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Internet of Things and the ACMA's areas of focus: Emerging issues in media and communications occasional paper


In our latest occasional paper Internet of Things and the ACMA’s areas of focus—Emerging issues in media and communications, we look at Australia’s state of readiness for IoT and we are seeking feedback on areas where the ACMA can further facilitate IoT developments. 

The IoT refers to the inter-connection of many devices and objects utilising internet protocols. It is regarded as the next stage in digital communications convergence within the wider economy. Realising the potential benefits from mass device and information connectivity also depends upon appropriate regulatory settings enabling machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, reduced and/or removed barriers to adoption as well as mitigating potential harmful activities.

The paper identifies areas for attention that are likely to be important in facilitating IoT developments in the near, medium and longer term. These suggested priority areas include:

  • resource allocation such as spectrum and telephone numbers needed for communications infrastructure
  • managing network security and integrity
  • supporting the interoperability of devices and information through standards-setting
  • supporting Australian business and consumers to develop stronger digital technical capabilities and literacy to interact constructively with devices and the increasing complexity of digital information.

The ACMA is working with Communications Alliance members as part of the IOT Think Tank and is leading Work Stream 4 on spectrum availability.

The next paper in the Emerging Issues series will focus on 5G mobile developments.

Release date
November 2015





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Last updated: 03 March 2016

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