A series of regulatory conditions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and related device connectivity are scheduled to be implemented by 2019 to handle machine-to-machine connectivity in the industrial sector, with 5G wireless broadband set for worldwide commercial launch by 2020.
The general data of IoT users could be used to optimise public benefits through big data analytics management to facilitate public services. The telecom regulator set up a committee to draft a regulatory framework for IoT and connected devices on April 4. The committee has been discussing five categories for initial regulatory conditions: numbering and identification; spectrum and technical standards; permission related to radio communications and competition; security and privacy; and data arrangement structure and data interoperability.
The NBTC board recently approved the 400MHz range as additional spectrum for IoT usage in the utilities sector, assigned for smart meter connectivity.
Korkij Danchaivichit, deputy secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said smart meters are critical for IoT adoption. The NBTC is working with the Interior Ministry to coordinate with electricity and waterworks authorities.
Smart meter connectivity for utilities must be separated from other spectrum ranges to secure billing systems. Globally, huge numbers of organisations and startups are improving IoT applications.
IoT in Thailand is nascent, Mr Korkij said, as there are only 15,000-20,000 connected devices in the market.
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