This Comment discusses the opportunity that the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) services market represents for communications service providers (CSPs).
We suggest that stakeholders in the white-space spectrum value chain proceed with caution and consider their options carefully.
The problem of spectrum shortage for mobile data services is well known. Recently, the mobile industry and the press have suggested that white-space spectrum offers a credible means of addressing this spectrum shortage. In our Report, we assess the capabilities of white-space technology, determining the extent of its potential advantages and limitations.
This Report provides:
The conclusions of the Report are supported by interviews with industry stakeholders including Arqiva, BSkyB, BT, Cognovo, Hutchison 3G UK, Neul, Nokia, Orange/France Telecom, Spectrum Bridge and Telcordia Technologies.
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