DoT opens portal applications for registration of M2M companies

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has commenced the registration for machine-to-machine (M2M) service and connectivity providers on the SaralSanchar portal.

The communication among devices like deduction of money on toll plaza through Fastag and sending the alert to the subscriber about deduction of money fall under M2M category, where the message is transmitted automatically.

“This registration shall help in addressing concerns like connectivity with telecom service providers, KYC, traceability and encryption for service providers,” the official memorandum said.

To that end, DoT has mandated all M2M companies to register for providing service.

To obtain registration/licence, the entities have to visit the SaralSanchar portal. The guidelines, user manual and FAQs are available on the portal.

DoT had recently issued guidelines for unified Licence (UL)/UL VNO (M2M) licenses and registration of M2M service providers and WPAN/WLAN connectivity providers.

The DoT guidelines envisage that entities that are offering or providing M2M services based on SIM/LAN (local area network) shall register as M2M service providers, while entities that use WPAN/WLAN technologies for providing M2M connectivity, operating in unlicensed spectrum, shall register as WPAN/WLAN connectivity providers.

On the other hand, the licensees shall be the entities who own the underlying network to provide connectivity and related services for M2M service providers.

The licensee can also provide M2M services exclusively through LPWAN or equivalent technologies using unlicensed/licensed spectrum.

According to the memorandum, the government has identified that M2M and the internet of things (IoT) is one of the fastest emerging technologies across the globe, providing enormous beneficial opportunities for society, industry and consumers.

It said that the M2M and IoT are being used to create smart infrastructure in various verticals, such as power, automotive, safety, and surveillance, remote health management, agriculture, smart homes, smart cities etc.