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24 May 2022

Round-up of highlights from the week’s news

By Wireless Watch Staff

India declines direct spectrum allocations for private enterprise 5G

India is continuing to prohibit direct spectrum allocations to enterprises for private 5G and Industry 4.0 for now, unlike most other major industrial markets apart from China.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has instead recommended that leases for enterprise-owned private 5G networks should be controlled by incumbent mobile network operators, which will be obliged to make local spectrum provisions to enterprises.

Trai has urged key MNOs, primarily Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea, to serve enterprises either by sub-letting local spectrum to them, or by providing slices as-a-service from their public airwaves, whether newly acquired in the upcoming auction or “liberalized” from their existing holdings.

The government is set to auction airwaves at 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.3-3.67 GHz.

LoRa adds support for IPv6

The LoRa Alliance has added support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) over LoRaWAN, which will allow Internet-based IoT applications to be deployed and integrated more quickly, while expanding the range of industrial applications that can be addressed.

The Alliance cited requirements for IP-based standards in its core market of smart electricity metering, as well as potential to extend the technology to new applications in smart buildings, logistics and homes.

LoRa Alliance members in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have helped specify the static context header compression (SCHC) and fragmentation techniques to make transport of IP packets over LoRaWAN efficient. The first application to use SCHC for IPv6 over LoRaWAN is DLMS/COSEM (Device Language Message Specification/Companion Specification for Energy Metering) for smart metering, developed as part of a liaison between LoRa Alliance and the DLMS User Association to address the requirement from electric utilities to use IP-based standards.

The Alliance issued a statement, saying: “There are many additional applications for IPv6 over LoRaWAN, such as monitoring Internet networking equipment, reading RFID labels, and IP-based smart home applications, among others.”

Rakuten Mobile aims to launch FWA in Japan by year end

Japanese MNO Rakuten Mobile expects to launch fixed wireless access (FWA) services in Japan in December 2022, according to CEO Tareq Amin, to run in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave spectrum.

“I’m just waiting for our CPE devices to arrive,” said Amin. “We have a bit of constraint and supply chain issues on CPE deliveries.”

Despite such constraints, Amin promised low tariffs for the FWA service, which is being rolled out alongside a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) offering.