Feb 8: The National Telecom Policy 2018 which is likely to be released in the public domain soon for discussions is expected to be liberal and non-prescriptive in its licensing approach in Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, according to Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications.
Revealing this at the launch of FICCI-EY report on ‘M2M-changing lives of 130 crore + Indians’, Ms Aruna Sundarrajan said that the M2M framework would focus on low cost manufacturing, where exciting innovation is already happening.
M2M is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans.
“M2M is the next big opportunity for India in terms of its impact and the quantum change that it will bring about in the quality of services and delivery. The favourable impact of M2M on job creation had already set in as seen by the arrival of the first set of start-ups in areas such as agriculture, smart cities, healthcare and water management,” Aruna Sundarrajan said.
Machine to Machine (M2M) communications supported by cross-industry collaboration are expected to have a fundamental impact on the way we live and work, reduce waste, improve health and meet other major social and economic needs such as security, transportation and logistics, education and energy. M2M communications are also set to change the way businesses operate. The ability to use and capitalise on the data collected by M2M is helping companies build and sustain competitive advantage. Companies are using M2M to find new revenue streams, improve margins, productivity and customer experience, and foster innovation.
Proliferation of M2M is attributed to advancements in semi-conductor technologies and decline in the cost of sensors, both of which are the building blocks of the M2M ecosystem. The government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative has the potential to further bring down hardware costs. With the current growth momentum, M2M connections are likely to reach 429m by 2021.