Will Utilities Continue to Deploy Private Networks and Ignore Public LPWA Networks?

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2Q 2018 | IN-5157


Private Networks Account for 93% of All LPWA Connections in 2017


According to recently published market data on Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) networks (here), private networks have been the most popular choice to connect LPWA devices during 2017. Energy and water utilities have been the leading proponents of private LPWA networks for their smart metering initiatives and have contributed to over 60% of global LPWA connections in 2017. This executive foresight will analyze the utilities’ smart metering implementations and the impact on the regional adoption of private and public LPWA networks.

Acceleration in Regional Smart Metering Projects


Energy and water utility–led smart metering implementations are a more mature, Internet of Things (IoT) growth market for LPWA network technologies. Smart metering initiatives have led to accelerated global adoption in the past decade and have accounted for over 450 million smart meters across the world by the end of 2017. LPWA network technologies represent less than 11% of the con…

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