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Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things: Market Forecasts and MNO Approaches

Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things: Market Forecasts and MNO Approaches

  • April 2016
  • 84 pages
  • ID: 3783829
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Low power wide area IoT technologies in unlicensed spectrum are increasing in coverage and adoption, while standardized technologies for use in licensed spectrum are to become available later this year. The benefits of low cost, low power and broad coverage address a wide range of distinct application requirements which cellular, short range wireless and other connectivity options cannot match. Therefore growth is forecast to be very high. A number of proprietary LPWA technologies are available today, with deployments widening. We see that there are three main contenders emerging: SIGFOX, LoRa and RPMA, each of which enjoys various advantages and disadvantages in terms of capability, industry support, business model, degree of coverage and level of adoption. 3GPP LPWA standards, notably LTE-M and NB-IoT, will be finalized by mid-2016, and the first products are expected by the end of 2016

Main highlights

- LPWA technologies provide meaningful improvements in terms of power consumption, coverage and pricing over cellular and other M2M connectivity technologies, and as a result we expect to see strong adoption in coming years. Between 2015 and 2020, we forecast that cellular M2M connections will grow from 310m to 715m and LPWA M2M connections will grow from 20m to over 860m.

- Smart meters will, by some margin, be the most important application with 45.0 percent of global LPWA connections in 2020. Industrial/financial applications will be the second biggest, followed by consumer electronics, a broad category where we expect very high growth rates around 2020. Smart city applications, notably intelligent lighting/parking and clever buildings, are forecast to account for 12.0 percent of global LPWA connections in 2020. The adoption of LPWA in land vehicle-based applications is anticipated to be limited.

- North America continent is initially the most important LPWA region, largely because of the adoption of RPMA devices in predominantly private networks. LoRa and SIGFOX networks are also being rolled out in US. Western Europe is anticipated to become the biggest region in terms of LPWA connections in 2017, but Asia Pacific (APAC) will overtake it in the following year and by 2020 the latter is anticipated to represent nearly 46.0 percent of the total.

- Deployment of LPWA networks is anticipated to be much slower in developing markets, where the focus on M2M overall is much more limited. African continent and Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America area are anticipated to account for just 14.0 percent of LPWA overall connections in 2020.

- Mobile network operators are following a number of distinct approaches, depending on local market conditions, market maturity, degree of worldwide exposure, market position and degree of focus on M2M. Most operators are waiting for 3GPP standard LPWA technologies to be ratified and commercialized. Some operators are backing a range of LPWA technologies, either because they operate across different markets which have various needs or for opportunistic reasons, combined with local competition.


'Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things: Market Forecasts and MNO Approaches' report offers a in-depth overview of the LPWA networks and estimations globally. It affords a deep quantitative and qualitative insight into the LPWA key trends, evaluating near-term opportunities and assessing risk factors, established on comprehensive research findings by

Pyramid Research and consists of the following sections.

- M2M and IoT Definitions and Overview: It offers a short overview of M2M and IoT definitions, mapping of M2M applications and a comparison of M2M v/s cellular connections on a regional basis.

- LPWA Technology Overview: This section offers a comparable overview of the LWPA wrt to other prevalent traditional cellular technologies.

- Unlicensed LPWA Provider Profiles: It includes the profiles of LPWA providers such as SIGFOX, LoRa Alliance, Weightless, Ingenu and their LWPA offerings and deployment details.

- LPWA Technology Assessment: This section offers a comparable overview of LWPA providers and its impact on cellular technology (2G) and several comparisons across the six application categories as specified by Pyramid Research.

- MNO Approaches to LPWA: The different approaches and intent of the MNOs for deployment, support and reselling of the LWPA network services.

- M2M and LPWA Market Forecasts: This provides a exhaustive forecasts of LWPA technology and cellular M2M connections and revenues across top regions and M2M application categories as classified by Pyramid Research for the period 2014-2020.

- MNO LPWA Case Studies: This section features the LWPA deployment case studies by select telcos such as KPN, Bouygues, Swisscom, Orange, ATandT and Telefonica and provides an overview of their M2M and IoT offerings and their approach towards adoption of LWPA technologies.

- Key Findings and Recommendations: The study concludes with main findings and a set of recommendations for MNOs, vendors and for unlicensed LPWA service network operators.

Great reasons to purchase

- This industry report benefits executives gain understanding of the distinct LPWA IoT technologies and adoption trends across several geographies and industry verticals.

- The LPWA IoT ambitious landscape is given extra attention, enabling MNOs, vendors and unlicensed LPWA Service Network Operators to gain the insight they need.

- The broad but in-depth LPWA IoT perspective will enable MNOs, vendors and unlicensed LPWA Service Network Operators to succeed in LWPA deployment across different regions.

- The analysis offers different case studies that showcase the principal approaches main mobile network operators are following regarding LPWA IoT technologies.

- The market research is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality that allows it to be turned into presentable material immediately.

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