CommsDay: LoRaWAN winning the IoT standards network share race

Published: November 1st, 2018

Leading LoRaWAN IoT exponent NNNCo has lauded a new international study which shows the platform is winning the network share race against three competing standards: SigFox, NB-IOT and LTE-M.

The study by IoT Analytics into Low-Power Wide-Area Networks showed that LoRaWAN is now employed by 83 operators globally. SigFox is used in 57, NB-IoT in 46 and LTE-M in just 13.

NNNCo, which has developed IoT networks across Australia, lauded the findings. CEO Rob Zagarella told CommsDay that “LoRaWAN is winning because of its open nature and flexible network architecture.”

This is driving next generation telcos like NNNCo which co-invest with industry to deploy the right mix of public and private infrastructure to serve their specific needs within a national and global roaming-based network ecosystem, he added. “This model is driving the next stage of growth in IoT – the enterprise and industrial markets. Supporting that growth will be the data layer infrastructure that simplifies how data is ingested and managed by multiple enterprise markets. NNNCo is building this data layer infrastructure with major local government and industry traction via its N2N-DL platform,” he said.

The study said that if it also counted the open-source community of the Things Network and a few other entities that have deployed private LoRaWAN networks, the number of countries with LoRaWAN deployments grows from 49 to 95.

“Some of these operators are new companies that were formed specifically to be a LoRaWAN operator, but there are also many players coming from other IoT or telecom related businesses, such as wired broadband internet and telephony providers, radio and television broadcasters, as well as providers of various other telecommunication services and IoT end-to-end solutions,” IoT Analytics concluded.

“LoRa operator examples include ZTE, Tata Communications, Orange, and KPN. Overall, the range of LoRaWAN operators is the most heterogenous when compared to other LPWAN technologies.”

Article by CommsDay editor, Grahame Lynch

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