Silver Spring applauds CEPT's M2M spectrum move

US smart-grid specialist Silver Spring Networks has welcomed the decision by Europe’s CEPT to free up additional radio spectrum for M2M services.

Representing the national regulatory authorities of 48 European countries, the CEPT recently published a framework for members to allocate 5MHz of sub-1GHz spectrum for use with so-called wireless mesh M2M networks.

The spectrum falls between 870MHz and 875.6MHz.

“We take for granted the everyday use of wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but these technologies and their immense societal value came about because of the wisdom to make the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands license-exempt,” said James Pace, the managing director of European markets for Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City, CA, USA).

“Likewise, we believe the release of license exempt sub-GHz spectrum will unlock billions of euros in value for the widespread deployment of many M2M solutions, whose business cases are often broken when licensed spectrum technologies are the only option,” he added.

Silver Spring Networks said the CEPT decision represented an important step in terms of rationalizing cross-border spectrum use and helping to further ensure that large-scale M2M networks can be securely implemented across Europe.

The company said it was at work on rolling out its technology in a number of European markets and expected the CEPT move to provide a boost to its efforts.

“The CEPT’s designation of additional license exempt spectrum for M2M is the first step in the release of spectrum for broad commercial use across Europe,” said Pace.

The CEPT move means European countries can now begin allocating spectrum for use in a variety of M2M, smart grid and smart-city wireless networks.

Silver Spring Networks says the decision should create “market certainty” and ultimately result in “cost-effective radio implementations of benefit to all European citizens”.