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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 16:19 IST

DoT extends registration to all M2M, WPAN/WLAN players, releases 15-page guideline

The decision comes after consultation with TRAI, industry

Gauri Joshi
Department of Telecommunications
Department of Telecommunications | Image:Department of Telecommunications
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Doors opened for more players: The Department of Telecommunications has extended Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Wireless Personal Area Network/Wireless Local Area Network (WPAN/WLAN) registrations to all entities in such businesses.

As per an official communique on Sunday, all business entities, including companies, government departments and organisations, partnership firms among others engaged in the provisioning of these connectivity services have been advised to register through the SaralSanchar portal.

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An extensive guideline for the registration process was also released by the department, which have an extensive focus on security technical conditions, among other modalities .

Non-compliance may lead to withdrawal or disconnection of telecom resources obtained from the Authorised Telecom Licensees, the Department said in a statement.

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The decision, DoT said, has been taken to extend the scope of the registration to invite more players in what is conventionally a standard-based, secure ecosystem for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

“The DoT is committed to ensure building a secure and innovative M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) landscape. National Digital Communication Policy aims at creating a robust digital communication infrastructure, enable next generation technologies and ensure a holistic and harmonized approach for harnessing Emerging Technologies such as M2M/loT,” DoT said.

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The decision comes after recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and industry stakeholders were taken into consideration by the Department.

As per the guidelines, WPAN/WLAN providers are authorised to use these technologies in unlicensed spectrum or frequency exempt bands, to provide connectivity for M2M services.

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The connectivity providers’ network must also connect to a licensed telecom provider network for backhaul connectivity, and update on changes to customers’ and machines’ details.

The Ministry of Communications is led by Ashwini Vaishnaw, who also holds the portfolio for Railways and Electronics and Information Technology (Meity). The Minister presented the Telecom Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament, which was passed in both houses.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 16:04 IST

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