Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) provide wireless communications for IoT devices, occupying a distinct market niche between the shorter range of local area wireless networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.) and the higher costs of high bandwidth mobile telecommunications services. Devices only requiring periodic transmission of small amounts of data are well-suited to LPWAN technologies, and can run for years on battery power. This report examines the market for public LPWAN services, and discusses the variety of services offered through licensed and unlicensed radio spectrum, as well as the factors affecting how the market will change as it emerges from its infancy and as 5G technologies roll out.
What questions are addressed?
- How large is the market for public LPWAN services?
- What are the various LPWAN technologies, which are deployed now, and who are the leading service providers?
- For which vertical markets are LPWANs best suited?
- How do technologies and markets differ for unlicensed spectrum vs. licensed spectrum LPWANs?
- How will 5G mobile telecommunications impact the market for LPWANs?
- Why are some licensed spectrum mobile telecom service operators setting up their own unlicensed spectrum LPWAN services?