The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has received 100 registrations for machine-machine (M2M) service providers and wireless local-area network (WLAN)/ wireless personal area network (WPAN) connectivity providers till October 14, 2022. M2M/internet of things (IoT) communication results in significant operational efficiencies, improved quality of products and services, appropriate and autonomous decision-making, cost efficiency and improved return on investment (ROI) besides being capable of unlimited scalability.

In order to strengthen the M2M/IoT ecosystem and to facilitate wider proliferation and innovation in the sector, DoT issued guidelines for the registration of M2M service providers and WPAN/WLAN connectivity providers. To facilitate the prospective registrants and with a view to aid ease of doing business, DoT commenced the process of onboarding the M2M service providers in March 2022 through an online registration process on its existing Saral Sanchar portal.

According to DoT, this registration would go a long way in addressing issues such as obtaining resources from the authorised telecom licensees, know-your-customer (KYC), traceability and encryption for the M2M service providers. It may also help M2M service providers to boost their business globally, as registration will provide them recognition as a registered entity with the government. Moreover, the online registration will create a database which may be used by the connectivity providers to manage effective spectrum sharing in unlicensed bands which might help in achieving high quality of services (QoS). This registration shall also facilitate the government to gather information on the various use cases of M2M/IoT being developed by the M2M services providers and help in the adoption of one M2M standards-based deployments in the country.

Further, the DoT has requested the M2M service providers and WPAN/WLAN connectivity providers who have yet not registered to register themselves through DoT’s Saral Sanchar Portal.