In the last few years, LoRaWAN and Sigfox have witnessed substantial global growth in their network footprint. Supporting both private and public network deployment models, LoRaWAN has networks in over 55 countries and is supported by a wide array of operator-grade outdoor gateways and cost-efficient indoor gateway solutions from Cisco, Kerlink, Multitech, Laird, and Tektelic. On the other hand, Sigfox has been a proponent of public networks for Internet of Things (IoT) applications using outdoor base stations. In mid-2018, Sigfox introduced Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) solution for regions where the nationwide network is currently not available. Further, in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, Sigfox introduced the Access Station Micro, a US$450 gateway that provides Sigfox network coverage on demand with an option to use fixed line, cellular, or low-bandwidth satellite for data backhaul. While there has been significant interest and market demand for LPWA network solutions such as Sigfox, LoRaWAN, Narrowband (NB)-IoT, and Long-Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M), there have been few devices and solutions in the market that could address the market’s needs.
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