Public LoRaWAN networks grow by 66% over three years

The LoRa Alliance has announced that public LoRaWAN networks have grown by 66 percent over the past three years.

Public LoRaWAN networks have grown by 66% in three years.
The LoRa Alliance reported that public LoRaWAN networks have grown by 66 percent over the past three years.
LoRaWAN is an open standard for IoT Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). The LoRa Alliance has more than 500 members – including IBM, Cisco, HP, Foxconn, Semtech, Bosch, and Schneider – and has been supporting the expansion of the LoRaWAN ecosystem since 2015.

LPWAN deployments have traditionally been driven by mobile network operators. However, the LoRa Alliance notes that much of the recent progress “has largely been achieved by non-MNOs building critical dedicated infrastructure to support the expanding LPWAN IoT needs.”

Recent investments in satellite providers and LoRaWAN community networks have increased coverage. The LoRa Alliance sees the growing diversity of LoRaWAN networks – including public, community, satellite and private as well as hybrid network approaches – as a key differentiator.

“The installed base of LPWAN devices will exceed 2 billion units by 2025,” said Steve Hoffenberg, director and industry analyst at market research firm VDC Research.

“With low-cost gateways, scalable public and private networks, and satellite capabilities, LoRaWAN is uniquely positioned to bring connectivity to as many devices and locations as possible, helping to drive the growth of the LPWAN market.”