LPWA Network Technologies Outlook for 2019

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1Q 2019 | IN-5366


LPWA Network Connections Will Grow Exponentially in 2019 


In 2018, network technologies witnessed significant growth in building public network infrastructure. While the Sigfox and Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) networks were commercially available through large-scale network deployments in more than 40 countries, telcos have globally launched more than 77 Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and Long-Term Evolution-Category M1 (LTE-M) networks. Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks added nearly 48 million new connection in 2018, with proprietary technologies accounting for over half of the market share, followed by LoRaWAN with 25% of the total LPWAN connections. Some end of 2018 highlights include:

  • The LoRa Alliance introduced new enhancements to the LoRaWAN protocol to standardize Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates for end devices.
  • During the annual Sigfox Connect event, Sigfox announced a number of new technology innovations, such as Bubbles, a beacon-based indoor location services, and the Atlas Wi-Fi service that is covered in another ABI Insight.
  • On November 2…

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