Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Network Market

Date: 2016-05

Wireless Technology has become a key differentiator in the industries to enhance respective efficiencies and value propositions for plethora of operations. Wireless technology, complimented by Industry 4.0 & IoT is rapidly replacing conventional cable-based networks due to reduction in costs and versatility in placing devices without any crucial requirement of creating a suitable infrastructure. But the current technology gap in communication between devices is being filled with Cellular & Satellite technologies. The Scalability, Cost & Power Consumption of such technologies has bleak chances of mass adoption, thereby giving rise to the emergence of wireless standards that can overcome the aforementioned issues associated with Cellular & Satellite technologies.

The report titled ‘Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Network’ aims at exploring several wireless technologies employed specifically for M2M and M2P Communications on enormous scale. The report covers the wireless technologies involved in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Networks under two broad categories: Licensed Spectrum and Unlicensed Spectrum. Licensed Spectrum involves the utilization of 3GPP technologies including GSM, LTE, WCDMA, 3G and 5G. This spectrum is being explored for radio access technology that involves EC-GSM, LTE-M and NB-IoT as the dominant standards. The Unlicensed Spectrum deals with proprietary radio access technology such as ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and several others. Under this open spectrum, developers have created certain wireless protocols, viz: Ultra Narrow Band comprising of Weightless and SigFox along with LoRa, IEEE 802.11ah and RPMA as other emerging categories.

As IoT penetrates rapidly in every sphere of economic and non-economic activities, the devices connected through wireless technologies are bound to escalate exponentially. Therefore, the LPWA Networks market has been thoroughly evaluated based on the applications including Industrial, Medical. Building/Home Automation, Agriculture and few others. All these applications have also been mapped to various regions comprising Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (RoW). Based on further breakdown to eminent countries in a particular region, the relevance and penetration of IoT in each of the application has been determined corresponding to prevailing dynamics in countries.

The LPWA is still an evolving field that is being researched extensively for development of advanced wireless networks. The key stakeholders in this field; notably Network Equipment Providers, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Chipset/Module Manufacturers, Wireless Technology Providers along with formation of several Non-Profit Alliances/Interest Groups to promote implementations have been aggressively pursuing the development of LPWA. Some of the eminent stakeholders in the market including Senet, SigFox, LoRa Alliance, Telensa, Weightless SIG, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Qualcomm, Ingenu and several others have been profiled to provide a comprehensive overview of the market developments along with key strategies adopted by respective stakeholders to create worthwhile propositions.

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