Telcos oppose using unlicensed spectrum for deploying advance metering infrastructure using wireless networks

Telecom operators have raised crimson flags above use of unlicensed spectrum for deploying purposes like advance metering infrastructure (AMI) using wireless networks. The telcos imagine deploying huge scale AMI with unlicensed spectrum can severely compromise the protection of the important infrastructure aside from main to a huge revenue decline to the federal government.

In a letter to telecom secretary K Rajaraman dated March 10, carriers have demanded that vital purposes like AMI and infrastructure ought to be produced only by the telecom organizations below their license and more than the licensed spectrum. The telcos stand comes in the backdrop of the electric power ministry making it possible for use of RF mesh technologies or wireless systems for implementation of AMI in India.

“Lack of protection checks and balances for unlicensed spectrum can make AMI susceptible. The visitors created by equipment applying the unlicensed spectrum are not likely to be set by way of any of the arduous tests and checking treatment,” Mobile Operators Association of India (COAI) said in the letter. COAI represents prime telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Concept.

The operators explained that in circumstance any sizeable stability breach occurs in a nationwide wise grid, along with disruption in essential administrative and utility providers, it can also cause massive decline in srevenue to the point out as very well as the Central.

“It is vital that interaction systems preferred for these initiatives should be robust, scalable, and protected. It also requirements to be ensured that regular engineering is adopted based on a globally set up roadmap and proven assist for interoperability. Lastly, there is a need to create a amount actively playing subject for all stakeholders although making sure no earnings loss to the governing administration,” the letter reported.

Even further, carriers highlighted that using unlicensed spectrum for support provisioning will not be subjected to any license cost, spectrum utilization rates and other regulatory levies. “Beyond only electricity metering, this RF Mesh (wireless technological innovation) can be deployed for other utility apps viz. in h2o offer, gasoline distribution and so on. This can guide to a state of affairs exactly where substantial-scale AMI, in numerous sectors, is deployed generally applying this RF Mesh and unlicensed spectrum band (865-868 MHz). This will result in a important reduction to the exchequer in the kind of shed levies,” the letter claimed.

The telecom operators stressed that utilizing unlicensed spectrum for AMI can lead to interference with their networks as operations in unlicensed bands are not governed by 3GPP or any other standardization system.Working with unlicensed spectrum for AMI, the telcos sense, can produce substantial industry bias from them as they obtain spectrum as a result of a demanding and clear auction approach, with extremely higher spectrum acquisition costs primarily because of to spectrum remaining a scarce resource. Aside from that, telcos pay back license charges and spectrum expenses etc to the authorities.

“However, there is no these legal responsibility applicable on the gamers employing the unlicensed spectrum. This will create an unfavourable marketplace bias in opposition to the licensees,” COAI added.