ spec­trum bands by 2020 to re­ceive gov­ern­ment ap­proval as DTAC’S mo­bile con­ces­sion ex­pires next year, af­ter which the spec­trum will be­come avail­able. – Bangkok Post

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