OECD report- M2M Communication: Connecting Billions of Devices


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has just released a report prepared by Rudolf van der Berg @internetthought that looks at the future of Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M) and how governments around the world can approach the topic and its implications.

Machine-to-Machine Communications: Connecting Billions of Devices


This document examines the future of machine-to-machine communication (M2M), with a particular focus on mobile wireless networks. M2M devices are defined, in this paper, as those that are actively communicating using wired and wireless networks, are not computers in the traditional sense and are using the Internet in some form or another. While, at the global level, there are currently around five billion devices connected to mobile networks, this may by some estimates increase to 50 billion by the end of the decade. The report provides examples of some of the uses to which M2M is being put today and its potential to enhance economic and social development. It concludes that to achieve these benefits, however, changes to telecommunication policy and regulatory frameworks may be required. Some of the main areas that will need to be evaluated, and implications of M2M assessed, include: opening access to mobile wholesale markets for firms not providing public telecommunication services; numbering policy; frequency policy; privacy and security; and access to public sector information.

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The main reason for the focus on M2M is to consider the implications for communication infrastructure and services. The other terms are too broad, too limited or too much focused on a specific application. Many applications of M2M will make use of mobile cellular networks, because these are ubiquitous on a global scale, however not all devices will have wireless embedded.

For M2M data collected by the public sector as part of its various roles, the “OECD Recommendation of the Council for enhanced access and more effective use of public sector information” is valid. It recommends governments promote openness and for broad non-discriminatory competitive access and transparent conditions for re-use. Whenever the public sector develops M2M projects it should seek to include a mechanism, so that the data can be used in new ways to enhance the value of M2M for the public.

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