Spectrum is used to carry information wirelessly for a vast number of vital services ranging from mobile phones and Wi-Fi to terrestrial and satellite broadcasting. The mobile industry depends on internationally harmonised spectrum to provide affordable services to billions of people and connected devices. Without sufficient spectrum, that is made available under the right conditions, the mobile industry cannot deliver the connectivity on which the digital economy depends.

The GSMA works to ensure that mobile operators have timely, affordable and fair access to sufficient spectrum to meet rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband and Internet of Things (IoT) services. The viability of cellular-based IoT is contingent on governments adopting a positive regulatory framework, especially as it pertains to mobile spectrum.  The GSMA’s position is that:

Regulators should adopt a service/technology neutral framework to support cellular IoT Licensed spectrum is vital in order to deliver the most reliable, high quality IoT services Licensed spectrum has the capacity and coverage capabilities to support IoT growth International spectrum harmonisation is vital for a global, affordable cellular IoT market Regulators should work with the mobile industry to support IoT in 5G spectrum planning

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GSMA response to OFCA Hong Kong

GSMA position on the HK regulator proposal to modify the spectrum licensing regime in relation to the provision of IoT services Download

Supporting Mobile IoT adoption through service and technology neutral regulatory frameworks

NB-IoT Is one of the three technologies part of the ‘Mobile IoT’. It is a narrowband radio technology capable of addressing the connectivity requirements of IoT devices in most licensed spectrum bands. It can be deployed in three modes: in-band, standalone and guard-band in ...

GSMA Public Policy Position – Spectrum for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hugely important and rapidly growing market with the potential to transform the digital economy. Mobile services play an important role in the wide area IoT market and are rapidly evolving to meet an growing array of different requirements – ...

GSMA Public Policy Position – 5G Spectrum

This paper updates the GSMA’s key 5G spectrum positions. It is available in English, French and Spanish, and focuses on the areas where governments, regulators and the mobile industry should cooperate to make 5G a success. Download (English) Download (French) Download (Spanish)

Spectrum for Internet of Things Needs to be Carefully Considered

One of the key building blocks for the Internet of Things is access to spectrum under the right terms and conditions. Find out what this means in detail in this blog. Download