"Ofcom is today consulting on plans to encourage investment and
innovation in the Internet of Things by using 10 MHz of existing
spectrum for new applications.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to enable large numbers of
previously unconnected devices to communicate and share data with one
another via ‘Machine-to-Machine’ communications (M2M).
Ofcom’s aim is to encourage M2M applications to use spectrum that
will enable them to connect wirelessly over longer distances. This VHF
spectrum has different properties to other frequencies, already in use
for the IoT, and can reach distant locations which other frequencies may
Ofcom believes access to spectrum in this range could open new
opportunities and bring benefits to citizens and consumers, especially
those in remote and rural parts of the UK. The frequencies being made
available span the 55-68 MHz, 70.5-71.5 MHz and 80.0-81.5 MHz bands.
Ofcom is also seeking views on whether any changes to the existing
licence products are necessary in order to promote innovative uses in
these bands, especially for serving rural and remote locations.
There are already more than 40 million devices connected via the IoT
in the UK alone. This is forecast to grow more than eight-fold by 2022,
with hundreds of millions of devices carrying out more than a billion
daily data transactions.
Today’s consultation closes on 12 November 2015."
See http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/radio-spectrum-internet-of-things/ .